Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2015

Summer Care for Hearing Aids

Couple with tennis rackets smile knowing this summer they can take care of their hearing aids while traveling.

Summer can involve a lot of outdoor activities and traveling. This can bring up issues that hearing aid users need to consider--like traveling with hearing aids or having a hearing aid clogged with excess moisture or sand. Finding ways to protect your hearing aids this summer can help ensure that you have hassle-free fun in the sun.

The following tips will keep your hearing aids clean and in proper working order while traveling this summer.

Moisture: Wipe the outside of the hearing aid daily with a soft, dry cloth or tissue to keep it free of wax and excess moisture. There are many delicate parts inside hearing aid as well, parts you cannot reach, and since moisture is insidious, a good investment would be a hearing aid dehumidifier box--which is small enough to stick in your suitcase when traveling. This might sound like an exotic piece of equipment, but most audiologist will be able to provide one, and they can also be found in local pharmacies. Other inexpensive but good investments for defeating moisture are a waterproof hat or an umbrella along with a Dri-aid kit. For BTE hearing aids a Hearing Aid Sweat Band can help when mowing the lawn or exercising outdoors. This product helps to absorb moisture--just like a traditional one used for head or wrists. Note: Be cautious when applying sunscreen on the face or around the ears--this can clog the instruments and lead to costly repairs.
Antimicrobrial Products Hearing aids tend to gather bacteria and other microbes like fungi, especially during humid summer months. An Antimicrobrial products that can be applied to the hearing aids every few days helps kill off infection causing microbes.
Brush: Hearing aids often come with a specific tool or brush to remove wax from the hearing aid speaker and microphone screens. It’s good to use this tool more often, twice daily, during summer months, as excess sweat can increase itching and discomfort if not actively avoided.
Air: In addition to using the dehumidifier, there are "puffers" available that blow small amounts of air through a hearing aid or through hearing aid tubing and moldings to keep them clean and obstruction free. Also remember to keep the battery compartment open when not in use or in the dehumidifier overnight.
Tubing: BTE hearing aids have a tube that connects from the inner ear piece to the outer shell of the hearing aid. During most of the year this piece can be removed and replaced regularly to avoid obstructions, but people often find that tubes need to be replaced or cleaned more often during the hot summer months. Obtaining extra tubing for the summer helps to make sure that any unforeseen complication with tubing can be easily remedied.
Audiologist: If you are unsure how to clean your hearing aid before you set sail or jet off or hop in the RV, or if these suggestions make you cringe with worry, talk to your audiologist about getting your hearing aids professionally cleaned this summer. Summer heat and humidity pose a greater risk for hearing aid users than other times of the year, so see your audiologist ahead of time to make sure you are protecting your investment.

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Tips for Traveling with Hearing Aids

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