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You’re planning a very active summer. You’re certainly going to hit the beach and maybe take a swim. You’ll enjoy some live entertainment, you’ll get lots of exercise jogging or perhaps playing some tennis, then it’s time to hit the grill. You’re going to be busy! And you want to be sure your hearing aids are up to the task.

All of these experiences can present unique risks for your hearing aids, but there are some easy ways you can safeguard these tiny, helpful devices and enjoy your summer too.

Difficulties of hearing aids during the summer

With hearing aids, each season will come with unique challenges. During the summer, many of those challenges are weather and climate related.

Summer-related challenges could include:

  • Wind: A strong enough wind can jerk and yank at your hearing aids. Depending on the environment, 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 just about always present during the summer. Moisture can do a number on hearing aids so that can present a challenge.
  • Dirt and debris: In the summer you’re really active. But sand inside of your hearing aid, like beach sand, can result in issues.

In general, it’s fairly apparent why these issues are more prevalent in the summer months: you spend more time outdoors. And you’re more likely to encounter a sudden rain storm or a powerful wind when you’re outdoors so often.

How to keep your hearing aids working great all summer

Your hearing aids are made to improve your quality of life, to make it possible for you to do more. So throughout the summer, the majority of people want to use their hearing aids as frequently as possible. Taking care of your hearing aids by taking a few extra steps can make that happen.

Take actions to keep your hearing aids dry

Water will wreak havoc on electronics and the more state-of-the-art the electronics, the worse the possible damage. Protect against moisture with these tips:

  • Thoroughly dry your ears. Drying your ears completely will help avoid the accidental transfer of moisture from your ears to your hearing aids.
  • Don’t wear your hearing aids in the water. Going swimming? Sweet! Don’t forget to take out your hearing aids before going into the water. Naturally, most people already do this. So residual moisture in your ears after you get out of the water is the real concern. Wearing a swim cap or earplugs while swimming is a good plan. This can help keep your ears (and thus your hearing aids) quite dry.
  • Have a microfiber towel nearby. In that manner, you can dry your hearing aids throughout the day. This stops moisture from accumulating when you aren’t watching.
  • Wear a sweatband when you’re exercising. Your hearing aids will stay nice and dry because moisture can’t get to them.
  • Air dry your hearing aids while you sleep by opening the battery compartment. This will help prevent damage from corrosion of the battery.

Take measures to keep your hearing aids clean

Heat and moisture 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 guidelines:

  • Watch out for the long-term accumulation of debris. As you’re sanitizing your hearing aids, you can also take the time to clean out any debris that may have accumulated. Eventually, it’s probably also a good plan to have your hearing aids professionally cleaned.
  • Store your hearing aids in a place that’s cool and dry. That’s because hearing aids (as a general rule) don’t do well with exposure to heat and direct sunlight. So keep them off your dashboard when it’s hot. Instead, when you’re not using them, store your hearing aids in a cool, dry spot.
  • Routinely disinfect your hearing aids. You can do this with specially produced antibacterial and disinfectant wipes.

Stay active, remain happy, keep hearing

Your hearing aids will help you for a lifetime and they will enhance your summer months especially. There’s a way to keep your hearing aids dry and in good working order whether you’re hiking, swimming, or just taking an evening stroll around your neighborhood.

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