Travelling with a Ponto
Have you started planning your holiday yet? When travelling with a bone anchored hearing system like the Ponto, there are a few things you might want to consider. We’ve talked to some of our users and collected some travelling tips for you.
Try to remember everything you need and place it in the right places to cover all eventualities, or carry them on your person.
You could pack two packs of batteries; one in the carry-on and the other in the checked luggage. Then you’re covered in case of baggage loss. Alternatively pack all your hearing necessities in your hand baggage.
Remember to pack any accessories or attachments you may need. Things like Streamers, dehumidifiers, charging units, and protective cases could be overlooked when packing, but you’ll be glad you have them when you are on the road!
Going through airport security as a Ponto user should not be much different than it would be for anyone else. The Ponto should not set off any alarms or cause any problems, however, you could be asked about it. Typically, security personnel just want to know about the Ponto and how it functions. It can be important to point out that your Ponto does not utilize a cellular signal. You might be asked to remove your processor and send it through the x-ray along with your carry-on items. This will not harm your processor, so no need to worry if you are asked to do this.
The in-flight experience
Wearing your Ponto on the plane is a personal preference, but there are a few things to think about before you stow away your bags. If you like to sleep during flights, for example, you may want to take off your processor to be more comfortable.
If you would like to watch movies or listen to music, be sure to have extra batteries and accessories readily available. You can use the Oticon Medical Streamer or ConnectClip which utilize Bluetooth to listen to music or watch movies.
Because pressure drops do not affect a bone-anchored hearing system during take-off and landing, Ponto users should be able to hear rather normally in-flight.
When you are there
Climate is an important factor in caring for your device while you are away from home – as it is at home. A warm, humid climate will not harm your Ponto, but, as with any electronic device, it is best to avoid excessive moisture. Use of a drying tub can be helpful in high humidity. Contact your audiologist or Oticon Medical for more information.
And above all:
Do not forget to take off your processor before jumping in the pool or the ocean.
Safe travels and happy holiday