You’ve got an active summer planned. You’re obviously going to hit the beach and maybe go for a swim. You’ll do some regular jogging and then maybe take in a ball game or two before heading home to up some tasty dinner. You’re going to be busy! And you want to ensure your hearing aids are up to the challenge.
Summer activities such as these can be difficult on your hearing aids, but these little useful devices can be protected without it halting your summer fun.
Challenges of hearing aids in the summer
Each season is going to present distinct challenges when it comes to your hearing aids. Climate and weather are the leading obstacles in the summer.
Here are a few summer related challenges:
- Dirt and debris: During the summer you’re very active. But when you hit the beach, there’s a good possibility you might get some sand inside of your hearing aid, and that could cause problems.
- Wind: Your hearing aids can be pushed and pulled around by the wind if it’s strong enough. Depending on the climate, powerful winds can also introduce dust and debris into your hearing aid.
- Moisture: Whether it’s from humidity, swimming, rain, or just sweat, moisture is nearly always present during the summer. Moisture can do a number on hearing aids so that can present a challenge.
Part of the reason why these problems are more common in the summer is clear: you’re usually outside more. And you’re more likely to experience a surprise rain storm or a powerful wind when you’re outside so often.
Keeping your hearing aids at optimum performance through the summer
Your hearing aids are made to allow you to do more, to enhance your quality of life. Most people who use hearing aids will want to use them as much as they can, particularly during the summer. This means taking a few extra steps to take care of the technology and ensure your hearing aids keep 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 advanced the electronics, the worse water is). There are a few ways you can keep moisture at bay:
- Open the battery compartment on your hearing aids while you sleep and let them air dry. This will help stop the battery from corroding and will prevent damage.
- Dry your ears thoroughly. Drying your ears totally will help avoid the unintentional transfer of moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.
- Use a headband when you’re working out. This will help keep sweat out of your ears (and away from your hearing aids).
- Don’t wear your hearing aids in the water. Going swimming? Nice! Don’t forget to take out your hearing aids before swimming. Obviously, the majority of people already do this. So the real danger is the moisture in your ears that remains after you go swimming. That’s why you should consider using a swim cap and earplugs when you go swimming. This can help keep your ears (and thus your hearing aids) nice and dry.
- Have a microfiber towel nearby. You can use this to routinely dry your hearing aids. This stops wetness from building up when you aren’t watching.
Take steps to keep your hearing aids clean
The growth of bacteria is quickened by heat and moisture. So you should also take a few steps to ensure your hearing aids are remaining clean during the summer months. Here are some tips:
- Store your hearing aids in a spot that’s cool and dry. That’s because hearing aids (generally) don’t like exposure to heat and direct sunlight. So keep them off your dashboard when it’s hot. Instead, when you’re not using them, keep your hearing aids in a cool, dry place.
- Don’t let debris build-up over time. You can take a few minutes to remove any debris on your hearing aids while you sanitize them. Sooner or later, it’s probably also a good idea to have your hearing aids professionally cleaned.
- Routinely sanitize your hearing aids. This can be done with specially produced antibacterial and disinfectant wipes.
Be happy, remain active, hear well
Your hearing aids will help you for a lifetime and they will improve your summer months especially. So whether you’re planning on swimming in the lake, hiking up a mountain, or going for a walk around the neighborhood, there’s a way to ensure your hearing aids stay dry and keep working.