Summer is the best time for picnicking with your family at Spanish Fork City Park. But summer can also be a dangerous time for your hearing aids. Below we review some of the summer fun that can pose a hazard to your hearing aids as well as tips for keeping them safe.
Most hearing aids have nano-coating or some similar protection against moisture, but no devices are fully waterproof. Like any other electronic devices, hearing aids can easily be damaged by even a small amount of water, especially salt water.
Be sure to remove your hearing aids when going swimming, sitting in a sauna or running through the sprinkler. If your hearing aids do get wet accidentally, open the battery doors and place them in a dehumidifier overnight.
During summer months, the weather, of course, gets warmer. Because of this, you should be extra careful to avoid leaving your hearing aids somewhere hot like in a car or windowsill. Extreme heat can damage the electronics inside and cause the outer shell to warp or crack.
With more heat comes more sweat. And more sweat means your hearing aids may be at risk. While you can’t help how much you sweat, you can wipe off your devices periodically and store them in a dehumidifier at night.
Taking your hearing aids to the beach poses a triple threat: moisture, heat and sand. Even a small amount of sand can be disastrous to your hearing aids, which is why you should never touch your hearing aids with sandy hands. Ideally, you should store your hearing aids in their case when you are at the beach.
Aerosol sprays can also be damaging to hearing aids, and there’s no time you’re applying more sunscreen and bug spray than summer. Be sure to take your hearing aids out or cover them well when applying sprays, and wipe them down thoroughly at the end of the day. For more information about protecting your hearing aids this summer or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, call Timpanogos Hearing & Balance today!