Tips – travelling with a CI
If you’re secretly counting down to your holidays … and if you have a cochlear implant these tips might help you prepare for stress-free hearing when you’re travelling.
When making reservations
Some places have “Accessible” rooms options.
Accessible rooms have been designed for people with hearing loss, poor eyesight etc. They include features such as visual alarms, specialised telephones, or doorbells that flash the room’s lights.
Keep everything important as close to you as is possible. This means batteries, chargers, drying system, accessories and back-ups. If these things are in your carry-on/hand baggage, you won’t lose your hearing if you lose your luggage.
If travelling internationally, bring along the appropriate power converters - or bring enough disposable batteries to last for your trip; seeing as there might not be any at your destination.
Have the contact information for Oticon Medical so you can find it. Print out a copy of your audio processor’s map, or bring a digital version along on a USB stick.
If you have to go through security check, let the ticketing agent know that you have a hearing loss and use a hearing implant or hearing aid when you’re checking in.
Most people don’t know about cochlear implants, so you can’t assume that they’ll be able to guess. If you tell them, they can include it in your profile.
Make sure to keep your cochlear implant identification card in your wallet.
You can walk through the metal detector without processors. Let the security staff know that you have cochlear implants as they might set off the detector, and inform the staff that you won’t be able to hear when you’re not wearing your processors.
If you are travelling alone, let your flight attendant know that you have a hearing loss and that you might not hear everything on the speakers. This way, they can get emergency information to you. You can wear your cochlear implants during the entire duration of the flight. You do not need to turn off your audio processors during take-off or landing. Cochlear implants, and hearing aids, in general, do not interfere with navigational systems.