Summer usually means fun in the sun and lots of it. In the warmer months, we tend to spend a lot more time outdoors and are a bit more active than when it’s cooler out. As warming and as the sun’s rays are, many summer activities will require you to change the way you take care of your hearing aid device. Here are some things to keep in mind as you thoroughly enjoy your summer.
Electronic devices like Miracle-Ear hearing aids don’t usually like to be exposed to high temperatures. So when you go to the gym, the beach or the pool, you want to be sure that you are storing your hearing device in a place that has a reasonable temperature. The glove compartment or console of your car is definitely not where you want to leave your hearing aid. Cars get pretty hot inside during the summer months.
2. Moisture and Water
Even if your hearing aid is weather/water-resistant, you should still do your best to keep your device dry. Of course, when it’s warm outside and you’re participating in outdoor activities, the care of your hearing aid may not be at the front of your mind. Before swimming, exercising or participating in water sports, you definitely want to remember to remove your device (just as you would your phone) and put it in a solid case that will safeguard it. And it’s not just water to be concerned about, perspiration and sprays can cause problems as well. You may want to look into a dehumidifier for your hearing aid. It will draw out the moisture from your device during the night while it isn’t in use. You can also open the battery compartment at night to allow air to circulate and dry out your device. But if you have hearing aids that are rechargeable, opening the battery compartment while not using it is not recommended.
Whether it’s summer or any other season, you want to secure your hearing aid device properly when it is not in use. A quality hearing aid case can preserve the life of your device and reduce the likelihood of unnecessary repairs and expensive replacements. You also need to choose the right case for your style of device. This can make a big difference in the security of your device against moisture, dust, and dirt.
4. Outdoor Activity
When partaking in outdoor activities you have to keep your hearing device in mind. Sunscreen should be part of your summer skincare regimen, but it is not good for your hearing aid. The oils in sunscreen can be harmful to your device. It’s a good idea to remove your device while you are applying sunscreen or put it in once you’ve applied sunscreen. The same care should be taken when applying bug repellent, lotions, and sprays. You also want to be aware of just how much you are perspiring.
Follow these tips and avoid distorted sound and reduced battery life. Summer is the time to take off and relax, to sit by the ocean and listen to the waves crashing, to go camping. Your hearing device shouldn’t be the source of stress.