Summer is a great time to spend outdoors, enjoying nature and the beach. For those with hearing aids, special care is necessary to ensure the aids stay clear of summer’s harsher elements, such as heat and humidity. However, there’s more to summer hearing aid care than that. If you’re wondering how to best care for your hearing aids this summer, keep these tips in mind.
Protect During Exercise
Whether you are riding your bike, taking a jog, or going on a hike, it is best to remove your hearing aids and store them in a cool and dry container while you exercise. At the very least, dry them off once you get home. Exercising promotes hearing health and overall health, but the aim of summer hearing aid care is to keep the devices as cool and dry as possible.
Protect from Water
Besides keeping sweat and moisture off your hearing aids, remember to take them off before showering, swimming, or any water-related activity. Even if you are not intending to dunk your head in the water, wading in the ocean, kayaking, or paddleboarding could be risky for your aids.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Along with keeping them dry, you also want to keep them cool. Taking care of hearing aids is slightly similar to caring for a computer. You wouldn’t let it sit in the hot sun or a boiling compartment. Therefore, keep your hearing devices out of direct sunlight and never put them in the glove box or on the dashboard of your car.
Beware of Oily Creams
Even if your ears are well-shaded and you are not near any body of water, your hearing aids could still run into danger. Sunscreen and lotions have oils that could seep into the hearing aid microphone ports or vents, damaging the instrument. Let the sunscreen, lotion, or spray fully dry and wash your hands before inserting your hearing devices.
After a hot summer day, your hearing aids have undergone some measure of heat and humidity. One way to relieve moisture from them is to open the battery cover at night. Better yet, place them in a hearing aid dehumidifier. Clarity Audiology recommends the electric PerfectDry Lux Hearing Aid Dehumidifier, which is great for just about any style.
Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized, friendly service to the surrounding areas of Ellicott City, Catonsville, Columbia. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that are personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.