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From surfing, boating, and swimming to kiteboarding, kayaking, and more, summer marks the sweet spot for water sports, pool parties, and time at the beach.
Your hearing aids help you make the most of the season — enjoying adventures and making memories — so it’s important to protect them from harmful elements such as moisture, sand, and heat.
Whether you’re playing Marco Polo, setting sail, or just catching some sun in the sand, following a few hearing aid maintenance tips can help you keep the fun at hand.
WATER, SAND, AND HEARING AIDS don’t mix. Wiping your devices daily with a clean, dry cloth helps clear moisture and debris and reduces the risk of damage.
SUMMER HEAT can do a number on your hearing aids, so pick a cool, dry spot for storage, and avoid leaving the devices in a hot car.
WATER-RESISTANT HEARING AIDS aren’t waterproof. They can get damaged when immersed, so be sure to take them out before swimming or showering.
HEARING AID COVERS help protect your devices from water splashes and keep out dust and dirt, too.
A HEARING AID DRYER OR DEHUMIDIFIER not only dries and sanitizes your devices as you sleep but can also double as their regular storage container.
BATTERIES NEED A BREAK, so at night, remove them from your devices and leave the battery door open, helping reduce moisture and maximize battery life.
KEEP A HAT NEARBY in case an unexpected rain shower crashes your beach party. It’ll help keep the rain o you as well as your hearing aids.
SEE YOUR AUDIOLOGIST for maintenance advice tailored to your summer plans or to get your hearing aids professionally cleaned and checked.
Summer fun is for everyone, so don’t sit out your favorite waves because of your hearing aids. Think of them as you would your cell phone, keeping them safe from harm’s way, and enjoy your best season ever.
Summer rains and then hot humid sweaty days can wreak havoc on your hearing aids. Often times our newer technology hearing aids have moisture proof coatings and the inside of the aids are covered in membranes to repel moisture, but they are not water proof. So we encourage our patients to use common sense. Do not wear them in the shower. Do not mow the yard with the aids on. Do not swim with them in….and so on.
But sometimes, you just need to hear. If you will be in the rain, try to wear a hat with a brim to protect the aids. If they get damp, dry them off with a towel or dry rag and lay them out over night to “air out”. We do have dry kits for sale for those patients that have excessive moisture problems. But an ounce of prevention, will keep you hearing better and more consistently.
Actually we need to be protecting our hearing year round, but summer comes to mind most commonly as more people are mowing, using weed eaters and leaf blowers. Typically all of that equipment has potentially damaging decibel levels to our hearing. And once you damage or lose your hearing, we cannot grow it back. It’s just gone. So take some steps to protect your hearing this summer and the rest of the year. Hearing protection comes in a variety of styles and strengths. That is one of our specialties and please contact us if you need guidance.
- Wear hearing protection devices while mowing and using loud equipment. Keep in mind 4th of July fireworks are loud as well as winter time chainsaws.
- Concerts both indoors and outdoors can be loud and damaging.
- Hunting and shooting are hazardous.
- If you have to be in a noise environment, such as a sporting event and you cannot or do not have hearing protection then limit your exposure time.
- Some motorcycles and tractors (especially those without cabs) can be dangerous to your hearing.
- Music headphones can get really loud being so close to your eardrums, so turn them down or limit your time. Also invest in decibel limiting headphones.
Hopefully those are some helpful ideas to protect your hearing. Please contact us if you have any questions as we are happy to help.
Dr. Stephanie R. Moore