Wearing Your Hearing Aid During Summer Activities

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You have a lively summer planned. Some beach time and lots of swimming no doubt. You’ll enjoy some live entertainment, you’ll get plenty of exercise jogging or maybe playing some tennis, then it’s time to hit the grill. Your schedule is going to be pretty full. And you want to make sure your hearing aids are up to the challenge.

All of these experiences can present unique hazards for your hearing aids, but there are some simple ways you can safeguard these little, helpful devices and enjoy your summer as well.

Summer hearing aid challenges

Every season is going to present unique challenges with regards to your hearing aids. Climate and weather are the leading obstacles during the summer.

Here are a few summer related challenges:

  • Moisture: In the summer, moisture is nearly always a factor, whether from sweat, rain, swimming, or humidity. That’s a problem because moisture can be a major issue for hearing aids.
  • Debris, sand and dirt: In the summer you’re actually active. But sand in your hearing aid, such as beach sand, can cause problems.
  • Wind: A powerful enough wind can jerk and pull at your hearing aids. And if you’re in an especially dry environment, wind can also introduce dust and debris into your hearing aids.

Generally, it’s pretty apparent why these issues are more prevalent during the summer months: you spend more time outside. And when you spend more time outside, you’re more likely to experience a strong gust of wind or a sudden rainstorm.

Keeping your hearing aids at optimum performance through the summer

Your hearing aids are designed to enhance your quality of life, to allow you to do more. So over the course of the summer, the majority of individuals want to wear their hearing aids as frequently as they can. Caring for your hearing aids by taking a few additional steps can make that happen.

Keeping your hearing aids dry

Water will wreak havoc on electronics and the more sophisticated the electronics, the worse the potential damage. Protect against moisture with these tips:

  • Don’t wear your hearing aids in the water. Going swimming? Great! Just remove your hearing aids first. Naturally, this is common sense. So residual moisture in your ears after you get out of the water is the real issue. Wearing a swim cap or earplugs while swimming is a smart idea. By doing this your ears and thus your hearing aids will stay quite dry.
  • Wear a headband when you’re exercising. Your hearing aids will stay nice and dry because moisture can’t get to them.
  • Have a microfiber towel handy. In that manner, you can dry your hearing aids throughout the day. In this way, you can prevent the accumulation of wetness.
  • Open the battery compartment on your hearing aids while you sleep and allow them to air dry. This will help stop the battery from corroding and will decrease damage.
  • Dry your ears thoroughly. Drying your ears thoroughly will help prevent the unintentional transfer of moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.

Take steps to keep your hearing aids clean

The growth of bacteria is quickened by moisture and heat. During the summer especially, take steps to keep your hearing aids clean. Here are some tips:

  • Don’t let debris accumulate over time. As you’re disinfecting your hearing aids, you can also take the time to clear away any debris that may have built-up. Sometimes, a professional cleaning is necessary.
  • Routinely disinfect your hearing aids. Specialized antibacterial wipes are made for this.
  • Store your hearing aids in a cool and dry place. That’s because hearing aids (generally) don’t like exposure to direct sunlight and heat. So don’t store them on your dashboard on a hot summer day. Instead, when you’re not wearing them, store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place.

Be happy, remain active, hear well

Your hearing aids will help you for a lifetime and they will improve your summer months especially. You can keep your hearing aids dry and in good working order whether you’re hiking, swimming, or simply taking an evening stroll around your neighborhood.

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