Summer Care for Your Hearing Aids
Summertime is fun time! Swimming, hiking and playing outdoor sports are just a few of the things we look forward to once June arrives. But in order to make it through the heat and humidity, your hearing aids require some extra attention. Here are some tips to use this summer to care for your hearing aids.
Keep your units dry
It’s a good idea to keep your hearing aids away from water and moisture year-round, but it’s especially important in summer when you’re at the beach, pool or lake. Remove them before swimming and store them in a safe place. Even if you don’t swim, err on the side of caution when it comes to water activities. Water-resistant does not mean waterproof! Salt water also can be damaging, so consider purchasing special sleeves for your hearing aids made from spandex or nylon, specifically designed to protect your units from moisture, sand and other potential damage.
It’s not just water that’s the enemy, humidity and moisture also can cause problems. If you plan on activities where you may perspire, it’s best to leave your hearing aids behind. Moisture can accumulate when you go into cool air conditioning from the warmer outside, so consider keeping cleaning cloths with you and using a dehumidifier at night.
Find a safe storage place
A safe storage place is not always the most convenient storage place. Your hearing aid casings can melt so keeping them locked in the glove box of a hot car (or storing them anywhere in your car for that matter) is a very bad idea. The heat can also damage the electronics and the batteries. In addition to storing your units away from direct sunlight and heat, you want to keep them clean and dry. A waterproof container marked with your name and phone number is a good choice. Consider the circumstances – sometimes leaving your hearing aids at home is best.
Take care with sunscreen and lotions
Slathering on protection from the sun is an important step before outdoor activities but can wreak havoc with your hearing aids. Apply all lotions or sprays, especially those used on your face and neck, prior to inserting your hearing aids. Clean your hands thoroughly before putting in your units, because sunscreen contains oils that can damage your hearing aids. The same goes for Aloe or any lotions or sprays – always apply before you insert your hearing aids. If you’re traveling, it’s a good idea to keep some cleaning cloths available to wipe your hands and your hearing aids to keep them clean.
Summer fun doesn’t have to spell disaster for your hearing aids. Plan ahead and keep that waterproof container with you to protect your units. Include a set of spare batteries, a clean cloth and spare tubes or wax filters in case they’re needed. With just a few precautions, summer care for your hearing aids will be a breeze.
If you’re looking for more tips to keep your hearing aids in the best shape, contact your audiologist and speak with them directly about your particular devices.