30 Jul Summertime Hearing Aid Care Tips
Hearing aids are really incredible little pieces of technology when you think about them. A tiny piece of machinery, smaller than most folk’s thumb, can amplify hearing according to almost any needed level or preference. However, as you might suspect, most electronic devices don’t respond well to heat and humidity, and both of those are found in abundance in the summer months.
If you have pronounced hearing loss, then the idea of leaving your hearing aids at home and missing out on the sound of lapping waves and laughing children is likely unthinkable. The good news is that, with a little care and prevention, you can keep your hearing aids in good working order no matter how you choose to spend your summer holidays. Read on for our best tips about protecting your hearing aids against everything the summer months can throw at you.
Travelling With Hearing Aids
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a beach or a lake in their backyard, but many of us have friends or family members who do – and when that’s the case, we’re likely to go visit. Here’s how to keep your hearing aids safe through the journey.
When You Pack
Before you ever set foot out the door, make sure you’ve got the items you (and your hearing aids) might need. If your hearing aids are battery-powered, pack a couple extra in case your current ones run out or are damaged. If your hearing aids are rechargeable, make sure you’ve got your charger packed! Will you be travelling somewhere where you might need an extension cord or a plugin adaptor? Pack them now, and you won’t have to worry about them later.
At Your Hotel
It’s not recommended that you sleep with your hearing aids in, so once you reach your hotel, check at the front desk to see if they offer a wake-up service or any other helpful accommodations for guests with hearing loss. In your room, make sure you place your hearing aid gear somewhere you’ll easily remember it, such as on the bedside table or in the drawer you’ll be using most often. That way, if you or one of your travelling companions need to reach it quickly, it’ll be easy to find.
Out and About in the Sunshine
Ah – you’ve arrived, and you’re ready to soak up some sunshine! Warm temperatures and plenty of sunlight are the main attractions of summer, but they also mean taking some precautions, too. You’re more likely to go inside every so often for a glass of water or to take a break from the outdoors, and that means more opportunities to forget your hearing aids if you’ve taken them out for swimming or the like (don’t worry, we’ll address that later on).
If you do need to leave your hearing aids outside briefly, try to leave them in either their designated carrying case or a safe location where they won’t be exposed to accidental splashes or inquisitive wildlife.
What About Sunscreen?
Sunscreen and tanning oil are often the keys to safely enjoying the sunshine, but oils and creams of any sort often spell disaster for the sensitive components of your hearing aids. The key to peaceful coexistence between your sunscreen and your hearing aids lies in the timing.
Simply allow the sunscreen or oil to fully absorb into your skin before you put in your hearing aids. You should also make sure to wash your hands clean of any residual globs of sunscreen before handling your hearing aids or making any adjustments to their settings.
Swimming, Boating, and Fun at the Beach
Typically, hearing aids are designed to withstand your usual amount of sweating throughout the day, so if you’re relaxing by the water or cruising along on a boat, your hearing aids should be just fine. However, most brands aren’t built to fight targeted splashes or prolonged exposure to water, so this is where your carrying case will come in handy. Take off your hearing aids, place them in their designated case, and store them somewhere they’ll be protected from any accidental splashes, like under a towel.
You’ll also want to take care if you’re around sand (and the wind and activity that can spray it up near your hearing aids). Sand is small enough that particles can get stuck in the small openings of your hearing aids, so if you’re sunbathing or playing a game on the beach, your hearing aids will likely be safest in their carrying case.
The Ultimate Threat: Humidity
You’re relaxing in your backyard hammock, reading a book. Your hearing aids are surely just fine, right? Wrong. In summer, the ultimate threat to your hearing aids – humidity – comes out in full force, and you might not realize the issue until it’s too late.
When you’re not wearing them, place your hearing aids into a storage or drying container to help remove any moisture they may have accumulated during the day. If you don’t have a drying station or container, you can remove the battery and leave the battery compartment open overnight to help encourage drying.
Need to Find or Replace Hearing Aids?
Hearing aids come in a variety of sizes and configurations, so if you’re looking for a pair that will stay put while you’re travelling or a model that sits completely inside your ear canal, you’ve got options. At Sharpe Hearing in Barrie, Ontario, we take care to accurately assess your current hearing and provide you with a tailored recommendation for a solution, designed to fit your lifestyle and your preferences.
To learn more about hearing aids from Sharpe Hearing, give us a call at 705-792-9494 or send us a message online.