Travelling with Hearing Aids

If you are a hearing aid wearer, there are a few points to consider when you travel on a plane or travel internationally.

The major hearing aid manufacturers have an international warranty on their hearing aids, so if they are within the 1st year of the warranty, they will be covered overseas for any manufacturer repairs. Note though, this does not cover any related costs at the audiology clinic you go to - it is up to the clinics discretion, they are not bound by the warranty as they will not receive any reimbursement of costs from the manufacturer.

Travel Insurance

It is important to let your Travel Insurance company know that you have hearing aids.  Your hearing aids are not covered under home and contents insurance, while you are out of New Zealand.

Just to be safe, have your hearing aids named on the policy, because generally the value is greater than the default allowed for loss of items during travel.

 

Batteries

Hearing aid batteries are internationally recognised. A great way to recall what size your batteries are while travelling overseas is to remember the colour on your hearing aid battery packet. This colour will be the same on hearing aid battery packets anywhere in the world.

Size 10    -    Yellow

Size 13    -    Orange

Size  312 -   Brown

Size 675  -   Blue

 

Extra Consumables 

Although it is likely you could source extra consumables at other audiology clinics around the world, its advisable to stock up on tubes/domes/wax protectors etc before you go as it may be difficult to purchase these in some areas.

We keep a good stock of consumables in our clinic, though from time to time we may run short, so its always good to check in with plenty of time before you go away. We can usually get stock in the next day if we order by 3pm.

 

Humid Countries

If you are travelling to a humid country, definitely take a drying kit and extra drying tablets. If you have an electronic drying machine, this would be more beneficial.

If you know you may sweat excessively, and you have someone with you that can be your ears, it may be advisable to take your hearing aids off. If this isn't an option, ensuring you take them off as soon as possible and dry them out thoroughly will help towards preventing moisture damage. We could also send them away to the manufacturer on your return, to have them pulled apart and completely cleaned/dried out.

At The Airport

  1. Avoid storing your hearing aids in your checked in luggage, in case they get lost or stolen.
  2. Keep a spare set of batteries with you.
  3. It is okay to wear your hearing aids while going through metal detectors.
  4. Let the ticket attendant know that you may be hard of hearing.

During the Flight

  1. Let the flight attendant know that you may be hard of hearing.
  2. Your hearing aids must be switched off during take off and landing.