A reader wrote to me yesterday and asked for tips on taking care of his hearing aids in the summer. With sunny days and rising temperatures in the forecast, this is a timely topic to discuss.
Two basic things to avoid with hearing aids are heat and moisture. Where I live in the midwestern United States, the summer months bring increased exposure to both of them. Fortunately we can be proactive in protecting our hearing aids.
I found two resources online today that I found useful. As always, readers, if you have any advice or personal experiences to share, you can brighten my day by adding a comment to this post.
About.com notes there are additional risks to hearing aids in summer from the increased humidity in the air, moisture from body sweat, and potential for accidental falls into swimming pools. This site recommends using a paper towel or napkin to wrap around your hearing aid. If you plan to visit an amusement park, take along a zippered plastic bag to keep your hearing aids safe on water rides. To read the complete article which includes links to available products that may help, click here.
Lifeisworthhearing.com points out that excessive moisture can cause distortion, static, and other problems. Helpfully the site offers some common sense tips for combating moisture including these:
- Open the battery compartment at night to allow air to circulate.
- Wipe your hearing aids with a tissue as needed during the day.
- Do not leave your hearing aid in direct sunlight.
- Do not attempt to dry an aid with a microwave or hair dryer.
To read the complete article, click here.
My reader was particularly interested in keeping his ear molds dry. My hearing aids don't come with ear molds so I don't know what might work for this. I found this site that explains how to clean hearing aid ear molds. Does anyone else have any tips for him?