Caring for Hearing Aids in Warm Weather
Warm weather is coming. That means its time to take special care to ensure you’re taking proper care of your hearing aids. After all, the summer months, with its high temperatures, high humidity and high volume of water activities, requires extra care.
Follow these simple tips to help prevent hearing aid damage from the summer elements and to protect your investment:
- Avoid moisture: Moisture can and will wreak havoc to your hearing aids. As such, it is important to avoid exposure to water, humidity, condensation or perspiration (that’s right, even sweat), as these can cause serious damage to a hearing aid. Avoid accidental exposure to moisture by staying in cool places, taking your hearing aids out while exercising in the summer heat or engaging in any water-based activities.
- When in doubt, remove your hearing aids: Attending a summer party? Consider removing your hearing aids in case water (swimming pool, squirt guns, water balloons, etc.) will be involved. It’s also important to remember to always remove your hearing aids before showering or taking a bath.
- Let the batteries breathe: During the summer months when the air tends to be more humid, it is wise to leave the battery door of your hearing aids open. Doing so allows moisture to escape, helping decrease the chances of your hearing aids becoming corroded.
- Beware of sunscreen and other lotions: While it is important to protect your skin from the sun, it’s also important to protect your hearing aids from sunscreen. Sunscreen contains oils that can damage the devices.
- Protect your devices from sunlight: Along with your skin, it’s important to keep your hearing aids out of direct sunlight. Placing hearing aids in direct sunlight and heat can actually cause the plastic coating of your hearing aids to melt. To avoid this disaster, bring your hearing aids with you wherever you go instead of leaving them in warm places, such as the car.
Should your hearing aids sustain some damage from the summer elements, make sure to contact your audiologist as soon as possible. Your hearing provider will be able to examine your hearing aids, assess damages, make repairs onsite and minimize the amount of time you have to be without your devices.
Additionally, talk with your audiologist about daily maintenance and storage tips during the summer heat to keep your devices in the best shape possible.