This summer in southern Ontario has been hot and humid! Hearing aids are quite resilient devices but they could certainly use some extra care in this hot, hot heat.
Here are some important tips to help keep your hearing aids in good shape during the warm summer months.
Keep your hearing aids reasonably dry and reasonably cool
Similar to other electronic devices, hearing aids work best if they do not over heat. Avoid storing your hearing aids in a glove box or leaving them in a hot vehicle overnight. While most newer hearing aids are water resistant and dust proof, older hearing aid models are less resilient. If you plan on exercising outside, it is best to partake in physical activity during the cooler hours of the day. Also, do not forget to use a dry aid jar to draw out any residual moisture that might have accumulated.
Check your ears before diving in!
Hearing aids have never been more comfortable! It has become more and more common to hear of patients forgetting to remove their hearing aids prior to showering or swimming. If you’ve accidentally forgotten to remove your hearing aids and jumped in headfirst, and happen to be reading this right now, do not panic! Most newer hearing aids have Ingress Protection (IP) ratings which place them in the water-resistant category; as a result, it is unlikely that a quick dip will affect the hearing aid’s functionality once it has fully dried off. If you have accidently immersed your hearing aid in water or you have been caught in a torrential summer downpour, dry off your hearing aid, remove the battery, and place the hearing aid in a dry aid jar. If you are stuck without a dry aid jar, a container full of rice will also work to remove the built-up moisture.
Invest in Dry Aid Jar or a UV-Dryer
You might see a pattern in today’s blog post; dry aid jars are a hearing aid’s best friend in warm summer months. Whether we like to admit it or not, perspiration increases in the summer, and this, combined with increased humidity, likely means increased moisture accumulation in your hearing aid. You might be thinking “hey, wait a minute, I thought my hearing aids are water resistant!” While this is true, older hearing aids may not have an IP rating indicating water-resistance. Another thing to consider is that depending on the style of hearing, some parts and pieces might not have water resistant qualities. This means it is vital to dry them out to ensure continued optimal functionality. Dry aid jars are often under $20 and can dramatically decrease in-office repair issues and increase the life of your hearing aid. Another great add-on is a UV dryer. The device includes an electronic dryer which makes it more thorough as a dehumidifier and it also has sanitizing properties from UV light. This might be included with higher end models or can be a worthy add-on.
See your audiologist for a thorough cleaning
So, your children thought it might be entertaining to bury your hearing aid in sand at the beach? Perhaps it is time to see your audiologist. Most hearing aid clinics have advanced equipment to help thoroughly clean your hearing device and also have spare parts like receiver wires that can be changed quickly and easily in-house. Your audiologist can also determine whether or not a manufacturer repair is warranted if an in-office repair does not suffice.
Have fun in the sun and take care of those hearing aids! Call your local audiologist, or The Hearing Room if you have any more questions or concerns!
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