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A little preparation will take the worry out of travelling with a cochlear implant. Before you go it is worthwhile arranging specific insurance for your device. Make sure you have a sufficient battery supply power adaptors for different countries, a de-humidifier (for countries with high humidity), a storage facility for your device and a spare processor with your latest program/map. Research and carry with you a list of overseas or interstate contacts for manufacturers and implant clinics, just in case. Make sure you have a Medic Alert Bracelet or Necklace in addition to a Patient Identification Card (detailing your clinic, surgeon and emergency contact details). If you can, arrange to have this in the languages of countries to which you will be travelling. While travelling carry your spare processor with you or in hand luggage. At the security gates take off your device and place it in a tray with your keys and mobile. You may hear a buzzing noise as you move through the gates – this will not damage the implant. Let the flight staff know you have a cochlear implant and make sure you turn it off during take off and landing. If you want to enjoy the in-flight entertainment, try getting an adaptor for headphones so you can plug your device directly into the in-flight sound system. Carefully assess whether it is safe to wear your device during physical activities such as rock climbing, skiing or watersports. Bon Voyage! 

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