You’ve got a lively summer planned. Some beach time and lots of swimming no doubt. You’ll take in some live entertainment, you’ll get plenty of exercise jogging or maybe playing some tennis, then it’s time to hit the grill. You’ll be busy! So it’s essential that your hearing aids are prepared.
All of these experiences can introduce unique challenges for your hearing aids, but there are a few easy ways you can safeguard these little, helpful devices and enjoy your summer too.
Summer hearing aid difficulties
Every season is going to present distinct difficulties with regards to your hearing aids. In the summer, many of those tests are weather and climate related.
Summer-related challenges may include:
- Moisture: Whether it’s from humidity, swimming, rain, or simply sweat, moisture is nearly always present during the summer. That’s an issue because moisture can be a huge issue for hearing aids.
- Wind: Your hearing aids can be pushed and pulled around by the wind if it’s powerful enough. And if you’re in an especially dry environment, wind can also introduce dust and debris into your hearing aids.
- Dirt and debris: In the summer you’re actually active. But sand inside of your hearing aid, such as beach sand, can result in problems.
In general, it’s fairly apparent why these issues are more common in the summer months: you spend more time outside. And you’re more likely to experience 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 made to make it possible for you to do more, to improve your quality of life. Most people who use hearing aids will want to use them as much as they can, particularly through the summer. This means taking a few extra steps to care for the technology and ensure your hearing aids continue working.
Take actions to keep your hearing aids dry
We’ve established that moisture is the adversary of a well-functioning hearing aid (the more state-of-the-art the electronics, the worse water becomes). There are several ways you can protect against moisture:
- Don’t swim while wearing your hearing aids. Going swimming? Nice! Just remove your hearing aids first. Obviously, the majority of people already do this. So the real risk is the moisture in your ears that lingers after you go into the water. Wearing a swim cap or earplugs when you’re swimming is a good plan. This can help keep your ears (and thus your hearing aids) nice and dry.
- Keep a microfiber towel nearby. You can use this to routinely dry your hearing aids. This stops wetness from accumulating when you aren’t watching.
- Air dry your hearing aids while you sleep by opening the battery compartment. This will help counter damage caused by corrosion of the battery.
- Thoroughly dry your ears. Drying your ears thoroughly will help prevent the accidental transfer of moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.
- Use a sweatband when you’re working out. Your hearing aids will stay nice and dry because moisture can’t reach them.
Regularly clean your hearing aids
The growth of bacteria is fueled by heat and moisture. During the summer especially, take measures to keep your hearing aids clean. Here are some guidelines:
- Watch for the long-term build-up of debris. You can take a little time to get rid of any debris on your hearing aids while you disinfect them. Occasionally, a professional cleaning is needed.
- Store your hearing aids in a place that’s cool and dry. Hearing aids, generally speaking, don’t handle direct sunlight very well. So keep them off of your dashboard on hot days. Instead, make certain they’re nestled away somewhere cool and dry when you’re not wearing them.
- Sanitize your hearing aids regularly. You can do this with specially made antibacterial and disinfectant wipes.
Be happy, stay active, hear well
Your hearing aids are designed to accompany you throughout your life, and that’s certainly true of the summer months. So whether you’re planning on going for a swim in the lake, hiking over a mountain, or taking a stroll around the neighborhood, there’s a way to ensure your hearing aids remain dry and keep working.