The check list of things to do when flying seems to be constantly changing. Travelers are often warned about what they can or can’t bring in their checked luggage. Most travelers also know you may pass through an X-ray, metal detector or be manually checked by airport security officials.
The process, at times, seems daunting, especially if you have trouble hearing.
The Transportation Security Administration travel guidelines assure travelers that bringing your hearing aids shouldn’t be a problem.
Here is the most up-to-date information regarding hearing aids from TSA. You can find more information at, www.tsa.gov.
- It is not necessary to remove hearing aids at security checkpoints.
- It is best if you wear your hearing device while going through the metal detector.
- According to Otolaryngologist and Otolaryngology surgeons, hearing devices such as hearing aids are not affected by X-ray inspection, the walk-through metal detector, or the hand-held metal detector.
- If the screening process is unclear to you, ask the Security Officer to write the information down.
- If you can read lips or are hard of hearing, ask the Security Officer to look directly at you and repeat the information slowly.
- If you need to communicate with the Security Officer, inform her/him of your disability and the way in which you can communicate. TSA Security Officers are trained to provide whatever assistance they can to persons with hearing disabilities.
- If you are concerned or uncomfortable with going through the walk-thorough metal detector, you can ask for a full body pat-down of your person and a visual and physical inspection of the exterior component while it remains on your body.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday season whether traveling or not – Hearing Aid Express.