Summer is in full swing. Hotter temperatures and more outdoor activities mean your hearing aids need a little extra care and TLC. Make sure your hearing aids work their best by keeping an eye out for these six summer risks.
It's important to stay active. But perspiration can damage hearing aids. Sweat doesn't only come from sports. It's important to pay attention to other activities like gardening or walking on hot, humid days.
Remove your hearing aids if you're doing an intense physical activity and the environment around you is safe for limited hearing. Try to schedule strenuous activities during cooler parts of the day, like early mornings or late evenings.
Or if you prefer to keep your hearing aids in, try wearing a hearing aid sweatband or fabric sleeve, which helps soak up sweat, while protecting your hearing aids.
- Sunscreen and bug spray
Oils in sunscreens and bug sprays can seep in and damage your hearing aid, clogging the microphone.
Make sure to apply sunscreen and bug spray before putting your hearing aids on, allowing plenty of time for oils to dry first.
Wind, salt water and sand can make using hearing aids at the beach difficult and can cause damage.
Leave your hearing aids back at home or at the hotel room. If you bring them, try not to touch them if your hands are sandy.
Water of all kinds is an enemy to hearing aids. Moisture can damage microphones, receivers and corrode batteries.
Remove your hearing aids when bathing, washing your face and swimming. Don’t store hearing aids in the bathroom or other humid places.
When you're by a swimming pool, pick a chair near the back, where you're less likely to get splashed. Leave your waterproof container in plain sight, so you remember to take out your hearing aids before swimming.
Pack an umbrella and rain hat for outdoor events and leave extras in your car. If you live an unusually humid area, you might want to consider a hearing aid dehumidifier. The machine removes moisture while you sleep.
Tip: Accidents happen. If your hearing aid gets wet, open the battery case and wipe it with a clean towel. Don't use a dryer or hair dryer to remove moisture. A plastic bag filled with uncooked rice can be an efficient backup in an emergency.
- Heat and storage
High temperatures can cause serious damage. When you remove your hearing aids, keep them in their case in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid removing and leaving them in your car where temperatures can soar and heat can cause damage.
Remove your hearing aids in a cool, safe place, like sitting down at a desk or vanity. You'll be less likely to drop and step on them.
It's easy to leave things behind when taking summer trips. While packing, make sure your name and phone number is clearly marked on your case, so your hearing aids can be returned if left behind.
Microscopic pollen, mold, ragweed and other allergens float in the air throughout the summer. They can clog and damage hearing aids.
Regular cleanings can keep allergens and more out of your hearing aids. Read your manual and learn the right way to clean from your hearing health care professional.
Be delicate when cleaning, since many parts are sensitive. Remove dirt, debris and wax every night and open the battery compartment to allow it to air out.
If you're unsure how to clean your specific hearing aid model, a hearing professional can show you. It's also important to schedule professional cleanings with them a few times a year. Contact a hearing health care provider today.
The better you maintain your hearing aids, the longer they can last ... not just over summer, but all year long. Together, we can ensure your hearing aids work their best.