You’re planning a very active summer. You’re certainly going to hit the beach and maybe go for a swim. You’ll take in some live entertainment, you’ll get plenty of exercise jogging or possibly playing some tennis, then it’s time to hit the grill. Your schedule is going to be pretty full. So it’s essential that your hearing aids are prepared.
Summer activities such as these can be difficult on your hearing aids, but these little helpful devices can be safeguarded without it slowing your summer fun.
Summer hearing aid obstacles
Each season will introduce distinct challenges with regards to your hearing aids. In the summer, most of those tests are weather and climate related.
Summer-related challenges could include:
- Wind: Your hearing aids can be pushed and pulled around by the wind if it’s strong enough. Depending on the environment, strong winds can also introduce dust and debris into your hearing aid.
- Moisture: During the summer, moisture is nearly always a factor, whether from rain, sweat, swimming, or humidity. That’s a problem because moisture can be a huge issue for hearing aids.
- Dirt and debris: During the summer you’re really active. But when you go to the beach, there’s a good possibility you might get some sand in your hearing aid, and that might cause problems.
For the most part, it’s fairly apparent why these issues are more widespread during the summer months: you’re usually outdoors more. And you’re more likely to encounter a surprise rain storm or a powerful wind when you’re outdoors so often.
Keeping your hearing aids at optimum performance through the summer
Your hearing aids are designed to improve your quality of life, to make it possible for you to do more. Most individuals who use hearing aids will want to use them as much as they can, particularly through the summer. Caring for your hearing aids by taking a few extra steps can make that happen.
Keeping your hearing aids dry
We’ve established that moisture is the enemy of a well-functioning hearing aid (the more sophisticated the electronics, the worse water is). Keep moisture at bay with these tips:
- Keep a microfiber towel handy. You can use this to periodically dry your hearing aids. In this way, you can avoid the accumulation of moisture.
- Air dry your hearing aids while you sleep by opening the battery door. This will help keep the battery from corroding and will decrease damage.
- Don’t bring your hearing aids in the water. Beach day? Sweet! Don’t forget to take out your hearing aids before swimming. Naturally, most people already do this. So residual moisture in your ears after you get out of the water is the real concern. Using a swim cap or earplugs while swimming is a smart idea. This can help keep your ears (and thus your hearing aids) quite dry.
- Thoroughly dry your ears. Make sure you aren’t accidentally transferring moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.
- When you’re doing something that will cause you to sweat, wear a sweatband. Your hearing aids will stay quite dry because sweat can’t get to them.
Regularly clean your hearing aids
Heat and moisture can both fuel the growth of bacteria. So you should also take a few steps to make sure your hearing aids are remaining clean over the summer months. Here are some guidelines:
- Disinfect your hearing aids regularly. You can do this with specially produced antibacterial and disinfectant wipes.
- Store your hearing aids in a spot that’s cool and dry. That’s because hearing aids (as a general rule) don’t like exposure to heat and direct sunlight. So keep them off your dashboard when it’s hot. Alternatively, when you’re not wearing them, store your hearing aids in a dry, cool place.
- Don’t let debris accumulate over time. You can take a few minutes to clear away any debris on your hearing aids while you disinfect them. Sooner or later, it’s probably also a good idea to have your hearing aids professionally cleaned.
Be happy, remain active, hear well
Your hearing aids will be there for you for a lifetime and they will enhance your summer months especially. So whether you’re planning on swimming in the lake, hiking over a mountain, or going for a walk around the neighborhood, there’s a way to be sure your hearing aids remain dry and keep working.