Do you want to enjoy summertime fun and still have exceptional hearing? You can! Summer maintenance for your hearing devices is a bit different than your winter routine, but with these tips you can keep your devices in tip top shape, and still enjoy all your favorite summertime activities.
Breaking a Sweat
With rising temperatures, you’re probably sweating a bit more than in the winter. Whether competing in a race, golfing with the boys, going for a walk, or even just sitting in the backyard, you’ll be breaking a sweat more often than in the winter. Moisture is one of the worst things for your hearing aids, causing malfunctions with the microphones or receivers, decreased battery life, or even corroding the battery contact points.
To combat sweat, take a minute to dry your hearing aids at the end of every day. Using a soft, dry cloth, remove all moisture from the hearing aids, open the battery doors, and make sure all surfaces are completely dry. If you don’t already have a dehumidifier, this summer is a great time to invest in one. Simply place your devices in the dehumidifier overnight, and in the morning, they’ll be moisture free.
A Day at the Beach
We all love a good day at the beach, but your hearing aids won’t enjoy the day nearly as much as you will. Salt water is a big threat to your hearing aids. When salt water dries on your devices, it leaves salt crystals behind. These crystals can clog microphone holes, block the tubing, and cause permanent damage to your devices.
Another threat at the beach is sand. Fine sand particles, like salt crystals, can cause a lot of damage to your hearing aids, lodging inside holes and cracks, and causing all sorts of damage. Never touch your ears or your hearing aids if you have any salt water or sand on your hands.
For a day at the beach, you might want to consider leaving your hearing aids at home. If you do bring them, make sure to keep them clean and dry, and before going for a swim, place them in a dry, shady, non-sandy place. Ask us if your hearing aids can be fitted with a neoprene sleeve. These sleeves protect hearing devices from sand and other debris, ensuring your hearing aids stay safe, and extending the life of your devices.
Beat the Heat
Your hearing aids are like sophisticated mini-computers, but just like your other electronic devices that don’t like water or heat, you need to keep your devices safe. Your hearing aid casings are made of plastic, so summertime heat can be a real risk to your hearing devices. Never leave your hearing aids in the car! Temperatures can rise, and your hearing aids will melt. This damage is often irreparable. If you’re not wearing your devices, keep them in their case, and pop them in your bag before leaving the car.
When you’re out in the sun you’re probably wearing sunscreen. And summer evenings you might be wearing bug spray to ward off those pesky mosquitoes. If you have a sunscreen spray or a bug spray, take your hearing aids out before spraying! This mist that coats your skin will also coat your hearing aids, leaving a sticky residue that can clog the microphone or receiver, muffle sounds, or damage your devices. If you notice any sticky film on your devices, clean them with a soft, dry cloth. You can also use a slightly damp cloth for tough buildup. The earmolds and tubing can be washed in water, with a mild soap, so once a week throughout the summer you can remove the earmolds and tubing from the hearing aid and clean them thoroughly. Make sure they’re completely dry before reattaching them to the hearing aids.
Hearing Health in Portland, OR
You shouldn’t have to miss out on any summertime fun worrying about your hearing aids. We know all about summertime maintenance, and we’re happy to share more tips on how to maintain your devices this summer season. If your hearing aids need a thorough cleaning or repairs, visit us today and let our hearing specialists take care of your hearing aids.