This gives me hope yet!
I've always wanted to learn to fly a plane, but have had doubts because of my lack of outer ears, ear canals, and middle ears.
I wear a BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid), an implantable device consisting of a screw in the bone behind where my right ear should be and a small vibrator box that snaps onto it. It works by converting sound into vibrations that resonate the bone so my inner ear picks up the vibrations; ie, it bypasses the missing/blocked ear canal and middle ear structures so I can still hear. In contrast to the old big bulky headband-mounted hearing aids with body battery packs (mid-20th century technology), the BAHA is my most reliable, clearest hearing aid that allows me to hear directionally.
Without my BAHA I'm legally deaf.
The problem is, I cannot use most styles of headphones or ear buds (due to the lack of both ear canals). Thus, when I travel by air, I cannot use IFE.
Would I still have to have earphones? If so, could I have special ones that fit over the hearing aid (ie, large cup ones), or what would I need to do about my hearing in order so I could fly?
Is there anything compatible with bone-conduction hearing aids, or could I somehow mount a speaker in the cockpit?
I'm determined to learn how to fly someday (when I have time after my studies at King's College London); my attitude is that I can do anything I set my heart to do and find ways to get around my obstacles.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)