Hooray! The summer sun is finally upon us, but with that comes some unpleasant things like humidity (especially up here in Minnesota)! If you wear hearing aids, you may want to take a minute and review your summer hearing aid care routine. This will help to make sure you’re protecting your valuable devices that connect you with the wonderful sounds of summertime.
The Trouble with Summer
Summertime brings an uptick in moisture and this can impact how hearing aids function, particularly behind-the-ear styles. Humidity, rain and perspiration can all affect hearing aids. These things are especially hard on the all-important microphone which is generally the most exposed part of the aid. You also want to make sure you don’t jump into the pool or lake with your devices either. Most hearing aid companies have now found ways to coat their technology with moisture-proof coating to help alleviated some moisture issues. Unfortunately, this will not prevent moisture from getting into the microphones, and in turn, blocking the channel for sound to get into the device.
How do you protect your hearing aids from moisture then?
Remember to remove your hearing aids in these summertime activities:
- Swimming, water-skiing, and other fun water activities
- Exposure to humidity and/or perspiration when you do not need your hearing aids for communication
- Examples: mowing the lawn, yard work, walking the dog
- Exercising, especially outdoors
For the times when you will be outdoors, but you’ll still need your hearing aids for communication (like on the golf course), a few extra maintenance steps can really help.
- Pay attention to the area where your microphones. You can easily run your cleaning brush across them at the end of the day to brush away any debris or moisture that might have settled there.
- You can also use a dri-aid kit at night. This is a container with a desiccant to absorb moisture that might have gotten a little deeper into the technology. Your audiologist should be able to provide a dri-aid kit to you. You can also find some online – we like this one, made by Hal-hen.
Ask your audiologist about both of these things if you haven’t been shown this already.
Otherwise, go out and enjoy your summer!
A few mindful moments of maintenance can make a big difference in long term device performance. A last parting consideration involves summertime noise exposure. This post explains the dangers of summertime noise exposure. Make sure you aren’t wearing your hearing aids, and instead are using hearing protection, when you know you will be in noisy situations.
Call our Audiology department for more information regarding summer hearing aid care, or if you or a loved one are experiencing issues associated with hearing loss. Our number is 651-888-7888. We look forward to hearing from you!