Man holding grandson at family cookout waiting for grilled food to be done

You’ve got a lively summer planned. Plenty of beach time and lots of swimming no doubt. You’ll take in some live entertainment, you’ll get plenty of exercise jogging or possibly playing some tennis, then it’s time to get to the grill. Your schedule is going to be pretty full. And you want to ensure your hearing aids are up to the task.

Summer activities such as these can be hard on your hearing aids, but these little useful devices can be safeguarded without it slowing your summer fun.

Summertime hearing aid difficulties

With hearing aids, every season will have unique difficulties. Climate and weather are the leading challenges in the summer.

Here are a few summer related challenges:

  • Debris, sand and dirt: You’re active during the summer. But when you hit the beach, there’s a good chance you might get some sand in your hearing aid, and that may cause issues.
  • Wind: A strong enough wind can jerk and yank at your hearing aids. Depending on the climate, powerful winds can also introduce dust and debris into your hearing aid.
  • Moisture: Whether it’s from humidity, swimming, rain, or just sweat, moisture is nearly always present in the summer. Moisture can do a number on hearing aids so that can present a problem.

Part of the reason why these problems are more common during the summer is clear: you’re usually outdoors more often. And you’re more likely to experience a sudden rain storm or a powerful wind when you’re outdoors so often.

Keeping your hearing aids at peak performance through the summer

Your hearing aids are made to improve your quality of life, to make it possible for you to do more. The majority of individuals who wear hearing aids will want to use them as much as they can, particularly during the summer. Caring for your hearing aids by taking a few additional steps can make that happen.

Keeping your hearing aids dry

We’ve established that moisture is the enemy of a well-functioning hearing aid (the more state-of-the-art the electronics, the worse water becomes). There are several ways you can keep moisture at bay:

  • When you’re performing an activity that will cause you to sweat, wear a sweatband. Your hearing aids will stay nice and dry because moisture can’t reach them.
  • Thoroughly dry your ears. Make sure you aren’t accidentally transferring moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.
  • Don’t swim while wearing your hearing aids. Beach day? Great! Don’t forget to remove your hearing aids before going into the water. Of course, most individuals already do this. So the real hazard is the moisture in your ears that remains after you go into the water. That’s why you should start thinking about using a swim cap and earplugs when you go swimming. This can help keep your ears (and thus your hearing aids) quite dry.
  • Keep a microfiber towel handy. You can use this to routinely dry your hearing aids. In this way, you can avoid the accumulation of wetness.
  • Open the battery compartment on your hearing aids at night and allow them to air dry. This will help keep the battery from corroding and will decrease damage.

Take steps to keep your hearing aids clean

Moisture and heat can both hasten the growth of bacteria. So you should also do a few things to make sure your hearing aids are remaining clean over the summer months. Here are some tips:

  • Don’t let debris build-up over time. You can take a few minutes to get rid of any debris on your hearing aids while you sanitize them. Occasionally, a professional cleaning is needed.
  • Store your hearing aids in a spot that’s cool and dry. Hearing aids, as a rule, don’t handle direct sunlight very well. So keep them off your dashboard on hot days. Instead, when you’re not using them, store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place.
  • Sanitize your hearing aids on a regular basis. Specialized antibacterial wipes are available for this.

Be happy, remain active, hear well

Your hearing aids are made to accompany you throughout your life, and that’s certainly true of the summer months. You can keep your hearing aids dry and in good working order whether you’re hiking, swimming, or simply taking an evening stroll around your neighborhood.

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