After what felt like a very long winter, summer has finally arrived! Summer brings more opportunities to get outdoors and get active. If you wear hearing aids, summer can also present some unique challenges.
It’s important for you to wear your hearing aids. This will help you make the most of every experience this summer. Knowing how you can look after your hearing aid devices can help you make the most of this summer. That’s why we’ve put together 5 tips for keeping hearing aids safe in the summer.
5 Tips for Keeping Hearing Aids Safe in the Summer
Many of us will spend more time outside during summer. Activities may include water sports, trips to the beach, swimming, or sports outdoors. You can still enjoy these activities with these 5 tips for keeping hearing aids safe in the summer.
1.) Plan Ahead
What activities are you planning on engaging in? Will you be near water? What is the weather going to be like? These are all things to consider.
Dust, humidity, intense heat, and water can all potentially damage your hearing aids. By planning ahead, you can make sure to pack the necessary accessories for your devices.
2.) Store Your Hearing Aids Safely
Make sure you are able to store your hearing aids safely, particularly overnight. If you’re in a very humid environment, you may want to consider a dehumidifying box for your hearing aids. This can also be useful if your hearing aids are exposed to sweat.
A dehumidifying box, or dry box, will help to remove any excess moisture. It can help keep your hearing aids dry and in good working order. Plus, a dry box can be a useful and safe space to store your hearing aids during the day.
3.) Protect Your Hearing Aids From Chemicals
Heading out into the sunshine often involves applying sunscreen or bug spray. Remove your hearing aids before applying any chemicals or lotions. The chemicals in these products could potentially damage or clog up your hearing aids.
4.) Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Your hearing aids may have some protection against water. If you’re unsure, speak with your hearing healthcare specialist about your device’s IP rating.
Even if your hearing aids are water resistant, it’s still recommended that you remove and store them before swimming, showering or boarding any boat. Don’t worry if you get caught out in the rain. Just make sure to thoroughly dry them afterwards and place them within a dehumidifying box.
5.) Avoid Direct Sunlight or Intense Heat
Direct sunlight and intense heat can damage your hearing aid devices. If you’ve removed your hearing aid devices, be mindful of where you’re placing them. For example, don’t leave them on a table in the sunlight when you’re in the pool. Instead, store them safely in a dry box.
Other Tips To Remember
Alongside the above tips to keep your hearing aids safe, remember:
- Bring spare batteries
- Clean your hearing aids regularly
- Remove hats carefully to avoid losing your hearing aids
Have a Question? Need Help? Contact Us Today!
These 5 tips can help you keep your hearing aids safe this summer. If you’d like to discuss further, the hearing healthcare specialists at Hearing, Balance & Speech Center would be happy to help. If you’d like to book an appointment, please call us today on 203-774-5642 or request an appointment online.