Johnny Jet: 12 tips for traveling with a hearing loss

Having a hearing loss shouldn’t stop you—or anyone—from traveling. The following tips will ensure a smoother trip:
1. Sign up for travel alerts via email or text to avoid missing a flight. Gate/flight attendants, right or wrong, tend to forget to notify people of changes.
2. Have your hearing loss and any accommodation it requires noted in your passenger/hotel profile in case of an emergency.
3. Specify in writing the specific hearing access you need when booking a room. Otherwise, you’re likely to receive a wheelchair-accessible room. Hotels should offer a a simple remote to activate the television’s closed captions, wake/shake/visual alerts and a hearing-aid-compatible telephone or TTY depending on your needs.

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