Summer Activities & Hearing Aid Care
Summer and the activities that we generally tend to do in the warmer months can be taxing on your hearing aids. After all, you are warned to keep them dry and away from humidity and moisture, and yet summer is all about fun in the sun and the pool and getting hot and sweaty. It is pretty much everything bad for your hearing aids, yet you still need to wear them to be able to live your life to the fullest.
What do you do? How do you enjoy the summer while ensuring that your hearing aids run smoothly? Let’s take a look at some important hearing aid care tips.
Dry Them Out
Summer is a generally warm and humid season, which increases the amount of moisture in the air and on our skin. Use a dry aid kit to help to remove any excess moisture out of your hearing aid. You can also purchase UV boxes, which not only dry them out overnight but removes any harmful bacteria and germs using UV light waves. If you do not have a dry aid kit or a UV box when you take them out at night, inspect them closely and use a clean, dry cloth to wipe away any visible moisture.
Of course, keeping them dry in the first place is also important. While you can’t avoid humidity in the air or sweat, you do need to take them out before you take a dip in the ocean or the pool. Put them somewhere safe and enjoy your swim, knowing that your hearing aids will remain in perfect working condition.
Keep Them Clean
In the summer, there is a greater chance of particles from sunscreen or insect repellent getting into the delicate components of the hearing aid. Because salt and minerals are left behind after water evaporates, sea water can be highly destructive to hearing aids. These tiny crystals can wreak havoc on the smaller components of hearing aids. Similarly, material such as sand, grit and dust might pose a larger threat to hearing aids in the summer.
Regardless of the weather, it is vital to wipe down your hearing aids every night to eliminate any moisture, wax or oils that may have accumulated on the unit. When playing sports, gardening or doing other outside activities, try not to touch your hearing aids, especially if you have sand or grit on your hands.
It is a good idea to take your hearing aids out before applying sun cream or bug spray and wash your hands thoroughly before putting them back in.
Keep Them Cool and Out of Direct Sunlight
One thing we expect with summer is heat, and while this feels great for us, it is not so great for your hearing aids. Because a great deal of the hearing aid parts is made out of plastic, they can easily be damaged by hot, direct sunlight. Do not even think about leaving them in a hot car or garage – they could even melt!
To avoid risking damage to your hearing aids from the sun, avoid being outside or exercising in the hottest part of the day. This is good advice anyway for everyone, but all the more so for hearing aid users. If you do have to go out, wear a hat or a sweatband and take regular breaks from the direct sunlight.
Use Clips to Keep Your Hearing Aid Secure
If you are out about, perhaps on vacation, or playing soccer or basketball with friends, you might be worried about your hearing aids falling out of your ear and not being able to find them again.
Use specially designed, lightweight lanyards to attach your behind-the-ear (BTE) or in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids to your clothing or glasses when participating in an activity that requires a lot of movement. If they were to fall out, they are not going to go very far!
Call The Center For Audiology Today For More Information
The Center for Audiology is here to help you hear your best, whatever the weather or season. Our team of expert audiologists are here to help if you have any questions about hearing aid care in the summer or wish to bring in your hearing aid for routine maintenance. We offer a full range of hearing health treatments, from hearing exams to hearing aid fittings. Give our Houston center a call today at 713-255-0035, or Pearland at 713-800-5050.