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Caring for Your Hearing Aid in the Summer

Summer hearing aid care

The moisture from summer rain, fog and other forms of humidity can pose a danger to your hearing aid. Find out ways to protect your hearing aids in the summer.

Wearing Waterproof Or Moisture Resistant Hearing Aids

Many houses may experience an increase in humidity during the summer, which can be potentially harmful to hearing aids. One of the best ways to avoid water damage is to eliminate the risk altogether. Be sure to have at least one pair of hearing aids that is moisture resistant or waterproof.

Hearing Aids and the Outdoors

If you wear mosquito repellent, sunscreen and other chemicals, be sure to wipe them off of your hands while you handle your hearing aid. Remember to remove your hearing aid when using the pool or undergoing strenuous exercise. Exercising only when it’s cool can also help prevent moisture from coming into contact with your hearing aid. Moisture can accumulate in the hearing aid’s battery door, so be sure to open it during the nighttime so this moisture can escape. In the cases that your hearing aid does come into contact with water, immediately turn it off and take out the hearing aid battery. Dry the hearing aid and the batteries with a towel.

Hearing Aids and Weather

By looking at the weather forecast before leaving the house, you can prepare for rain and other forms of precipitation. Articles of clothing like ponchos and rain hats are effective at evading moisture. In the unfortunate case that you’re caught in a rainstorm without an umbrella and have to go through the rain without any protection, at least be sure to keep your hearing aid in a place that you know is waterproof. The howling winds that are common during rainstorms may actually blow your hearing aid off, and small hearing aids can be difficult to find in the dark.

Hearing Aids and Dehumidifiers

Hearing aid dehumidifiers are perfect for hearing aid users that routinely expose their hearing aids to varying degrees of moisture throughout the day. If you normally go outdoors, live in a humid environment or perspire frequently then a dehumidifier would be a good tool to have!

Hearing aid dehumidifiers use a desiccant to extract moisture from the hearing aid overnight. This desiccant helps prevent water from interacting with the electric and metallic components of the hearing aid.

Hearing Aid Cases

Hearing aid cases are an excellent accessory for keeping your hearing aid safe! They can protect against moisture, dirt and dust. Furthermore, you are less likely to lose or break your hearing aid if you have a case that you routinely put it inside when it is not in use.

Keep your hearing aid above ground level, as moisture from freshly worn shoes or other articles of clothing might spread moisture across the floor.

Keeping these tips in mind can help protect your hearing aids and allow you to enjoy summer activities without worry!

Sources: AARP

By Aaron Rodriques

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