Summer is finally here, and most people on the East Coast are throwing open their windows and donning their shorts and tanks tops. While the high temperatures are a welcome break, they bring a number of risks with them—especially for those who rely on hearing aids.
4 Ways to Protect Your Hearing Aid This Summer
Exposure to heat, water, debris, and humidity are the biggest threats to hearing aid devices, all of which are much more common in the summer months. Users can protect their devices from breakage by taking special care around:
- Water. Outdoor activities such as swimming in pools, attending sporting events, and gardening can cause increased sweat and moisture in your hearing aids. Inexpensive nylon sleeves can protect your device from sweat and allow the sound to travel through, and can even be washed and reused. Beaches and pools bring the risk of water damage up even higher, so unless you have a waterproof hearing aid, you should always remove your device before swimming.
- Sunlight. Nearly all hearing aid casings are made of plastic and can melt if left in direct sunlight. Wearing a hat can provide several degrees of relief for an overheated device, and packing a dry-kit for boat trips and summer barbecues can also protect your devices when not in use.
- Sand. Beachgoers know how quickly sand can travel, making its way into towels, bags, and hair. Sand can cause permanent damage if it becomes lodged in a hearing aid’s screens, ports, or tubing, so it a good idea to pack your devices in a waterproof case in a shady spot while swimming or sunbathing.
- Allergens. Your hearing aid can suffer from seasonal allergies even if you don’t. Tiny particles of pollen and mold abound in warm weather, resting in the casing grooves and ventilation ports in your device. You should wipe down your device daily and use the tools provided with your hearing aid to keep all openings clear.
No matter what time of year it is, hearing aid users can extend the life of their devices by storing their hearing aids in a dehumidifier overnight to remove any excess moisture. If you need help choosing hearing aid accessories in Delaware and Maryland, we are here to help! Use our quick contact form to get in touch with our hearing care professionals today!