Tips for Taking Care of Your Hearing Aids in the Summer Heat

Summer is in full swing, and it’s time to get out and hit the beach! If you’re a person with any sort of hearing device, you may need to take some extra steps to protect your hearing aid while enjoying the summer sun.

Summer hearing aid care isn’t that much different from the rest of the year, but with elevated temperatures and humidity, you’ll need to take a few extra precautions to keep your hearing devices clean and in good working order during the hot months.

Summer Hearing Aid Care

While you have the option to get hearing aids that are water resistant, caring for hearing aids in hot weather can be a little more challenging. Moisture is the biggest threat to your devices, so in order to combat the humidity and potential for sweat to come in contact with your hearing aid, you’ll need to be diligent. Here are a few tips to help keep your hearing aid in good working order this summer.

  • Moisture is no friend of hearing aids – The biggest issue hearing aids face is moisture. If you’re going swimming, need to jump in the shower, or plan on going for a good workout, it’s best to remove your hearing device completely. Humidity can have a negative impact on your devices as well, so in the event that you really need to wear your hearing aid out, ensure you’re removing it and drying it off frequently.
  • Sunscreen can be problematic – The oils and other ingredients in sunscreen lotions are meant to stick to your skin. Try applying your sunscreen completely, and make sure your hands are clean before putting your hearing aid back on. The oils can leave residue and seep into the tiny parts of your device.
  • Heat can cause lasting damage – Really, any extreme temperature isn’t great for your hearing aids, but caring for hearing aids in hot weather means keeping your devices in cooler temperatures when you’re not wearing them. Leaving them in a hot car for a few hours can cause damage that can’t be fixed.
    Also, if you spend a lot of time outside in hot temps, be sure to dry off your hearing aid if you’re stepping inside to a nice cool building. The extreme change in temperatures can cause condensation to build up inside the device and can result in short-circuiting your hearing aid.
  • Ventilation is good – When you’re not wearing your devices, store them in a cool, dry place. Consider leaving the battery door open to allow dry air to circulate through the device to help keep moisture at bay.
  • Bacteria – You’ll want to disinfect your devices with antimicrobial cleaners to fight off bacteria. There are products available such as cleaning wipes to use yourself, or you can ask your audiologist for help on how to have them professionally cleaned.
  • Stay prepared while on vacation – Be sure to stock up on batteries and other necessary parts for your devices, so you have them when needed. Lodging establishments all over the world have rooms that can accommodate the hearing impaired, so inquire with the places you’ll be staying to see what your options are.

Summer heat and hearing aid care don’t have to ruin your vacation plans! Keeping your hearing devices clean, dry and in optimal condition will help you get the most out of your awesome summer adventures!

If you’d like further information or advice on looking after your hearing aids, get in touch with the team. Call Hearing Aid Specialists of CT on 888-657-5768 to book your appointment. Alternatively, click here to request your appointment online.

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