Protecting Your Hearing Aids in the Summer
Hearing aids are complex pieces of technology and, like many other devices, are susceptible to damage from the heat and humidity of the hot summer months. Just because you wear hearing aids, however, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite outdoor activities. Remember a few summer hearing aid care tips to keep your devices in great condition.
Summer threat: moisture and particles
One of the biggest threats that warm weather brings to hearing aids is moisture and humidity. Having fun in the sun often involves spending time near a lake or ocean. This can increase the risk of moisture through swimming, humidity, and sweat, as well as the risk of particles from sunscreen or bug spray.
Salt water can be especially damaging to hearing aids, as it leaves behind salt and minerals when it evaporates. These small crystals can be harmful to the smaller components in hearing aids. Similarly, debris such as sand, dirt, and dust can be a greater threat to hearing aids in the summer.
Summer threat: heat
With summer also comes heat, which can pose a degree of risk to hearing aids. Because many components of the hearing aid are made of plastic, they can melt if left in a hot car, and can also be damaged if stored in hot, direct sunlight.
Solution: keep your hearing aids cool and dry
Regardless of the season, it’s important to wipe down your hearing aids every night to remove any moisture, oils, or wax on the device. In addition to this routine maintenance, there are a few further actions that will keep your hearing aids free of moisture and safe from the sun this summer.
When engaging in sports, gardening, or other outdoor activities, try to refrain from touching your hearing aids, especially if you could have sand or dirt on your hands. Consider wearing a hat or bandana to protect the hearing aids from any floating particles in the air, as well as from the heat of the sun. If you plan on going swimming, leave your hearing aids behind to prevent damage from accidental splashes or submersion.
Exercising during the cooler part of the day can also prevent moisture. You may even consider removing your hearing aids when exercising outside for long periods of time.
Once you’re home, there are even further preventative measures you can take. An inexpensive option is a hearing aid dehumidifier, which costs under $10 and can last six months. Store your hearing aids in the dehumidifier overnight to absorb any excess moisture.
Another excellent and more long-term option for keeping hearing aids in prime condition is a UV-Clean & Dry Box. In addition to removing moisture, this device kills germs and bacteria in a brief cleaning cycle through the use of UV light waves. To learn more about this process, check out our blog post on the subject.
Hear the sounds of summer
Concerned that your hearing aids will be at risk this summer? Consider an MDHearingAid, which can be purchased with the MDShield Protection Plan. This plan prevents against all types of accidental damage, including water damage. Interested in learning more about our inexpensive hearing aid options? We offer a variety of affordable hearing aid options, with both digital and analog options. Contact us to learn more.