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james e

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airport security
« on: April 12, 2010, 12:05:27 pm »
I know that titanium is not a magnetic metal, but has it been any problem going through airport security? How about the sound processor? I have some titanium in my heart, but it never shows up, and if it does I carry a card from the manufacturer. Any problems?

JerseyGirl2

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Re: airport security
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2010, 12:23:25 pm »
James,

I have a card from Cochlear that I can show if I'm ever stopped by airport security. Neither the titanium implant, abutment, nor BAHA sound processor has ever set off the security alarm ... and I have flown a whole bunch of times both domestically and overseas since my January 2008 translab/BAHA implantation surgery.

Catherine (JerseyGirl 2)
Translab surgery and BAHA implant: House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, 1/2008
Drs. J. House, Schwartz, Wilkinson, and Stefan
BAHA Intenso, 6/2008
no facial, balance, or vision problems either before or after surgery ... just hearing loss
Monmouth County, NJ

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Re: airport security
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2010, 12:47:54 pm »
Hi James,

I have 3 titanium bands and 6 screws holding my head together and I have not had a problem at the airports. I asked my doctor and he said I wouldn't need a card identifying my problem. So far after 5 years and flying numerous times, it has not been an issue. You should be fine.  Ann
HEI July 26, 2005
5mm X 8mm Left AN
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james e

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Re: airport security
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2010, 12:59:55 pm »
Thanks!

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Re: airport security
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2010, 01:06:57 pm »
I pass through a metal detector at work a couple times a day.  I never remove my titanium frame eyeglasses, and I never set the detector off.
Rt. side 14mm x 11mm near brain stem
Severe higher frequency hearing loss
I use a hearing aid (Dot 20 by Resound)
Balance issues improving!!!!
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Re: airport security
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2010, 02:26:13 pm »
Security has never been a problem for my titanium BAHA implant.  It did set off the alarm at Best Buy once, but that might have been the processor that caused that.  Not sure.  I think the poor guy at the door almost passed out when I showed him it was just the screw in my head!   :D

Lori
Right 3cm AN diagnosed 1/2007.  Translab resection 2/20/07 by Dr. David Kaylie and Dr. Karl Hampf at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.  R side deafness, facial nerve paralysis.  Tarsorraphy and tear duct cauterization 5/2007.  BAHA implant 11/8/07. 7-12 nerve jump 9/26/08.

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Re: airport security
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2010, 03:20:07 pm »
James -

as others have said, the titanium rod in your skull won't set off the metal detectors.  I've been through airport security numerous times since my implant surgery and haven't beeped once.  I also have titanium mesh, screws, and a plate in my head from my AN surgery.

I am curious to see what will happen next time I go through security at O'Hare since they now have those new x-ray machines that are supposed to show "everything".  I don't know if the x-ray machine will exclude the BAHA implant or not.  Logic tells me it won't show up, but you never know.  I think I'll keep my card from Cochlear handy just in case.

Just a note to those wearing the new BP100.

I've walked through airport security with my Divino on my head a few times, but because of the BP100's feedback manager - that will even "answer" a beep from your microwave - I'd suggest removing it before going through security.

Jan
Retrosig 5/31/07 Drs. Battista & Kazan (Hinsdale, Illinois)
Left AN 3.0 cm (1.5 cm @ diagnosis 6 wks prior) SSD. BAHA implant 3/4/08 (Dr. Battista) Divino 6/4/08  BP100 4/2010 BAHA 5 8/2015

I don't actually "make" trouble..just kind of attract it, fine tune it, and apply it in new and exciting ways

 


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