Airport Screening Tips for People with Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids In Manhattan Beach, CA
Many people with hearing loss have concerns about what will happen when they arrive at an airport. Will they be able to follow directions? How will the x-ray and other screening devices affect their hearing aids?
Here are some travel tips provided by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration). If you have any further questions, please give us a call and we will be happy to answer them.
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.
It is not necessary to remove hearing aids or the exterior component of a cochlear implant at security checkpoints.
It is best if you wear your hearing device while going through the metal detector.
According to Otolaryngologists and Otolaryngology surgeons, hearing devices such as hearing aids, Lyric Extended Wear hearing aids, cochlear implants, external component of cochlear implants, and middle ear implants are not affected by X-ray inspection, the walk-through metal detector, or the hand-held metal detector.
If you are concerned or uncomfortable with going through the walk-thorough metal detector, or are uneasy with having your external component of your cochlear implant X-rayed, 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.
If you use a hearing dog, you and the dog will remain together at all times while going through the security checkpoint. See the "Service Animal" section for more tips on service animals in the screening process.
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