Moisture is the enemy of any type of hearing aids, and summer brings in a wide variety of new ways for moisture to get to yours. Besides added perspiration and danger from humidity damage, summer means swimming or sports for many people. In fact, most summer activities, from sitting at the beach to applying bug spray, hold their own dangers for your hearing aids. Now is the time to pay extra attention to your environment and make sure your hearing aids remain undamaged through all your summer fun and relaxation.
Remove Your Hearing Aids From Damaging Environments if at all possible
Of course, you want to hear clearly no matter where you are. but wearing your hearing aids in potentially damaging environments can prevent you from using them at all. Extra caution should be exercised in the following situations. If the danger of getting the devices wet or submerged, you may want to take the time to remove the aids and put them in their protective case:
- Sitting next to a pool
- Going to the beach
- Sailing or water skiing
- Playing sports in the hot sun
It’s often next to impossible to keep all moisture from your hearing aids, so some routine maintenance is usually needed at the end of the day. In the evening, either dry and clean the hearing aids before placing them in the charger or open the battery compartment of replaceable battery aids and remove the batteries and brush out the interior to remove any debris that might have accumulated. Leave the battery compartment open, allowing the interior of the compartment to air out and dry overnight. If you live in a very humid climate or if you perspire heavily, consider investing in a hearing aid dehumidifier. The simplest type of these is a plastic jar that contains a desiccant that draws the moisture out of your hearing aids overnight. A plug-in desiccator appliance is a good investment in humid areas.
Problems With Hearing Aids and Summer Leisure Activities?
Any new activity can be a challenge if you’re combining it with trying to care for your hearing aids. Our caring team can help you with solutions to even the most frustrating problems. Schedule a consultation today.