Protecting Your Hearing

Protecting Your Hearing Aids This Summer

Summer is here. You’ve got your sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and plenty of water on hand to deal with the sun and heat. You’ve made sure the air conditioning is working at home and in the car. You’ve got plenty of charging cords to keep your smartphone up and running, so you can stay connected to family, friends and your favorite entertainment.

But have you taken any precautions about your hearing aids?

Summertime can be a hard time for hearing aids, if they don’t get the proper care. So, we’ve put together a few tips on dealing with the moisture and heat of summer, as it pertains to hearing aids. We’ll start with the most important one:

  • Get yourself a hearing aid drying kit. Moisture is Hearing Aid Enemy #1 at this time of year. Drying kits are specially designed to safely and thoroughly dry out hearing aids that have been exposed to water. Depending on how high-tech you want to get, the prices can vary. But you can get a good, effective, basic drying kit for about $20.

Don’t use a hair dryer on your hearing aids! The intense heat a hair dryer produces is NOT hearing-aid-friendly.

  • Don’t challenge the water resistance of your hearing aids. While contemporary hearing aids feature secure, water-resistant shells, they are not designed for the kind of water exposure summertime activities cause. If you’re going in, on or under the water at a lake, pool or ocean, put your hearing aids in a protective case and leave them somewhere cool and dry.

That goes especially for salt water. If you’re spending time at the ocean this summer, just leave your hearing aids in your room, if that’s possible, when you’re down by the water. Getting salt water in a hearing aid increases the chance of damage in a big way. Even if you dry them thoroughly, salt crystals can remain inside your hearing aid, where they can wreak havoc with the electronics.

  • Avoid sweating into your hearing aids. Not all the moisture of summer is produced by pools, lakes and oceans. When you play sports and exert yourself in other ways during hot, humid weather, your own perspiration can be enough to make hearing aids act up. If you need to wear your hearing aids during that kind of exertion, invest in a headband designed to keep sweat away from hearing aids. You should also dry your hearing aids out every day, using that drying kit we mentioned earlier.
  • Keep hearing aids away from sunscreen and tanning lotions. Don’t handle your hearing aids until you’ve wiped excess tanning oil and/or sunscreen from your hands, and make sure any that you’ve put on your ears has dried. Creamy and oily liquids can cause trouble by working their way inside your hearing aids.

If you follow the above tips, your hearing aids should make it through summer just fine. But if you’d like to have a more in-depth discussion about the precautions you should take, come see us at Legacy Hearing Centre. We’ll be glad to get into as much detail as you need and show you some options, such as the drying kits and special headbands we mentioned.