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Summer Do's and Don'ts for Hearing Aids

by Susan Fenrich

Until recently, this Summer hasn't really felt like summer here in Sheboygan, WI. In spite of that fact, we, at Welsch Hearing Aid Company have already seen many hearing aids in for service or repair, caused by the summer heat and humidity. But don't let that keep you from enjoying your summer time outdoor activities as boating and going to the beach. You need to remember to take certain precautions to protect your hearing aids from the environments.

Avoid extreme temperature changes. The plastic outer shells of hearing aids can melt if exposed directly to intense sunlight for long periods or in extreme heat, like inside a parked car. The extreme temperature changes from the outdoor heat to the air conditioned building causes moisture to condense within in the hearing aid and on its battery. Batteries are likely to fail due to heat exposure as well.

Here are three don'ts and one do for protecting your hearing aids from excessive heat:

  • Don't leave hearing aids lying out in direct sunlight
  • Don't leave hearing aids in a glove compartment or sitting on the dashboard
  • Don't wear hearing aids into tanning booths or under a sunlamp
  • Do store hearing aid batteries in a cool, dry place

Sunscreen: good for you, not so much your hearing aids. While it is important to protect your skin from the suns rays, you could inadvertently damage your hearing aids by doing so. Sunscreen lotions and sprays can clog vents and damage other components. So:

  • Do be careful when applying sunscreen to your face, neck and ears
  • Do put on sunscreen before you put in your hearing aids
  • Do wash and dry your hands after applying sunscreen and before handling your hearing aid.

The difference between waterproof and water-resistance matters. You may have water-resistant hearing aids but understand this does not mean they can be submerged in the ocean or a pool. Water-resistant hearing aids help if you're perspiring in the summer sun. However, if you jump into a lake wearing them, water will get inside through the microphone or other vents and they will be ruined.

Truly waterproof hearing aids are IP68 certified , meaning there will be no seepage or damage even after being completely submerged in liquid. The Siemens Aquaris is the first waterproof and dust-proof digital hearing aid, which is perfect for going to the beach.

Remember:

  • Don't wear hearing aids if you're going swimming, speed boating, or anywhere else they can easily get drenched unless they are certified as waterproof.
  • Don't attempt to dry the hearing aid yourself by using a hairdryer, microwave or standard oven, or a cigarette lighter. Seek help from your hearing aid provider.
  • Do make sure you know whether your hearing aids are waterproof or water-resistant
  • Do use a hearing aid dryer or dehumidifier, as the electronic Dry & Store , to avoid ear infections and component damage in non-waterproof hearing aids.

Camping or traveling with hearing aids.

  • Do bring extra batteries.
  • Do bring spare tubes and wax filters
  • Do include a dryer and cleaning equipment
  • Do include a card with the name/number of a local hearing aid provider, in case of emergency
  • Do pack a storage case

With all these tips in mind, you should be able to relax and enjoy the sounds of summer without having to worry about your hearing aids. If you have do have problems with you hearing aid make sure you call your hearing aid provider.

Please note that the idea and some of the information of this blog came from my friend, Adam Bernstein of The Hearing Professionals in Milwaukee. You may learn more about hearing health on his blog .

The content contributions of Welsch Hearing Aid Company should not be considered by anyone as a substitute for medical or other hearing health professional diagnosis, treatment, advice, or recommendations. (Aquaris images used with permission)