Summer Survival Tips For Your Hearing Aid
With the summer months approaching, we are gearing up for many wonderful experiences- warm weather, sunshine, pool time, trips to the beach, vacations, and overall time spent in the great outdoors. We are just as excited as our patients about getting out and enjoying all that summer has to offer! It is important to remember that, just as we need protection from the elements, our hearing aids need a little protection too! Here are some tips to make sure your hearing aids survive the season.
- Keep ‘em dry. Moisture is the enemy of hearing devices. Moisture can be caused by humidity in the air, perspiration, or splashes of water. Although most hearing aids are water resistant, they are not waterproof; and, just like any electronic, they can become damaged when exposed to lots of moisture. If you are someone who perspires heavily or will be around lots of water, we recommend a drying system, such as desiccant jars or electronic hearing aid dryers. These are special containers that either use desiccant beads or electric drying technology to suck excess moisture out of the hearing aids. They can double as overnight storage, removing moisture as well as keeping the aids in a safe place. For further precautions, there are moisture repellant bands for hearing aids that are on the market as well.
- Use clips to keep hearing aids secure. If you are going to be participating in an activity with lots of movement, we recommend you keep the hearing aids in securely! While many devices are fitted to your ears, a little extra security never hurts. There are many simple accessories that are designed to attach hearing aids to glasses or clothing. That way if the devices do fall out of your ears, they won’t get too far.
- Properly clean your hearing aids. Aside from moisture, other elements such as sand, dirt can plug up a hearing aid as well. If you are in any of these environments, make sure to give the hearing aids a good clean each day. Brush out the microphone ports as well as the receivers. Make sure you and your provider have discussed how to properly clean the hearing aids. Furthermore, use any sprays (ex: hairspray, sunscreen, etc.) before you put the hearing aids in.
- Plan ahead. If you know you will be away from home for a period of time, don’t forget to pack batteries and maintenance tools (such as brushes and wax filters). Make sure the hearing aids are always stored in a safe container so that they will not be misplaced or damaged.
Summer should be fun not stressful. We hope that our tips are beneficial to you and that you experience a worry-free summer that is full of sounds and sunshine! If you or a loved one have any questions about hearing, or would like to schedule a free test, please contact our offices!