Summer is here, at least in the United States it is, and the heat and humidity can cause hearing aid problems, especially if you’re involved in outdoor activities. Here are some tips on how to protect your hearing aid investment and still have fun in the sun.
1) Avoid getting your hearing aids wet, whether it’s water, moisture or sweat, for it can destroy the microphone and receiver. Remember to take them off if you’re going in for a swim. If it’s raining outside, use an umbrella or at least a hat to prevent the hearing aids from getting wet. If you do accidentally get the hearing aids wet, remove the battery immediately and leave the battery door open to dry out. If you have a hair dryer nearby, use it and blow cool air through the battery door.
2) Believe it or not, hearing aids gather bacteria and wax more during the summer than any other season. Use an anti-microbial product that can be applied to the hearing aids to help kill off the nasty microbes. The wax residue that gets trapped in the hearing aid tube, which can block sounds, can be cleaned out using a needle.
3) Keep your hearing aids away from direct sunlight. The plastic coating and glue on your hearing aids can melt away, so protect them from sunlight.
4) When the hearing aid will not be used for a long period of time, store it in its hearing aid case with the battery door opened. If you don’t have an appropriate hearing aid case, any tightly sealed container or case would do, and it wouldn’t hurt to drop in some moisture-absorbing chemical beads.
5) If you plan on taking a long summer vacation and don’t want to deal with the hassle of cleaning your hearing aids, talk to your local audiologist about getting them professionally cleaned and checked.
If you have any more summer hearing aid care tips, please let us know.