Summer is finally here! Warmer weather, lighter nights and more time spent outside, isn’t that what summer is all about? While your hearing aids will help you catch the conversation during the summer fun, it’s important to understand how to protect your devices and keep them working at their best.
Helpful Summer Safety Tips for Hearing Aid Users
Many of us will spend a great deal more time outside during the summer season. Activities may include swimming, watersports, trips to the beach or sports outdoors. You can still enjoy these activities if you wear hearing aids with these simple tips.
- Plan Ahead: Think about the activities that you’re going to engage in. Have you looked at what the weather conditions are expected to be? Humidity, dust, intense heat, sweat and water can all potentially damage your hearing aids. Plan ahead, and ensure you pack the necessary accessories for your devices.
- Store Safely: Store your hearing aids safely overnight. You may want to consider a dehumidifying box if you’re in a very humid environment or if you are getting very sweaty. This will help to remove any excess moisture, keeping your hearing aids dry.
- Protect Your Hearing Aids From Chemicals: If you’re applying suntan lotion or perhaps applying bug spray, remove your hearing aids. The chemicals could potentially damage or clog up your hearing aids.
- Check Hat Fit: If you wear Behind The Ear (BTE) aids, you’ll want to allow extra room in any hats you may be wearing. Consider using a safety clip if you are wearing the hearing aids.
- Clean Regularly: Clean your hearing aid regularly with a cleaning kit.
- Avoid Getting Your Aids Wet: If you know you’re going to be swimming or showering, or if you’re planning water based activities, you must remove your hearing aids. Although many have water resistant features, they may not be fully waterproof. If in doubt, check the IP rating of your device which will inform you of the level of water resistance. Alternatively, come in and speak with the hearing care professionals at Sutton Hearing & Balance.
- Don’t Leave Your Hearing Aids In Direct Sun: If you won’t be wearing your devices, ensure you store them safely. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight or heat. Also, keep the batteries away from direct sunlight or extreme heat as they may become activated if the stickers peel themselves off.
- Remember Your Spare Batteries!
By following the above tips, you’ll be able to get out there and enjoy yourself this summer while keeping your hearing aids safe. If you’d like to discuss further, or if it’s time to book in your annual hearing assessment, why not book an appointment today? Give our team a call on (212) 786-5741 or click here to request an appointment online.
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