You’re planning a really active summer. You’re definitely going to go to the beach and maybe take a swim. You’ll take in some live entertainment, you’ll get lots of exercise jogging or maybe playing some tennis, then it’s time to hit the grill. You’re going to be busy! And you want to be sure your hearing aids are up to the task.
All of these activities can introduce unique risks for your hearing aids, but there are some easy ways you can protect these little, helpful devices and enjoy your summer as well.
Challenges of hearing aids in the summer
Every season is going to introduce unique challenges with regards to your hearing aids. During the summer, many of those challenges are weather and climate related.
Summer-related obstacles might include:
- Wind: Your hearing aids can be pushed and pulled around by the wind if it’s powerful 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: You’re active in the summer. But sand in your hearing aid, such as beach sand, can result in issues.
- Moisture: Whether it’s from humidity, swimming, rain, or just sweat, moisture is just about always present during the summer. That’s a problem because moisture can be a major issue for hearing aids.
Part of the reason why these issues are more common during the summer is clear: you tend to be outdoors more often. And when you spend more time outside, you’re more likely to encounter a strong gust of wind or a flash rainstorm.
Keeping your hearing aids at peak performance through the summer
Your hearing aids are manufactured to make it possible for you to do more, to enhance your quality of life. So over the course of the summer, the majority of people want to use their hearing aids as often as possible. Taking care of your hearing aids by taking some extra steps can make that happen.
Take steps to keep your hearing aids dry
We’ve established that moisture is the enemy of a well-functioning hearing aid (the more state-of-the-art the electronics, the worse water becomes). There are several ways you can protect against moisture:
- Wear a sweatband when you’re exercising. This will help keep sweat out of your ears (and away from your hearing aids).
- Thoroughly dry your ears. Make sure you aren’t accidentally transferring moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.
- Air dry your hearing aids at night by opening the battery compartment. This will help keep the battery from corroding and will prevent damage.
- Don’t bring your hearing aids in the water. Going for a swim? Nice! Just take out your hearing aids first. Obviously, this is common sense. So lingering moisture in your ears after you get out of the water is the real concern. Wearing a swim cap or earplugs while swimming is a good plan. This can help keep your ears (and thus your hearing aids) nice and dry.
- Have a microfiber towel handy. You can use this to routinely dry your hearing aids. This stops moisture from building up when you aren’t watching.
Take measures to keep your hearing aids clean
The growth of bacteria is quickened by heat and moisture. So you should also do a few things to make sure your hearing aids are remaining clean over the summer months. Here are some guidelines:
- Store your hearing aids in a place that’s dry and cool. Hearing aids, as a rule, don’t do well in the direct sunlight. So don’t put them on your dashboard on the hottest day of summer. Instead, make certain they’re nestled away somewhere cool and dry when you aren’t wearing them.
- 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 built-up. Sometimes, a professional cleaning is necessary.
- Routinely sanitize your hearing aids. This can be done with specially made antibacterial and disinfectant wipes.
Stay active, remain happy, keep hearing
Your hearing aids are designed to accompany you throughout your life, and that’s definitely true of the summer months. You can keep your hearing aids dry and in good working order whether you’re hiking, swimming, or simply taking an evening stroll around your neighborhood.