What You Should Bring When Traveling Abroad With Hearing Loss

Written By: Lisa A. Goldstein

Traveling abroad requires more preparation for any traveler, but even more so for people with hearing loss. Consider lining up accommodations, which means researching any museums, exhibits, and events you plan to visit. If there’s an audio component, inquire about a written or visual transcript. Find out where to go to pick up any resources for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Take advantage of the ability to pre-board flights, and if you’re traveling solo, ask the flight attendant to inform you of any important announcements or wake you for meals. And don’t forget to bring the items on this list—all necessary for traveling internationally with a hearing loss!

What to Bring When Traveling Internationally

  • Power adapter for cochlear implant (CI) charger (and converter if needed)
  • Block charger for four USB items (adapter, phone, iPad/computer, and CI battery)
  • Waterproof accessories and case for hearing devices (for water)
  • Multiple battery options, including disposables
  • Translator app like Google Translate, iTranslate, or Live Transcribe
  • Back up devices
  • Map/program information for CI or digital hearing aid (HI)
  • Patient Identification card for CI (for airport security and healthcare professionals)
  • Portable alarm clock or vibrating alarm on smartwatch
  • Spare parts (a cable, ear hooks, etc.)
  • Google Maps with destinations pre-labeled and offline downloads (to minimize asking for help)
  • Mobile Wi-Fi device
  • Portable charger (and/or cable) for smartphone


Reference in this blog post to any specific product, process, or service is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or certification of any kind by Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.


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