The summertime brings warmer weather, longer days and more opportunities to get outside and be active. Whilst this is great for your health and well-being, you need to be aware of the potential seasonal risks that pose a threat to your hearing aid.
Dos and Don’ts
We want you to have the confidence to join in and reap the benefits of both the sunshine and your hearing aids without the worry of being left with a costly repair bill or needing a replacement device. So let’s look at the do’s and don’ts of hearing aid use this summertime.
- Think ahead about what you will be doing and what the conditions are likely to be. Remember dust, humidity, sweat, intense heat and water can all damage your hearing aid. Prepare as much as possible for the circumstances.
- Consider whether it is safer to store your device in a dry box or whether to use some protection such as a sweatband or shealth for your device such as Ear Gear to protect it from sweat etc.
- Consider a product such as the Oto Clip if you are going to be active. This will prevent your device from falling from your person thereby removing the risk of damage or loss.
- Store your device away whilst applying any lotions or sprays such as insect repellent, sunscreen, hairspray etc. The chemicals within these products can cause damage to your hearing aid.
- Store your hearing aid in a dehumidifying box overnight.
- Gently dry and clean your device regularly a small cleaning kit and some disinfectant wipes will aid in removing bacteria, dust and dirt from small working parts.
- Wear your hearing aid whilst swimming, showering or when on board a boat etc. Whilst many hearing aids have some protection from water damage (check the IP rating) they are not fully waterproof.
- Leave your hearing aid out in direct sunlight or heat. Instead store it safely away in a cool and dry place.
- Forget to keep spare batteries on you.
- Neglect to have a regular hearing check.
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You can find more detailed hearing aid maintenance advice as well as music festival advice and much more in our blog section. If you would like to discuss anything about your lifestyle or your hearing aids, please call us on (864) 546-5708 or click here to book an appointment.
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