Hearing Aids and Airport Security

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Hearing Aids and Airport Security
Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.
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One question I am frequently asked is

“What do I do with my hearing aids when I go through airport security?”

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.


Happy Travels from The Atlanta Hearing Doctor!