From sunshine to outdoor activities, the summer months bring many great things - but this can mean extra maintenance for hearing aid wearers. This summer has been a wet and hot one. High heat and humid weather means your hearing aids may need a little extra care to keep them in tiptop shape this season. Follow our care tips to make sure your hearing aids continue to serve you.
Sweat and humidity pose a risk to your hearing aids because moisture damages microphones and receivers, clogs tubing and corrodes batteries. Schedule activities during cooler parts of the day and wear a sweatband or hearing aid fabric sleeve to soak up sweat before it reaches your hearing aids. Always be prepared for rain by keeping an umbrella in the car. Remember to remove your hearing aids before going swimming. Store your hearing aids in a dehumidifier to remove moisture.
Oils in sunscreen and bug spray can damage your hearing aid’s microphone and seep into the battery compartment. Prevent damage by removing your hearing aids before applying sunscreen and bug spray, then put your hearing aids on once the products dry.
Be sure to store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. High temperatures can cause irreversible damage to your hearing aids. Avoid leaving your hearing aids in your car. Consider marking your hearing aid case with your contact information in case you accidentally leave them behind while traveling. Storing your hearing aids in a dehumidifier can go a long way in the care of your hearing aids.
Keep your hearing aids secure with otoclips that hook onto your hearing aids and clip onto your shirt to help prevent loss in case hearing aids fall off during vigorous activity.
Make sure you do not handle your hearing aids with sandy hands. Sometimes the wind and sand of the beach make it difficult to protect your hearing aids and you may want to consider leaving them at home or in the hotel during your beach trip.
Microscopic pollen mold and other allergens can clog and damage hearing aids. Follow manual instructions to clean your hearing aids. Gently wiping your hearing aids down with a dry, dust-free cloth each night after use can remove dirt and debris before they cause damage. Open the battery compartment to allow your hearing aid to air out overnight. Don’t forget to keep batteries out of reach of small children and pets.