Hearing aids are a significant investment, and protecting your hearing aids from damage can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs and replacement costs. While you may already know that moisture is one of the biggest threats to your device, you may not have realized just how much your exposure to moisture increases as temperatures rise.
The Top 5 Summertime Risks to Hearing Aids
Although storing hearing aids in dehumidifiers overnight is a great way to let your hearing aid recover from the work it does during the day, there are many more ways you can prevent unnecessary damage. For example, hearing aids need extra care in the summer due to:
- Heat. Both the hearing aid casing and batteries can be damaged by high temperatures, especially if left in direct sunlight. Avoid leaving hearing aids and batteries in the car, and find a cool, dry place to store your device when it’s not in your ear.
- Beaches. Not only does the ocean pose the threat of water damage, salt water is especially hazardous to hearing aids as it leaves a crust of salt crystals inside the device. If you’re planning on sailing or simply lying on the beach, bring a dry-kit or cover your hearing aids with sleeves. Sleeves are made of polyester or spandex and will protect your device from spray, sweat, and sand.
- Sweat. The high temperatures and humidity of a Philadelphia summer can spell disaster for a hearing aid. Increased water in the air can cause water to condense inside your device, a complication that gets even worse as you sweat. Storing your hearing aid in a dehumidifier every night will give your device a chance to dry out and recover for the next day.
- Pools. If you’re heading to the pool to beat the heat, take care not to sit in a splash zone (such as near the diving board or where children are playing). Condensation on or in the device can corrode the batteries, damage the microphone and receiver, and cause a device to “cut out” or simply stop working. Remove your hearing aid before you get in the water, and store them in a waterproof container in a shady spot.
- Sunscreen. Sunscreen is vital in protecting against burns and skin cancer, but it can also clog your hearing aid’s ports and filters. Always remove your hearing aids before applying sunscreen or bug repellant and wipe down your devices after any activities that moisten your skin.
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