With summer in full swing, if you’re like most people in American Fork, Utah, you’re probably spending a lot of time outdoors enjoying the weather. While summer sunshine is great if you’re into swimming, boating, hiking or barbecuing, it’s not such a good thing if you wear hearing aids. Heat and humidity can negatively impact a variety of electronic devices, including hearing aids. Take precautions now to avoid exposing your precious investment to the sun’s damaging rays.
How to Protect Against Extreme Heat
When the temperature soars, you don’t have to stay indoors! There will be enough of that when Old Man Winter makes his appearance known and the snow starts to fall. Instead, there are steps you can take to protect against extreme heat and prevent damage to your hearing aids.
Don’t expose hearing aids to the sun.
If you use hearing aids that are worn inside your ear canals, keep them there! You may be tempted to remove them if you’re going swimming but placing them in direct sunlight is a recipe for disaster. The hot sun can melt the plastic casing and fry the internal components. If you do remove your hearing aids, keep them out of the sun by storing them in their protective case or keeping them in a cool, shady place.
Excessive heat is just as bad.
Please note that the glove compartment of your car is not a “cool, shady place.” Temperatures inside a vehicle can easily exceed 120 degrees even with the windows rolled down, hot enough to damage your hearing aids’ casing and severely impact battery performance. Opt for an indoor location instead.
When moisture finds its way inside your hearing aids, damage is likely to occur. Excess humidity, splashing water, an unexpected summer downpour – all can cause irreparable harm to the internal circuitry. Be sure to wear a hat outdoors, and if you remove your hearing aids, make sure you place them in a waterproof container. Humidity isn’t a big concern in American Fork, but if you are visiting a place like Florida, where it is a real concern, invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier to help wick away moisture at the end of the day.
Prevent chemical damage.
Many products you use during the summertime contain chemicals that can damage your hearing aids. Sunscreen, mosquito spray and hair spray can all cause harm; be sure to remove your hearing aids and place them out of the way before applying these products. Just in case, you might want to wipe them off with a cleaning kit after use.
Your American Fork audiologist can offer more tips on caring for your hearing aids from the scourges of summertime heat.