Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tips for Playing Sports with Hearing Aids

Woman rollerblades with hearing aids.

Modern hearing aids are designed to be water and dust resistance and to better keep up with the active lifestyle of today's hearing aid users. That means that sports that might have been off limits because of damage to hearing aids can now be played. In addition, there are a few tips people can use to make it easier to play sports while protecting hearing aids.

Keep Them Dry
If you are an active person, it is good to remember that there are many delicate parts inside hearing aids that you cannot reach, and since moisture is insidious, a good investment would be a hearing aid dehumidifier box. Using a dehumidifier on nights after playing an outdoor or indoor sport helps to keep it dry. Brushing the hearing aid in the morning after this process and at night before helps remove excess wax and dirt as well.

Using a regular headband can keep excessive sweat from saturating your hearing aids. There are also other accessories that serve the same function as a regular headbands that fit over the hearing aids. Ear Gear makes a headband that fits over top of your hearing aids adding an extra layer of protection from sweat and grime. Hearing Aid Sweatbands do the same thing and also come in a variety of colors.

On The Field
Dehumidifiers are good to help remove excess moisture from a hearing aid at home, but when you are outside at a sports event there are also portable "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.

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 when playing sports. Obtaining extra tubing helps to make sure that any unforeseen complication with tubing can be easily remedied.

Securing Hearing Aids
If you are playing a contact sport or a sport that may increase the chance of your hearing aid falling off, you may want to secure the hearing aid by using something like Oto Clip which attaches to the hearing aid and then securely to your clothing. A regular headband can also be positioned to keep hearing aids from falling off as well as a skull cap.

Antimicrobrial Products
Hearing aids tend to gather bacteria and other microbes like fungi when they are exposed to excess moisture. Investing in an Antimicrobrial product which can be applied to the hearing aids every few days helps kill off infection causing microbes.

If you'd like to learn more about hearing aids that can keep up with your active lifestyle see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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