You’ve got a lively summer planned. Plenty of beach time and lots of swimming no doubt. You’ll do some regular running and then maybe attend a baseball game or two before heading home to up some tasty dinner. Your schedule is going to be pretty full. So it’s essential that your hearing aids are ready.
All of these activities can introduce unique risks for your hearing aids, but there are a few easy ways you can protect these tiny, helpful devices and enjoy your summer too.
Summer hearing aid obstacles
Each season is going to present distinct difficulties when it comes to your hearing aids. Climate and weather are the greatest obstacles during the summer.
Here are some summer related obstacles:
- Debris, sand and dirt: During the summer you’re very active. But sand inside of your hearing aid, like beach sand, can lead to problems.
- Wind: Your hearing aids can be pushed and pulled around by the wind if it’s strong enough. And if you’re in an extremely dry climate, wind can also introduce dust and debris into your hearing aids.
- Moisture: Whether it’s from humidity, swimming, rain, or just sweat, moisture is nearly always present in the summer. That’s a problem because moisture can be a huge issue for hearing aids.
Generally, it’s pretty obvious why these issues are more widespread during the summer months: you’re usually outside more often. And you’re more likely to encounter a sudden rain storm or a strong wind when you’re outside so often.
How to keep your hearing aids in good working order all summer
Your hearing aids are made to improve your quality of life, to make it possible for you to do more. So throughout the summer, most individuals want to use their hearing aids as frequently as they can. This means taking a few extra steps to care for the technology and make sure your hearing aids keep working.
Keeping your hearing aids dry
Water will wreak havoc on electronics and the more advanced 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 unintentional transfer of moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.
- Use a sweatband when you’re exercising. This will help keep moisture out of your ears (and far from your hearing aids).
- Don’t wear your hearing aids into the water. Going for a swim? Great! Don’t forget to remove your hearing aids before swimming. Obviously, most people already do this. So the real danger is the wetness in your ears that lingers after you go into the water. 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) quite dry.
- Have 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 prevent damage from corrosion of the battery.
Regularly clean your hearing aids
The growth of bacteria is fueled by moisture and heat. In the summer especially, take steps to keep your hearing aids clean. Here are some guidelines:
- Store your hearing aids in a cool and dry spot. Hearing aids, as a rule, don’t handle direct sunlight very well. So don’t put them on your dashboard on a hot summer day. Alternatively, when you’re not using them, store your hearing aids in a cool, dry spot.
- Don’t let debris accumulate over time. As you’re sanitizing your hearing aids, you can also take the time to clear away any debris that may have accumulated. Sometimes, a professional cleaning is necessary.
- Routinely disinfect your hearing aids. This can be done with specially produced antibacterial and disinfectant wipes.
Stay active, stay happy, keep hearing
Your hearing aids will help you for a lifetime and they will improve your summer months especially. 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 stay dry and keep working.