You’ve got a lively summer planned. Some beach time and lots of swimming for sure. You’ll enjoy some live entertainment, you’ll get lots of exercise jogging or maybe playing some tennis, then it’s time to hit the grill. Your schedule will be pretty full. And you want to ensure your hearing aids are up to the task.
Summer activities like these can be tough on your hearing aids, but these little useful devices can be protected without it halting your summer fun.
Challenges of hearing aids during the summer
With hearing aids, each season will have unique challenges. During the summer, most of those challenges are weather and climate related.
Here are some summer related challenges:
- Wind: A powerful enough wind can tug and pull at your hearing aids. And if you’re in a particularly dry environment, wind can also introduce dust and debris into your hearing aids.
- Debris, sand and dirt: During the summer you’re very active. But when you hit the beach, there’s a good possibility you could get some sand in your hearing aid, and that may cause problems.
- Moisture: Whether it’s from swimming, humidity, rain, or just sweat, moisture is just about always present in the summer. That’s problematic because moisture can be a major issue for hearing aids.
Part of the reason why these problems are more likely to crop up in the summer is clear: you’re usually outside more. And you’re more likely to encounter a sudden rain storm or a powerful wind when you’re outside so often.
Keeping your hearing aids at peak performance through the summer
Your hearing aids are designed to improve your quality of life, to make it possible for you to do more. So throughout the summer, most people want to use their hearing aids as often as they can. This means taking a few extra steps to care for the technology and ensure your hearing aids keep working.
Take measures to keep your hearing aids dry
We’ve established that moisture is the enemy of a well-functioning hearing aid (the more advanced the electronics, the worse water becomes). There are several ways you can keep moisture at bay:
- Don’t go swimming while wearing your hearing aids. Beach day? Sweet! Just take out your hearing aids first. Naturally, most individuals already do this. So lingering wetness in your ears after you get out of the water is the real concern. That’s why you should consider wearing a swim cap and earplugs when you go in the water. By doing this your ears and thus your hearing aids will stay nice and dry.
- When you’re performing an activity that will cause you to sweat, wear a sweatband. Your hearing aids will stay nice and dry because sweat can’t get to them.
- Keep a microfiber towel handy. You can use this to periodically dry your hearing aids. In this way, you can avoid the build-up of wetness.
- Thoroughly dry your ears. Make sure you aren’t accidentally transferring moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.
- 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.
Take measures to keep your hearing aids clean
Moisture and heat can both fuel the growth of bacteria. So you should also do a few things to make sure your hearing aids are staying clean during the summer months. Here are some guidelines:
- Disinfect your hearing aids regularly. Specialized antibacterial wipes are available for this.
- 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. Eventually, it’s most likely also a good idea to have your hearing aids professionally cleaned.
- Store your hearing aids in a dry, cool spot. Hearing aids, generally speaking, don’t do well in the direct sunlight. So keep them off your dashboard when it’s hot. Alternatively, make sure they’re tucked away someplace dry and cool when you aren’t using them.
Stay active, stay happy, keep hearing
Your hearing aids are designed to help you all through your life, and that’s definitely true of the summer months. You can keep your hearing aids dry and in good working order whether you’re hiking, swimming, or just taking an evening stroll around your neighborhood.