Summer Survival Tips for Your Hearing Aid

Aug 21, 2015
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Summer is a busy time for most people. There are days spent by the pool, trips to the beach, and more time, overall, spent in the great outdoors. If you wear a hearing aid, the increased exposure to elements such as water and heat that occur during the summer can cause damage to your devices.

This is a topic near and dear to my heart. My father began suffering hearing loss several years ago. He was always super active, and when his hearing started to go, he wasn’t about to let that get in the way of his always on the move lifestyle. However, it took him a while to get used to having to think about taking care of his hearing aid. In fact, it took one jump into the lake and two ruined hearing aids before he really got the hang of it.

Now, extra hearing aid maintenance during the summer is second nature to him. There are a few key steps you can take to make sure your hearing aids survive the season. Here they are:

 

Always have a waterproof container on hand. Swimming is probably #1 on the list of favorite summer activities for many people. And with the great health benefits noted in this guide on heart health, it’s an activity we should all take advantage of as much as possible. Of course, swimming and hearing aids don’t mix. Or at least, they don’t if your devices aren’t properly stored while you take a dip. As this article notes, you can cover all your bases when you always have a waterproof container nearby. For example, keep one with your sunglasses or sunscreen, with your camping gear, in your car, and so on.

 

Properly clean them after a trip to the beach. Between the heat, water, and sand, the beach can pose many potential risks for your hearing aids. This slideshow provides great tips on hearing aid maintenance. It advises that you always thoroughly clean your hearing aids after a trip to the beach and to “put them in a dehumidifier to get rid of any residual moisture before it does any long-term damage.”

 

Take extra accessories on vacation. When you’re traveling by planes, trains, and automobiles, it’s easy to misplace items, especially when they’re as small as your hearing aids and their accessories. In its article on protecting your hearing aid during holiday travel, Audicus.com recommends that you bring extras with you, including hearing aids, ear wax guards, and volume controllers, in case you leave a bag behind at a hotel, an airline loses your luggage, and so on.

 

Keep them out of direct sunlight. Heat can be very damaging to a hearing aid. These dos and don’ts of hearing aid maintenance caution against placing your hearing aids in direct sunlight. Always store them in as cool and dry a place as possible. And if you remove your hearing aids before a day at the pool, beach, or lake, be very careful not to leave them behind in your car, where temperatures in the summer sun can rise to well over 100 degrees.

 

If you or a loved one has struggled with summertime-related mishaps in the past, be extra vigilant this year. These tips are a great place to start.

Author: Patricia Sarmiento



  • bobl07

    Thank you for these tips. I know of many people that have lost their hearing aids while being active. Any advice to help keep people active is always needed.

  • Patricia Sarmiento

    Thank you for reading my article and for the kind words! So happy to hear that it’s useful!

  • Sandras Nelson

    Take your hearing aids off when you shower, swim or are exposed to water of any form.

    Sandras@MyHearGear

  • bobl07

    Thank you for your comments.