The warmer months of summer are quickly approaching, and for those who wear hearing aids, this also means that it’s time to take some extra precautions when it comes to caring for these devices. While today’s hearing aids are designed to stand up to the elements, it is still possible for damage to occur if your hearing aids are exposed to moisture and other substances.
And since summer usually means spending more time outdoors and potentially around water, this is a good time to make sure you know how to properly care for your device in the coming months.
Be Careful Where You Store Them
For starters, be cautious about where you store your hearing aids when you’re not wearing them. Leaving them in a humid, hot environment (such as in the glove box of your car) can lead to serious damage, including poor sound quality and reduced battery life. Instead, make sure your hearing aids are always put into a hard case when not in use, and keep them out of hot environments.
Avoid Exposure to Sunscreen
Another thing to be especially careful about during the summer months is applying sunscreen. Sunscreens and tanning oils can damage your hearing aid if they get into the small crevices of the device, so if you’re going to apply sunscreen or tanning oil, it is recommend that you remove your hearing aid during application. Once the oil is completely applied and absorbed into your skin, wash your hands, dry them fully, and put your hearing aid back in carefully.
“Dry Out” Hearing Aids Regularly
Of course, there are situations where you may not be able to control a little bit of moisture becoming exposed to your hearing aid. For example, you may get caught in an unexpected summer rain storm or you may simply work up a sweat while outdoors. The best way to minimize damage to your hearing aid if and when this happens is to allow the device to dry out overnight. This involves opening the battery door, which will allow air to circulate through the device and dry it out.
Hearing aids do require a little bit of special care, especially during the summer months. However, by following these simple tips, you should be able to avoid damage to your hearing aid. At U.S. Hearing Solutions, we not only provide the highest quality hearing aids on the market, but our Audibel Hearing Aids come with a lifetime warrantee that includes cleanings and damage protection. So if anything does happen to your hearing aids this summer, U.S. Hearing Solutions has you covered.