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Protecting Your Hearing Aids When You're Playing Sports

Protecting Your Hearing Aids When You're Playing Sports - Hearing, Balance and Speech Center

It’s important for mental and physical wellbeing that we all stay social and active. If you have a hearing loss or wear hearing aids, you may feel more reluctant to get out and be active. Having concerns that your hearing aids may get damaged is sensible, but there are ways that you can keep your valuable aids safe. In fact, you will find your awareness and performance is often improved when you do wear your hearing aid.

Tips for Protecting Your Hearing Aids When You're Playing Sports

Managing the Risks

The main concerns for your hearing aids will be damage from moisture or from the device being dislodged from your ear and getting broken or lost.

Here are our top tips:

  1. It is best to remove your device if you are near water, i.e swimming, sailing, rowing etc.
  2. Bear in mind weather conditions such as heavy rain and humidity, wear suitable protection.
  3. To protect your hearing aid from sweat try a product such as Ear Gear. It’s a fabric cover for your device that wicks sweat away preventing the moisture from reaching internal circuitry or batteries. You may also find a sweatband or headband useful as they not only absorb perspiration but also help to keep your device in place during your chosen activity.
  4. For extra security and peace of mind try the Oto Clip. This clips from your hearing aid to your clothing and provides a failsafe incase your hearing aid is somehow dislodged from your ear.
  5. Bear in mind that the fit of any helmet or hat needs to allow for your hearing aid.

After the Game

Once you have cooled down, it’s time to turn your attention to some essential maintenance of your device. We highly recommend using a ‘dry box’ to store your device in after being subjected to sweat, humidity or moisture. (There are many varieties and prices available.)

A dry box is commonly used overnight and draws out any moisture that has built up within your device. Many also sanitize your device to stop any bacteria from thriving and causing damage. It may also be necessary to use a hearing aid cleaning kit to remove any debris from tubes etc.

Remember these steps only take a few minutes and a small investment. But they will help protect your larger investment and keep your hearing aid in excellent working order for years to come.

If you have any queries about cleaning and maintaining your device you can click here. Alternatively to speak to one of the Hearing Balance & Speech Center team by booking an appointment. Call us on 1-800-HEAR-IT-1 or click here to request a consultation with us today.

Research / Sources

  1. https://www.embracehearing.com/blogs/hearingaidsnews/91678657-hearing-aids-and-sports-a-how-to-guide
  2. http://www.gearforears.com/