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Experience a Different World! Travel Tips for Cochlear Implant Users

June 15th, 2009 by | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Traveling is such an incredible way to broaden our horizons, learn new languages, and try new food.  However, traveling takes a lot of time to prepare.  Because I have traveled to 18 countries, I am sharing tips based on some of my past traveling experiences relating to cochlear implants that may be helpful for other cochlear implant users to know.

Who’s gonna shake my bed? Of course almost no places will have an alarm clock with a bed shaker.  Taking the alarm clock with the vibrator disk is certainly a hassle!  Well, I’ve been using this great travel vibrating alarm clock called Sonic Boom Portable Vibrating Alarm Clock.

Also, many cellphones also have a vibrating alarm clock, and I use my cellphone as an alarm clock quite often.

Where am I going to store my processors? Dry and Store has a travel size box called Zephyr to store the processors.  I’ve also used the regular hearing aid dehumifier when I go to places that do not have a strong humid climate.

Can I go through the metal detectors at the airport? Of course!  According to Advanced BionicsCochlear™, and MED-ELcochlear implant users can pass through the metal detectors without any issues.

Also be sure to carry spare cords, magnets, and coils, and if you have spare processors, do take them too!  You’d never know what could happen on your trip.  Also, if you’re using rechargeable batteries, do not forget to take your battery charger!

What happens if my sound processors break? It is extremely important to bring spare sound processors if you have them when traveling because getting your sound processor fixed or acquiring a new sound processor can take away a lot of invaluable time from traveling.  If you do not have a spare sound processor and it does break, you can locate the nearest clinic on a manufacturer’s website - Advanced BionicsCochlear™MED-EL.  It is also a good idea to locate the nearest clinic in where you are traveling and write the information down on a paper to take with you prior to departing in case if you do not have access to internet.  You should also bring copies of your MAPs in case if the clinic abroad cannot access your MAPs.  You can also contact your manufacturer’s customer service, and they may be able to assist you in finding a solution should if a problem occur while traveling.

Do I need to bring plug converters or adapters?  Because the prongs for the plugs and voltage is not universal, it is imperative to check to see if your plug for battery charger, Dry and Store and any other electronic devices will work abroad.  Search “worldwide plug adapter” on Google and you will find out whether or not the plug will work in the country where you are traveling.  All three cochlear implant manufacturers have their own plug adapters for battery chargers.


EDITED 8/19/2013: Added additional tips.


June 15, 2009 at 7:13 am

You mean a third language!


June 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Peru sounds really exciting! I am jealous.

Tell me about the Zephyr — is it easy to fit two processors in it? How big is it compared to the Dry & Store Global?


June 16, 2009 at 12:32 am

Zephyr is slightly smaller than the Dry & Store Global. The size differences is really not that big. It certainly can fit two processors. I honestly prefer the regular Hearing Aid dehumidifier box as it’s lightweight and much more compact, but unfortunately, Peru is supposed to be VERY humid and so, I’ll have to drag the big fancy box.