You’re planning a really active summer. You’re obviously going to go to the beach and maybe go for a swim. You’ll take in some live entertainment, you’ll get lots of exercise jogging or possibly playing some tennis, then it’s time to hit the grill. You’re going to be busy! So it’s crucial that your hearing aids are ready.
Summer activities such as these can be tough on your hearing aids, but these little helpful devices can be protected without it halting your summer fun.
Summer hearing aid difficulties
With hearing aids, each season will have distinctive challenges. Climate and weather are the greatest challenges in the summer.
Summer-related challenges may include:
- Moisture: Whether it’s from swimming, humidity, rain, or simply sweat, moisture is nearly always present in the summer. Moisture can be harmful to hearing aids so that can present a challenge.
- Wind: A strong enough wind can tug and yank at your hearing aids. 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 really active. But when you hit the beach, there’s a good possibility you may get some sand inside of your hearing aid, and that might cause problems.
For the most part, it’s quite apparent why these issues are more common in the summer months: you tend to be outdoors more often. And when you spend more time outside, you’re more likely to encounter a powerful gust of wind or a flash rainstorm.
How to keep your hearing aids in good working order all summer
Your hearing aids are made to allow you to do more, to improve your quality of life. The majority of people who use hearing aids will want to use them as much as they can, particularly through the summer. This means doing a few extra things to take care of the technology and make sure your hearing aids continue working.
Keeping your hearing aids dry
Water will damage electronics and the more state-of-the-art the electronics, the worse the possible damage. There are a couple of ways you can protect against moisture:
- Thoroughly dry your ears. Drying your ears totally will help prevent the accidental transfer of moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.
- When you’re doing something that will cause you to sweat, wear a sweatband. This will help keep moisture out of your ears (and away from your hearing aids).
- Keep a microfiber towel nearby. You can use this to periodically dry your hearing aids. This stops wetness from building up when you aren’t paying attention.
- Air dry your hearing aids while you sleep by opening the battery compartment. This will help keep the battery from corroding and will decrease damage.
- Don’t go swimming with your hearing aids in your ears. Beach day? Great! Don’t forget to take out your hearing aids before swimming. Naturally, most people already do this. So residual wetness in your ears after you get out of the water is the real concern. Wearing a swim cap or earplugs when you’re swimming is a smart idea. By doing this your ears and thus your hearing aids will remain quite dry.
Regularly clean your hearing aids
Heat and moisture can both fuel the growth of bacteria. During the summer especially, take measures to keep your hearing aids clean. You can do the following:
- Watch for the long-term build-up of debris. You can take a few minutes to clear away any debris on your hearing aids while you sanitize them. Occasionally, a professional cleaning is necessary.
- Disinfect your hearing aids regularly. This can be accomplished with specially produced antibacterial and disinfectant wipes.
- Store your hearing aids in a dry, cool spot. Hearing aids, as a rule, don’t do well in the direct sunlight. So don’t store them on your dashboard on the hottest day of summer. Instead, make certain they’re nestled away somewhere cool and dry when you aren’t wearing them.
Stay active, remain happy, keep hearing
Your hearing aids will help you for a lifetime and they will improve your summer months especially. 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.