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Can I wear hearing aids on an airplane?

Question

I was sitting at the airport the other getting ready to board a flight when I thought about the ramifications of wearing an electronic device in your ear while on a plane. I wondered if the hearing aids would have any effect on the plane or vice versa. I’ve asked some people their opinion but there doesn’t seem to be a general consensus on the matter so I figured I would ask the experts. Can I wear hearing aids on an airplane, and if I can’t then why not?

Answer

The answer is yes you can wear hearing aids on a plane. Some hi-tech hearing aids have wireless capability but this only operates in a short range (1 to 10 metres) and does not interfere with the plane systems. Some people ask this question but about their ears popping at altitude. It really makes no difference as the hearing aids are unlikely to form an airtight seal to either prevent ear popping or alleviate it.

Author: Paul Harrison

Date: Thursday 7th February, 2013

Published in: Hearing Aid Questions

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