Throughout the pandemic, many have kept their sanity by spending their time outside. While good for your mental health, exposure to heat, water and humidity can put your hearing aids at risk.
Below are our top tips for keeping your hearing aids safe from the elements.
Understand Water-Resistant vs. Waterproof
While there are no waterproof hearing aids, a number of devices are water-resistant. These durable hearing aid models provide an additional level of protection against water damage. This protection may keep your hearing aids from being ruined if you accidentally wear them in the shower, but it won’t save them if you wear your hearing aids when going for a swim.
Always Pack a Storage Case
If possible, you should never take your hearing aids out of your ears when outside of your home. That being said, if you are planning a day on the lake or the water park, you will have to take your hearing aids out to avoid water damage. Placing them in a storage case will not only provide them with a level of protection but will keep you from losing or misplacing the small electronic devices.
Never Leave Your Hearing Aids in the Car
Your car can heat up fast. According to one study, after only an hour in 95-degree weather, a car can reach up to 116 degrees. This high temperate can damage the internal components of your hearing aids.
Clean Them Every Day
After a day out in the sun, you are usually tired and sweaty. This sweat can collect in your ear and in your hearing aids. When you get home, make sure to give your hearing aids a good clean.
You can also bring your hearing aids into the office for a professional clean if you came into contact with water or sand, or simply want to make sure your hearing aids are working their best.
Invest in a Dehumidifier
Like any electronic device, hearing aids work better when they are dry. But humidity from the day can sit inside the devices and slowly erode the complex interior. You may airdry your hearing aid by opening the battery compartment and letting it sit out overnight. But this may not be enough. A dehumidifier makes sure your hearing aids are moisture-free, keeping them working well. To learn more about protecting your hearing aids or to schedule an appointment with a hearing professional, contact Total Hearing Care of Dallas today.