From taking in the sights and sounds of the beautiful Midwestern summers to enjoying your golden years on the Atlantic coast, no matter where you’re soaking up the sun, it’s important not to forget to take care of your hearing aids when temperatures rise.
Just like cell phones, laptops, and other electronics, many hearing aids are susceptible to damage from water, sweat, debris, and heat. In fact, moisture is one of the main reasons for expensive repairs. And with warmer weather comes more rain, more pool time, and more perspiration.
To avoid unnecessary repairs, below are a few tips to take care of your hearing aids during hot summer months and in warm climates.
Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and heat.
Don’t leave your hearing aids near heaters, store your hearing aids in the glove compartment or on the dashboard of your vehicle when the weather gets hot. Additionally, be sure to remove your hearing aids if you blow dry your hair, as the prolonged heat exposure can harm your device.
Check the weather before going out.
While there are plenty of waterproof and water-resistant hearing aids, some models – especially older models – do not tolerate moisture or water as well as new models. Moisture can short the sensitive electrical components inside the hearing aid. Be sure to check the weather so you can prepare for summer rainstorms with an umbrella, raincoat, or protective storage case in case you need to remove your devices.
Exercise during the cooler part of the day.
While most of us don’t care to admit it, with rising temperatures comes increasing perspiration. It’s natural, but it can also do a number on your hearing aids – especially behind-the-ear models – if you’re not careful. To ensure your hearing aids stay protected from moisture caused by sweat, aim to do your exercising during the cooler part of the day.
Remove your hearing aid at night.
After a long, hot summer day, most of us feel worn out from the heat. The fact is, your hearing aids are no different. They need to rest – and breathe – to continue performing at their peak levels. Before you go to bed, ventilate your hearing aid by using a drying kit or opening the battery door to let out any excess moisture that has built up during the day.
Don't forget to take your hearing aid out before swimming.
It can be easy to get swept up in the fun and conversation while spending a day lounging by the pool. Not to mention some hearing aid models have become so unobtrusive that it’s easy to forget they’re there! Make sure you take your hearing aid out before going for a dip. To make it easier to remind yourself, bring a brightly-colored protective case with you so that you don’t lose them – and so they don’t get damaged.
Additionally, you should remove your hearing aid before showering or bathing after a long, hot day and avoid leaving your hearing aid in the bathroom – which can often get humid.
Invest in a protective case or cleaning kit.
Products like Phonak’s D-Dry storage and cleaning case provide a safe place to store your hearing aids. So whether you’re at a pool party or enjoying the beach, you can prevent your devices from being exposed to heat and debris - and the expensive repairs that come along with them.
Get your hearing aids cleaned by a professional.
If you notice that the performance of your hearing aids is beginning to diminish once the weather warms up, take them to your hearing care provider and get them cleaned professionally! Your Hearing Care Professional can remove any wax buildup. If repairs are necessary, your hearing care professional can take care of those as well.
Warm weather is meant to be fun – not stressful! Follow these tips for a relaxing summer full of the sounds you love. If you have questions or would like to schedule a professional cleaning, contact us today and our friendly professionals will be happy to help.