Using Hearing Aids in Summer time Activities
Wearing hearing aids shouldn’t keep you from the beach, the water and the sun in summer. While these hearing instruments won’t get in the way when you swim, hike or do other summer activities, there are some items you should bring along to keep it safe.
Wind and Weather Protector
Summertime means spending hours outdoors, and severe heat exposure could shorten the lifespan of the device. However, you can protect it by getting a wind and weather protector for your hearing device. These protectors have filters that go into your hearing aids and function as a buffer for the wind, rain and other particles that might damage your hearing aids. These tools also come with a utility for filter replacement.
Hearing Aid Sleeve
A hearing aid sleeve is placed over your hearing aid, offering protection against moisture, heat, sand and dirt. A hearing aid sleeve is very useful because it provides protection without affecting your hearing. These sleeves are good everywhere, but they’re especially handy when you’re at the beach and building sand castles as wind and sand could easily end up in the device.
For Athletic Individuals
It can be difficult to keep your hearing aids in place if you’re the athletic type and involved in a lot of summertime sports. Fortunately, the newer hearing aids were designed expressly to avoid this problem. One item you can use is a sports clip to secure the hearing aids. They work by putting a plastic component around your ears or a wire around it.
Either way, a sports clip will be linked to your hearing aids so it doesn’t come off. You can also use a sport necklace, which is clipped on your hearing aid and placed around your head.
Hearing Aid Sweat Bands
Hearing aid sweat bands are somewhat like hearing device sleeves in that they keep sweat off the device as you run, hike or jump. All you need to do is put the cloth over your hearing aids, but this won’t affect the quality of your hearing.
Water Resistant Accessories
If you’re into swimming and water sports, waterproof covers are essential. Unless it is specifically stated in the package, most hearing aids are not waterproof and will be damaged if they get wet. If you’re not sure what to get, consult your hearing healthcare professional for advice.
If you swim a lot a sports clip can help so the device doesn’t fall off. But if you’re going rock climbing or into contact sports, what you’ll need is a shock absorber. There are many of these available online so you just need to look around, and always remember to fine tune your hearing aid before using them so it doesn’t feel out of place when you use it.
If you think you need a hearing aid, make sure that you get a hearing aid prescription. For more details of our hearing test & assessment, and hearing aid services, please contact HK Hearing & Speech Centre.
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