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You’re planning a really active summer. Some beach time and lots of swimming for sure. You’ll enjoy some live entertainment, you’ll get lots of exercise jogging or possibly playing some tennis, then it’s time to get to the grill. You’re going to be busy! And you want to make sure your hearing aids are up to the task.

All of these activities can introduce unique risks for your hearing aids, but there are a few easy ways you can protect these tiny, helpful devices and enjoy your summer at the same time.

Difficulties of hearing aids in the summer

Every season will introduce unique difficulties when it comes to your hearing aids. Climate and weather are the leading challenges in the summer.

Here are a few summer related obstacles:

  • Moisture: In the summer, moisture is nearly always a factor, whether from rain, sweat, swimming, or humidity. That’s problematic because moisture can be a huge problem for hearing aids.
  • Wind: Your hearing aids can be pushed and pulled around by the wind if it’s strong enough. Depending on the climate, powerful winds can also introduce dust and debris into your hearing aid.
  • Debris, sand and dirt: You’re active in the summer. But sand inside of your hearing aid, such as beach sand, can result in issues.

Part of the reason why these problems are more common in the summer is clear: you tend to be outside more often. And when you spend more time outside, you’re more likely to experience a powerful gust of wind or a sudden rainstorm.

Keeping your hearing aids at peak performance through the summer

Your hearing aids are manufactured to make it possible for you to do more, to improve your quality of life. So throughout the summer, most people want to wear their hearing aids as frequently as possible. This means doing a few extra things to take care of the technology and ensure your hearing aids keep working.

Take measures to keep your hearing aids dry

We’ve established that moisture is the adversary of a well-functioning hearing aid (the more sophisticated the electronics, the worse water becomes). Protect against moisture with these tips:

  • When you’re doing something that will cause you to sweat, wear a sweatband. This will help keep moisture out of your ears (and away from your hearing aids).
  • Don’t wear your hearing aids into the water. Beach day? Great! Just take out your hearing aids first. Obviously, this is common sense. So lingering wetness in your ears after you get out of the water is the real concern. Using a swim cap or earplugs while swimming is a smart idea. By doing this your ears and thus your hearing aids will remain nice and dry.
  • Dry your ears thoroughly. Make sure you aren’t accidentally transferring moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.
  • Air dry your hearing aids at night by opening the battery door. This will help keep the battery from corroding and will decrease damage.
  • Keep a microfiber towel nearby. You can use this to periodically dry your hearing aids. In this way, you can avoid the accumulation of wetness.

Regularly clean your hearing aids

The growth of bacteria is quickened by heat and moisture. So you should also do a few things to ensure your hearing aids are staying clean over the summer months. Here are some guidelines:

  • Watch for the long-term build-up of debris. You can take a few minutes to get rid of any debris on your hearing aids while you sanitize them. Sooner or later, it’s probably also a good plan to have your hearing aids professionally cleaned.
  • Store your hearing aids in a spot that’s dry and cool. That’s because hearing aids (generally) don’t do well with exposure to direct sunlight and heat. So keep them off of your dashboard on hot days. Instead, make certain they’re nestled away someplace dry and cool when you’re not wearing them.
  • Disinfect your hearing aids on a regular basis. You can do this with specially made antibacterial and disinfectant wipes.

Stay active, stay happy, keep hearing

Your hearing aids are designed to accompany you throughout your life, and that’s definitely true of the summer months. So whether you’re planning on going for a swim in the lake, hiking up a mountain, or going for a stroll around the neighborhood, there’s a way to ensure your hearing aids remain dry and keep working.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.