Enjoying Summer Recreation With Hearing Aids

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You’re planning a really active summer. Plenty of beach time and lots of swimming for sure. You’ll enjoy some live entertainment, you’ll get plenty of exercise jogging or possibly playing some tennis, then it’s time to hit the grill. You’ll be busy! So it’s important that your hearing aids are prepared.

All of these experiences can introduce unique risks for your hearing aids, but there are a few simple ways you can protect these little, helpful devices and enjoy your summer too.

Summertime hearing aid difficulties

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

Here are some summer related challenges:

  • Wind: Your hearing aids can be pushed and pulled around by the wind if it’s strong enough. Depending on the climate, strong winds can also introduce dust and debris into your hearing aid.
  • Dirt and debris: During the summer you’re really active. But when you hit the beach, there’s a good possibility you may get some sand in your hearing aid, and that could cause issues.
  • Moisture: In the summer, moisture is nearly always present, whether from sweat, rain, swimming, or humidity. Moisture can do a number on hearing aids so that can present a problem.

For the most part, it’s fairly apparent why these problems are more common during the summer months: you spend more time outdoors. And you’re more likely to encounter a surprise rain storm or a strong wind when you’re outside so often.

Keeping your hearing aids at peak performance through the summer

Your hearing aids are manufactured to allow you to do more, to improve your quality of life. The majority of individuals who use hearing aids will want to use them as much as possible, especially through the summer. This means taking a few extra steps to care for the technology and make sure your hearing aids keep working.

Keeping your hearing aids dry

Water will damage electronics and the more state-of-the-art the electronics, the worse the potential damage. There are several ways you can keep moisture at bay:

  • Open the battery compartment on your hearing aids while you sleep and allow them to air dry. This will help keep the battery from corroding and will decrease damage.
  • Have a microfiber towel nearby. You can use this to periodically dry your hearing aids. In this way, you can prevent the build-up of moisture.
  • Don’t swim with your hearing aids in your ears. Beach day? Great! Just remove your hearing aids first. Naturally, this is common sense. So residual wetness in your ears after you get out of the water is the real concern. Wearing a swim cap or earplugs when you’re swimming is a good idea. This can help keep your ears (and thus your hearing aids) nice and dry.
  • When you’re performing an activity that will cause you to sweat, wear a sweatband. Your hearing aids will stay quite dry because sweat can’t reach them.
  • Dry your ears thoroughly. Drying your ears thoroughly will help avoid the accidental transfer of moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.

Take measures to keep your hearing aids clean

Heat and moisture can both fuel the growth of bacteria. So you should also take a few steps to ensure your hearing aids are remaining clean during the summer months. You can do the following:

  • Routinely sanitize your hearing aids. Specialized antibacterial wipes are available for this.
  • Watch out for the long-term build-up of debris. You can take a few minutes to get rid of any debris on your hearing aids while you sanitize them. Eventually, it’s probably also a good idea to have your hearing aids professionally cleaned.
  • Store your hearing aids in a dry, cool place. That’s because hearing aids (as a general rule) don’t like exposure to heat and direct sunlight. So don’t store them on your dashboard on a hot summer day. Instead, when you’re not using them, keep your hearing aids in a dry, cool spot.

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.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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