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You have a lively summer planned. Plenty of beach time and lots of swimming no doubt. You’ll enjoy some live entertainment, you’ll get lots of exercise jogging or possibly playing some tennis, then it’s time to hit the grill. You’re going to be busy! And you want to ensure your hearing aids are up to the challenge.

Each of these experiences can introduce unique risks for your hearing aids, but there are some easy ways you can protect these little, helpful devices and enjoy your summer at the same time.

Summer hearing aid difficulties

Every season will present unique difficulties with regards to your hearing aids. In the summer, many of those tests are weather and climate related.

Here are a few summer related challenges:

  • Moisture: Whether it’s from swimming, humidity, rain, or just sweat, moisture is just about always present during the summer. Moisture can be harmful to hearing aids so that can present a challenge.
  • Wind: Your hearing aids can be pushed and pulled around by the wind if it’s strong enough. And if you’re in an extremely dry climate, wind can also introduce dust and debris into your hearing aids.
  • Dirt and debris: In the summer you’re actually active. But when you hit the beach, there’s a good possibility you might get some sand inside of your hearing aid, and that may cause issues.

For the most part, it’s fairly obvious why these problems are more common during the summer months: you spend more time outdoors. And you’re more likely to experience a sudden rain storm or a strong wind when you’re outdoors so often.

Keeping your hearing aids at peak performance through the summer

Your hearing aids are made to allow you to do more, to enhance your quality of life. The majority of people who wear hearing aids will want to use them as much as possible, particularly through the summer. This means doing a few extra things to care for the technology and ensure your hearing aids continue working.

Keeping your hearing aids dry

Water will wreak havoc on electronics and the more sophisticated the electronics, the worse the potential damage. Protect against moisture with these tips:

  • Wear a headband when you’re exercising. This will help keep moisture out of your ears (and far from your hearing aids).
  • Don’t go swimming with your hearing aids in your ears. Going for a swim? Great! Just take out your hearing aids first. Obviously, the majority of people already do this. So the real risk is the moisture in your ears that lingers after you go into the water. Wearing a swim cap or earplugs when you’re swimming is a good idea. This can help keep your ears (and thus your hearing aids) quite dry.
  • Thoroughly dry your ears. Drying your ears thoroughly will help avoid the accidental transference of moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.
  • Keep a microfiber towel handy. That way, you can dry out your hearing aids all through the day. In this way, you can avoid the build-up of moisture.
  • Air dry your hearing aids at night by opening the battery compartment. This will help stop the battery from corroding and will prevent damage.

Take measures to keep your hearing aids clean

The growth of bacteria is fueled by moisture and heat. During the summer particularly, take steps to keep your hearing aids clean. Here are some tips:

  • Routinely disinfect your hearing aids. Specialized antibacterial wipes are available for this.
  • Store your hearing aids in a spot that’s dry and cool. That’s because hearing aids (generally) don’t like exposure to heat and direct sunlight. So don’t store them on your dashboard on a hot summer day. Instead, make sure they’re nestled away someplace dry and cool when you aren’t wearing them.
  • Watch for the long-term build-up of debris. As you’re disinfecting your hearing aids, you can also take the time to clean out any debris that may have accumulated. Eventually, it’s most likely also a good plan to have your hearing aids professionally cleaned.

Be happy, stay active, hear well

Your hearing aids are designed to help you all through your life, and that’s definitely true of the summer season. So whether you’re planning on swimming in the lake, hiking up a mountain, or taking a stroll around the neighborhood, there’s a way to make sure your hearing aids stay dry and keep working.

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