Warmer weather is host to many outdoor activities to enjoy such as outdoor summer concerts, trips to the beach, barbecues and sporting events. The heat, air quality and outdoor locations for these events may not be suitable for hearing devices. Here are some tips to help protect your hearing aids and enjoy all that summer has to bring!

Be conscious of humidity!
Keeping hearing aids dry and clean is key for their optimal function. Hearing aids should not be left in the heat for hours on end, especially when it is very humid. Humid air contains water vapor that can be damaging to the internal components of hearing aids. Most hearing devices now come equipped with a nanocoating to prevent from a degree of moisture, but hearing aid batteries are affected as well. They will have a shorter life span and are more prone to corrosion.

Special kits are available to store the devices in for patients who may perspire more than usual and are in humid air often. When the devices are stored in these kits overnight, they help remove the moisture from the hearing devices and keep them working their best.

Dust, pollen and debris in the air
Summer events are not always held inside where there is air conditioning. Many events are held outdoors such a baseball fields with dirt debris floating in the air, and grassy fields with pollen in the air. Single occurrences may not create an issue but over time the dirt, debris and pollen particles can build up in the microphone and cause the hearing devices not to work their best.

It is important to always clean hearing devices routinely but particularly after summer activities. Be sure to wipe clean the devices and use a cleaning brush provided to you by your audiologist to clean any dust and debris that may have built up on the devices and by the microphone.

Pool & beach activities
Some favorite summer pastimes include water such as a relaxing day at the beach or by the pool and as stated earlier, water and hearing devices don’t mix! Always remove hearing devices before entering the water. It is best to even remove hearing devices before going to the beach to prevent sand particles from clogging the microphone or even losing the devices in the sand! It is best to store them in their real cases and not a makeshift case such as a napkin or paper towel as they can easily be thrown away.

Some people have forgotten they are wearing devices and jump into the water. If this happens to you or someone you know, immediately remove the devices, dry them off, open the battery door and remove the battery.  Try to get the hearing devices as dry as possible naturally. Never use electronics such as a hairdryer or microwave to dry the devices as they are extremely harmful to hearing devices.

In conclusion, keeping your hearing devices as clean and dry as possible is the best way to keep them functioning optimally. If you feel they are not working as well as they normally do, make an appointment with your audiologist to have them professionally examined. Everyone at Ear Works Audiology believes that when you can hear better you will live better & can continue to enjoy all of your summer activities.