Welcome to summertime, Minnesotans! It’s that wonderful time of year when we all remember outside exists and is GLORIOUS! But with the glory also comes questions about how best to keep hearing aids in tip-top shape as the heat rises.
With that being said, we are here to help! We address five common situations you may need to combat during summer with some helpful suggestions to keep your hearing aids in the best condition.Situation 1 – Moisture:a. It’s in the air, it’s behind your ears – moisture is EVERYWHERE, and as we all know, moisture can be considered the villain to a hearing aid’s hero status.b. What can you do to combat moisture?i. When they’re not in your ears, keep the hearing instruments in a cool, dry place – potentially even a dehumidifier or in a container with a desiccant pack (which can be purchased through your audiologist!)ii. If you’re going to be doing something where you’re highly active (working out, working in the yard, swimming [ESPECIALLY swimming]) – take the hearing aids out, and leave them in the aforementioned cool, dry, placeiii. When taking the hearing aids out of your ear’s wipe them down with a dry cloth – if you see any moisture or debris present near the microphones, try your best to brush the moisture away from thereiv. Finally – if you’re noticing issues with your hearing aid that you feel may be related to moisture – come in and see your audiologist!
Situation 2 – Heat:a. Just like any other piece of electronics, hearing aids are susceptible to extreme temperatures – that includes the internal electronics, as well as the zinc air, Z-power, or lithium-ion rechargeable atteries that are available in hearing aids.b. When they’re having to combat truly terrible temperatures, hearing aids may not function at their peak performance level. Particularly if you’re going to be taking them out – be sure to put them either in a travel case, or inside, in a cool, dry location.c. Do NOT leave them sitting in direct sunlight for long stretches of time – if your cell phone doesn’t like to overheat, neither do your hearing aids!Situation 3 – Yardwork:a. Common question during the summer months: Can I wear my hearing aids while mowing the lawn/gardening?i. See above – if you’re going to be active in the garden, it may be best to leave the hearing aids inside where they are cool and safe – both from a moisture and heat standpoint.b. Another consideration for the garden – if you’re going to be using any type of power tool (lawnmower, weed whipper, etc.), you should really trade in those hearing aids for hearing protection, and keep your remaining hearing safe!Situation 4 – Accidentals:a. So, your family or friends thought it would be hilarious to take you for a dip in the lake, but forgot you had your hearing aids in – what do you do now?i. First things first: remain calm!
Situation 5 – Vacationa. Before you leave on the fabulous vacation you have planned, whether it be overseas or up north, there are a few things you should double-check that are in your suitcase:i. Batteries
Here’s your bottom line for summer: go have fun! If things go wrong and you need some help, stop in and see us at Andros Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, or give us a call at 651-888-7800.
Happy summer, everyone!