You’re planning a really active summer. You’re certainly going to hit the beach and maybe go for a swim. You’ll do some day-to-day running and then maybe attend a baseball game or two before heading home and grilling up some tasty dinner. Your schedule will be rather full. And you want to make sure your hearing aids are up to the task.
Summer activities such as these can be tough on your hearing aids, but these little helpful devices can be safeguarded without it slowing your summer fun.
Summertime hearing aid challenges
Each season will introduce unique obstacles with regards to your hearing aids. During the summer, most of those tests are weather and climate related.
Here are some summer related challenges:
- Moisture: Whether it’s from swimming, humidity, rain, or just sweat, moisture is just about always present during the summer. That’s problematic because moisture can be a huge problem for hearing aids.
- 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.
- Debris, sand and dirt: In the summer you’re really active. But when you go to the beach, there’s a good possibility you might get some sand inside of your hearing aid, and that could cause problems.
Part of the reason why these issues are more common in the summer is self-evident: 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 sudden rainstorm.
How to keep your hearing aids in good working order all summer
Your hearing aids are made to make it possible for you to do more, to improve your quality of life. The majority of individuals who use hearing aids will want to use them as much as possible, especially during the summer. Caring for your hearing aids by taking a few extra steps can make that happen.
Keeping 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 becomes). There are a few ways you can keep moisture at bay:
- Have a microfiber towel handy. That way, you can dry your hearing aids all through the day. This stops wetness from building up when you aren’t watching.
- Don’t wear your hearing aids in the water. Beach day? Great! Don’t forget to take out your hearing aids before swimming. Naturally, most individuals already do this. So the real hazard is the wetness in your ears that remains after you go into the water. That’s why you should start thinking about wearing a swim cap and earplugs when you go swimming. By doing this your ears and thus your hearing aids will stay nice and dry.
- Air dry your hearing aids at night by opening the battery compartment. This will help stop the battery from corroding and will prevent damage.
- When you’re performing an activity that will cause you to sweat, use a sweatband. Your hearing aids will stay nice and dry because sweat can’t get to them.
- Dry your ears thoroughly. Drying your ears thoroughly will help prevent the accidental transference of moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.
Regularly clean your hearing aids
Moisture and heat can both hasten the growth of bacteria. In the summer especially, take steps to keep your hearing aids clean. You can do the following:
- Don’t let debris build-up over time. As you’re disinfecting your hearing aids, you can also take the time to clear away any debris that might have accumulated. Eventually, it’s probably also a good plan to have your hearing aids professionally cleaned.
- Store your hearing aids in a dry, cool place. Hearing aids, as a rule, don’t do well in the direct sunlight. So don’t store them on your dashboard on a hot summer day. Alternatively, make certain they’re nestled away somewhere dry and cool when you’re not wearing them.
- Routinely sanitize your hearing aids. Specialized antibacterial wipes are made for this.
Be happy, stay active, hear well
Your hearing aids are made to accompany you throughout your life, and that’s certainly true of the summer months. 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 make sure your hearing aids stay dry and keep working.