When we finally get a hot, sunny day in the Bay Area, we tend to flock to the pools or beaches for some summer fun. While most of us are diligent about protecting our skin from sunburn, many hearing aid wearers are not aware of the hazards we expose our sensitive devices to when we enjoy the outdoors in the summer. Read these tips to keep your hearing aids safe from damage this summer.
Biggest Summer Threat: Moisture
The element that is most damaging to hearing aids is exactly the one we see more of in the summertime—water. Keeping hearing aids protected from moisture is the biggest challenge we face in the summer. Trips to the pool and the beach are obvious hazards, but moisture from higher levels of humidity and more perspiration also damage hearing aids. To keep your hearing aids safe from threats of moisture, follow these guidelines:
- Put your hearing aids away in a waterproof case when you are near water.
- Use a water-resistant cover on your behind-the-ear hearing aid to protect its delicate components.
- Wear a visor or headband when exercising to stop sweat from reaching your hearing aids.
- Practice a nightly ritual to dry out your hearing aids, including opening the battery case and using a hearing aid dryer or dehumidifier.
- Use cleaning tools to remove crystallized salt from exposure to seawater.
If you take steps to prevent your hearing aid from getting wet and follow up with drying techniques every night, you should be able to get through the summer with your hearing aids intact.
Watch Out for Debris and Grit
Next to water, the biggest threat to your hearing aids are small particles and grit that get into the casing and damage internal components. Summertime offers up more exposure to debris than other times of the year, including the following:
- Sand. If you wear your hearing aids on the beach, you are very likely to get sand in them. Avoid touching your hearing aids with sandy hands. Your best bet is to cover behind-the-ear devices with sleeves—or just to leave them at home.
- Sprays. Sunscreen and bug sprays produce sticky particles that can settle on hearing aids and clog the microphone and speaker ports. Avoid spraying these near your face. Neoprene sleeves will also protect your devices from harmful sprays.
- Allergens. Even if you don’t suffer from seasonal allergies, your hearing aids do. Pollen, mold, dust, and ragweed can all clog vital ports and cause your hearing aids to malfunction.
A nightly cleaning routine with a brush and soft cloth can remove all of these harmful substances from your hearing aids, but you must keep it up. Find other ways to take care of your hearing aids by browsing our website.