Tips for taking care of hearing aids in hot weather

  Posted July 26, 2019

We are in the middle of enjoying some beautiful summer weather. If you’re spending time in hot and muggy conditions, ensure you take a few precautions when wearing your hearing aids.

Just like other sensitive high-tech devices, hearing aids and their delicate components are vulnerable to extreme environmental conditions. Here are a few suggestions for keeping your hearing aids in top working condition all summer long:

Don’t leave your hearing aids lying out in direct sunlight. If your hearing aids aren’t waterproof, you might be tempted to remove them and leave them lying on a beach chair or table while you dip in the sea or pool. Hearing aid casings are plastic, and as such likely to start melting if left in strong sunlight for too long. Make sure you tuck them into a case out of the direct sunlight and stored in a cool, shady place.

Avoid excessive heat. Even out of direct sunlight, leaving hearing aids in very hot conditions, such as the glove compartment of your car, can cause major damage to casings and batteries. Again, find a cool storage option, even if that means leaving them in your hotel room or inside your house for a while.

Watch out for moisture. Whether the result of humidity, being splashed at the pool, or sudden downpour, moisture that gets inside hearing aids can cause irreparable damage. Protect your investment by wearing a hat when you go outside, avoiding splash zones, and keeping your hearing aids stored in waterproof containers if you’re at the beach or poolside. Don’t forget to pop your hearing aids into a drying container at the end of each day. Note: if you have rechargeable hearing aids, the charging unit likely comes with a drying function built in.

Avoid chemical damage. This can come in the form of spray-on sunscreen, hair spray, bug spray, or perfume, all of which could clog or otherwise ruin your hearing aids. Before you spray, make sure you take out your hearing aids and stow them somewhere safe. If you are concerned anything may have gotten on them despite your best efforts, use your cleaning kit to wipe them down and clear all the vents and other openings.

All it takes is a few precautions to make sure your hearing aids continue to function at peak performance throughout the summer, and for years to come.



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