You’re planning a really active summer. Some beach time and lots of swimming no doubt. You’ll do some day-to-day running and then maybe attend a ball game or two before heading home to up some delicious dinner. Your schedule is going to be pretty full. And you want to make sure your hearing aids are up to the challenge.
Summer activities such as these can be hard on your hearing aids, but these little helpful devices can be protected without it halting your summer fun.
Summer hearing aid challenges
With hearing aids, every season will come with unique challenges. Climate and weather are the biggest obstacles in the summer.
Here are some summer related challenges:
- Debris, sand and dirt: You’re active in the summer. But when you go to the beach, there’s a good possibility you may get some sand in your hearing aid, and that might cause problems.
- 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.
- Moisture: Whether it’s from swimming, humidity, rain, or simply sweat, moisture is just about always present in the summer. Moisture can be harmful to hearing aids so that can present a challenge.
Part of the reason why these issues are more likely to crop up in the summer is clear: you tend to be outdoors more. And you’re more likely to encounter a surprise rain storm or a powerful wind when you’re outdoors so often.
How to keep your hearing aids working great all summer
Your hearing aids are manufactured to allow you to do more, to enhance your quality of life. So over the course of the summer, most individuals want to wear their hearing aids as often as they can. Taking care of your hearing aids by taking some additional steps can make that happen.
Take actions to keep your hearing aids dry
Water will wreak havoc on electronics and the more advanced the electronics, the worse the potential damage. There are a few ways you can protect against moisture:
- Have a microfiber towel handy. You can use this to periodically dry your hearing aids. In this way, you can avoid the accumulation of wetness.
- Dry your ears thoroughly. Drying your ears completely will help avoid the unintentional transfer of moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.
- Don’t bring your hearing aids in the water. Beach day? Great! Don’t forget to take out your hearing aids before going into the water. Obviously, this is common sense. So lingering moisture in your ears after you get out of the water is the real issue. That’s why you should start thinking about wearing a swim cap and earplugs when you go swimming. This can help keep your ears (and thus your hearing aids) quite dry.
- When you’re performing an activity that will cause you to sweat, use a sweatband. This will help keep sweat out of your ears (and far from your hearing aids).
- Open the battery compartment on your hearing aids at night and let them air dry. This will help counter damage from corrosion of the battery.
Take measures to keep your hearing aids clean
The growth of bacteria is fueled by heat and moisture. During the summer particularly, take steps to keep your hearing aids clean. You can do the following:
- Don’t let debris accumulate over time. As you’re sanitizing your hearing aids, you can also take the time to clean out any debris that may have built-up. Sooner or later, it’s most likely also a good idea to have your hearing aids professionally cleaned.
- Disinfect your hearing aids regularly. Specialized antibacterial wipes are available for this.
- Store your hearing aids in a cool and dry spot. That’s because hearing aids (as a general rule) don’t do well with exposure to heat and direct sunlight. So don’t store them on your dashboard on the hottest day of summer. Instead, when you’re not wearing them, store your hearing aids in a dry, cool spot.
Stay active, stay happy, keep hearing
Your hearing aids are made to help 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 walk around the neighborhood, there’s a way to make sure your hearing aids stay dry and keep working.