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Beat the Heat: Essential Summer Hearing Aid Care Tips

Beat the Heat: Essential Summer Hearing Aid Care Tips

Summer is a season of warmth and outdoor activities, but it’s also a crucial time to take extra care of your hearing aids. The combination of heat, moisture, and increased exposure to elements like sand and dirt can pose significant challenges to these delicate devices. Here are essential tips to ensure your hearing aids function optimally throughout the summer months.

  1. Guard Against Moisture
    Moisture is perhaps the biggest threat to hearing aids during summer. Humidity, sweat, and unexpected splashes from water activities can all contribute to moisture buildup, which can damage the internal components of your hearing aids. To protect them, consider using a dehumidifier each night. These devices help draw out moisture that has accumulated throughout the day. Additionally, always remove your hearing aids before swimming or showering and consider using covers or sweatbands to protect them during high-humidity days or while exercising.
  2. Avoid Exposure to Heat
    Leaving your hearing aids in direct sunlight or in a hot car can cause irreparable damage. The delicate internal components are sensitive to extreme heat, which can melt or warp parts of the hearing aid. Always store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. If you need to remove them while outside, store them in a protective case in the shade or indoors.
  3. Keep Them Clean
    Summer activities can expose your hearing aids to more dirt and debris, especially if you spend time at the beach or in dusty environments. Sand and fine particles can easily get lodged in the microphone ports and other openings, which can lower their performance. Clean your hearing aids regularly using a soft, dry brush to remove any particles. Also, wipe them down with a dry cloth to remove oils or residue from your skin.
  4. Check the Batteries Frequently
    Moisture and heat can also affect the performance of your hearing aid batteries. Check and replace the batteries more frequently during the summer months to avoid sudden failures. If you don’t have rechargeable devices, always carry spare batteries with you, especially when traveling.
  5. Professional Maintenance
    Before and after the summer months, consider having your hearing aids professionally serviced. This maintenance can include deep cleaning, checking for any damage due to moisture or heat, and ensuring that all components are functioning correctly. Regular check-ups can extend the life of your hearing aids and prevent costly repairs or replacements.

Contact Pacific Audiology Clinic Today

By following these tips, you can enjoy your summer activities without worrying about your hearing aids. Regular care and maintenance will help ensure that your devices continue to provide the support you need to enjoy all the sounds of summer.

We offer a wide range of hearing aid services to the people of Portland, Beaverton, Clackamas, and the surrounding areas. If your hearing aids need a check-up, contact us today.