Summer is finally here which means beaches, sun-soaked vacations, barbecues, and more festivities all around! We previously posted five tips to protect your hearing aids from extreme weather, whether it’s cold or hot, wet or dry, and here are a few more easy tips to help you protect your hearing aid throughout the summer festivities.
Hearing Aid Tip #1: Combating Moisture
Moisture is one of your hearing aid’s worst enemies. Sweat and water can affect the small parts inside your hearing aid, so invest in a soft, dry cloth to avoid moisture build up in your hearing aids. We recommend these versatile micro-fiber clothes and a dehumidifier to keep the condensation out and your hearing aids lasting longer. You can also use hearing aid sweatbands to protect your hearing aids from moisture when you’re not using them. If your hearing aids aren’t water-resistant or waterproof, remember to wipe them regularly! Even if your hearing aids are water-resistant, remember to take them out before jumping in the pool or going to the beach.
Hearing Aid Tip #2: Fighting Bacteria
The humidity of the summer months promotes the growth of bacteria and fungi in your hearing aids, so it’s even more important to regularly disinfect them with antimicrobial products. These disinfectant towelettes made specifically for cleaning hearing aids are the perfect size for carrying around in your wallet or purse and are great for cleaning your hearing aids on the run. Ask your audiologist for tips on the best way to maintain your specific type of hearing aids and where you can get them professionally cleaned.
Hearing Aid Tip #3: Traveling Accommodations
Don’t let your hearing loss impact your summer vacation! Stock up on extra tubes and batteries and book a hotel room that accommodates the hearing impaired. Hotels are required to have a certain number of rooms for the hearing impaired, and they usually have visual cues for alarms, phones, and the doorbell. If you’re traveling by plane, although you’ll have to put your hearing aids through the x-ray during security, you can leave them on while on the plane.
Hearing Aid Tip #4: Avoid High Temperatures
Make sure to avoid leaving your hearing aid under direct sunlight or in high temperatures, since the heat can damage your hearing aids. Store them in a dry, cool area when you’re not using them. When you’re outside, wear a hat to shade them from the sunlight or take them out periodically to cool them down.
If you have any questions or have any tips of your own for keeping your hearing aids in good condition during the summer months, feel free to comment below. We wish you a happy summer—let the festivities begin!