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Summer Activities & Hearing Aid Care

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Many people who wear hearing aids may be a little concerned about enjoying the sun and maintaining the life of their hearing aid. But nowadays there is no need to worry so much. Hearing aids are more durable and if maintained, they will allow you to hear and enjoy even the most complex activities that summer brings with it. So, what are the challenges? First of all, the humidity in many countries can hinder any electronic device.

However, some countries and cities may not have to deal with such humidity, but even the cooler countries can have hot summer weeks. In general, the sand in the sea, the sunscreen that is applied to the devices, falls and shocks during outdoor sports activities can worry you. Any of the above can cause irreparable damage; leading to an expense to have it replaced. Sounds complex, but do not worry, we have collected for you a few tips that will allow you to still make the most of the summer pleasures.

Humidity and the Hotter Days

In the summer we sweat more, and the moisture can damage the hearing aids. Try to lower the appliances from time to time and dry them. It is also advisable to wipe and dry the batteries from time to time. Furthermore, when you lower the hearing aid, make sure you place it in a place, not in direct sunlight or a hot vehicle. Don’t leave the hearing aid in any area of your home that gathers the most sunlight.

For example, your conservatory, on a window ledge or in the bathroom. Even during colder months, bathroom humidity can ruin your hearing aid. It is known that high temperatures can damage the plastic shell of the device. Be sure that you keep them in cool places or if you are prone to sweating around your hairline, ensure that you keep them dry as much as possible. 

Safeguard-in-Summer: On the Beach and At Sea

There is no reason to stop enjoying the summertime on the beach. If you’re away on vacation, you may need your hearing aid but worry about it being damaged. At the beach, we are exposed to sand, sun, saltwater and sunscreen.

Sand may block the microphone in the hearing aid, seawater may introduce tiny salt crystals into the hearing aid and sunscreen may contain chemicals that damage the hearing aid. Avoid touching the hearing aid with sand in your hands, keep the hearing aid away from saltwater and remove the device before using sunscreen. If you take your hearing aid out, place it in a protective cover and place it at the bottom of your bag where it is the coolest. 

Exposure to Water, Be Safe

Some hearing aids have a covering that protects them from water damage. Although it is important to remember, moisture that remains inside the device can damage its delicate components. It is therefore important to dry the devices well after exposure to water. Do not swim in your hearing aid. Do not enter the pool and swim wearing your hearing aid. Do not go in the sea wearing your hearing aid.

Falls and Accidents 

Our hearing aids are indeed hard, but the electronic components inside them are tiny and delicate. It is recommended to lower and assemble the hearing aids on a soft surface, for example, a table with a tablecloth, to soften the blow during a fall. It is also important to wear appropriate footwear to ensure that you are minimizing any risk of a fall or trip. After all, safety in all aspects is a priority for enjoying your summer weeks. 

Cosmetics 

Hearing aids can be damaged by chemicals found in creams, makeup, aftershave, perfume, hair spray and various oils. Remove hearing aids before using one of these preparations, allow materials to dry before returning hearing aids, remember to wipe hands before. Pay attention though because you must not clean the hearing aid with detergents. There are ways to wash down your hearing aid with lukewarm water to ensure it remains in good condition.

The choice of hearing must first reflect your lifestyle. If you are athletic, like going out to run, for example, if you like to move and enjoy life, you are more exposed to the risk of damaging your hearing aid. So be sure that it fits your lifestyle – and be ready to enjoy summer. 

For more information on tips and advice and the best hearing aids for you, get in touch with: Quality Hearing Aid Center today and call us today at 248-569-5985.