Our clients often ask us questions around this time of year regarding travelling with their hearing aids:
Is it alright to wear hearing aids whilst flying?
Will they hurt my ears on the plane?
Will they set the security scanners off at the airport?
The basic response to these questions is simply to encourage clients to carry on regardless. Hearing aids don't seem to upset security scanners in any way, and will work perfectly well in an aeroplane, although with the high noise levels generated when flying, it is sometimes more comfortable to switch them off during the flight.
Any discomfort that comes during flying is related to the air space behind the eardrum, not the ear canal, and as such, the hearing aids will not cause any discomfort as pressure changes occur. If clients do feel any pain in their ears, this is more likely on decent, as this happens more rapidly. In this scenario, moving the jaw as much as possible will help to open up the airways and equalise the pressure. Eating chewy sweets or chewing gum are often the best ways of doing this.
Perhaps the one precaution that we could suggest when flying to hot and sunny climates would be to encourage clients to take a drying kit with them. This is simply a device that helps to dry out any moisture or sweat that may collect in the hearing aid. It can make a big difference and stop any damage occurring in the aid. So, our advice is to pop in and pick up one of these kits before you go. After all, you don't want your hearing aid to need a second holiday on your return!
Edinburgh & St Andrews clinics open on reduced hours
We are delighted to offer a full audiology service, including hearing health assessments, all types of hearing aid repairs and the only private ENT nurse-led wax removal service in the country, on reduced hours from our Edinburgh and St Andrews clinics. Simply call us on 0131 220 1220 to book your appointment. Please note that you must call first to book an appointment.
All appointments at House of Hearing are carried out in accordance with current government guidelines, as well as adhering to the up-to-date Covid-19 clinical guidance, issued by the regulators and professional bodies for ENT and Audiology care services.
We look forward to welcoming you
The House of Hearing team
Edinburgh clinic - 2 Stafford Street, Edinburgh EH3 7AU St Andrews clinic - 24 Argyle Street, St Andrews KY16 9BU