Re: advocacy projects - Airline
Whenever we travel, normally the Airline asks for an evaluation. It comes to my email. I forget to mention about my "not been able to hear" experience but WE SHOULD address that EVERY TIME.
There are two parts to this "evaluation":
1) At each gate...was there telecoil available? I can't hear the loud speaker at the gate...what if there were an emergency? I would be "toast"...
2) Inside the airplane
I used to try out my telecoil neck loop and plug it into the audio jack but there are problems with that. Once it did work, however.
I cannot hear the airline instructions over the PA system. Again if there is an onboard emergency, I would be "toast".
Nowadays, in SW and Alaska I notice that onboard entertainment comes through your "device" (iPhone, etc.) once in the air--and I use telecoil with all my devices. However the announcements don't. That is the problem. Do the cabins of the Airlines get looped? We need that!
I would hope that National HLAA would look into the situation and provide a handout of what airline cabins & airports are looped. I would use a reference sheet such as this one to help me, when booking flights!
Let us advocate!
--Evaluate your flight
--Ask HLAA National to provide a Reference Sheet
...that is my 2 cents worth ;)
Carolyn J. Odio
HLAA Washington State
Resident Council Rep & Hearing Loss Group at www.panorama.org
(703) 725-8292 iPhone/Text
Residence: 1835 Circle LN SE, Apt 425, Lacey, WA 98503