Here are a Few Tips on How to Protect Your Hearing Aids this Summer!
Wondering How to Protect Your Hearing Aids in the Summer!? Summer is a time for sun-and SWEAT! It’s important to keep your hearing aids protected from moisture. Even though most of today’s hearing aids are water resistant, they are not water proof. Sweat is considered highly detrimental to hearing aid technology because of its salt content. Should salt enter any part of the aid, it can corrode the internal components and cause the hearing aid to malfunction or many times die. It’s important to be as conservative with moisture as possible. Here are some tips for keeping your hearing instruments working in top shape this summer:
Sweat/Moisture and Hearing Aids:
Ear Gear: A simple inexpensive solution to protect your behind-the-ear hearing aids from sweat, moisture and dirt. Ear Gear is a small neoprene sleeve that covers the hearing instrument to wick away moisture and protect it from other harmful elements in the air. They are acoustically transparent so they won’t affect the performance of what you hear. You can order Ear Gear in a wide range of styles and colors from our office or online at www.gearforears.com. Ask your audiologist about the appropriate size for your hearing instruments.
DRY-GO UV: Drying and cleaning at the touch of a button. Small, portable, and easy to use, the DRY-GO UV helps your hearing aids perform at their best. This unit dries and sanitizes hearing aids and earmolds in just 3 hours. Daily use results in improved acoustic performance,
better reliability, and better ear hygiene. The DRY-GO UV protects your hearing investment so you can enjoy greater peace of mind. Call our office to order your DRY-GO UV.
Many summer activities revolve around the water. Whether you are spending a day on the lake or the beach it’s ok to wear your hearing aids. Just remain mindful that it only takes a small splash of water or an unsightly slip into the water to hurt your investment. Remain aware of your surroundings and bring a small travel case with you to protect your hearing aids while you go for a dip in the water!
Sounds of Summer – Make sure they are not too loud!
Are you ready for the sounds of summer? Make sure they are not too loud! Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common types of hearing loss – and it is mostly preventable. Here are some tips to keep your ears healthy and protected this season.
• Concerts: Outdoor concerts are a great way to celebrate summer, but they can be a great way to ruin your hearing as well. Pack a few earplugs the next time you head to a summer music festival or concert. This is especially important for children, who are extra vulnerable to noise-induced hearing loss.
• Lawn equipment: It’s important to keep your lawn in shape, but it’s also important to keep your ears in shape too. Sound from lawnmowers can reach 107 dB, which is well above the 90 dB limit at which prolonged exposure can lead to hearing loss. Those are some dangerous decibels! Wear ear protection while mowing the lawn. Headset-worn ear protection can be found at your local hardware store.
• Earbuds: Listening to music while taking a walk or a run is a great way to make being active more enjoyable. Just be sure you don’t have the volume level too loud. You should be able to have a conversation with someone 3 feet from you with ease. You should never listen to music while mowing the lawn or working with power equipment. This requires you turn the volume up OVER the already loud output of the machinery. If you are guilty of this, you are damaging your hearing. Instead, you should be wearing hearing protection!