Summer is right around the corner, which means there are plenty of fun outdoor activities to look forward to, whether that’s going to a family barbeque or spending the day at Lake Michigan.
If you wear hearing aids, it’s important to remember to give your device some extra love and care this summer season to make sure they keep working their best.
Protect Your Hearing Aids During These Three Summer Activities
- Swimming. While hearing aids are resistant to some moisture, they are by no means waterproof. So do not wear them when you take any dips in pools or lakes or any other body of water. If you’re taking the family to Hidden Creek Aquapark, make sure to bring a waterproof case that you can put your hearing aids in before getting in the water. Also, always dry off thoroughly before putting your hearing aids back on.
- Exercising in the heat. We all know how hot summers in Illinois can get. If you like to go for walks or runs outside, play golf or do other outdoor physical activities, you’re going to work up a sweat. Thankfully, hearing aids are sweat-resistant, so you can wear them while you exercise. Just be sure to take them out and wipe them off afterward to avoid moisture buildup, and consider using a sweatband or hearing aid sleeve to avoid excessive perspiration from getting on your device.
- Traveling. Summer is a popular time to travel. Thankfully it’s easy to travel with your hearing aids with a little planning ahead. Put together a hearing aid travel kit that includes things like extra batteries or your charger, a hearing aid dryer and tools to clean your device, a waterproof case and any other accessories you need to care for your hearing aids when away from home.
Schedule a Hearing Test This Summer
No matter what your plans are this summer, they likely include spending time with family and friends. If you’re one of the 15% of American adults who report some trouble hearing, you may find that you’re struggling to socialize with others or understand what everyone is saying. This can lead to frustration and feelings of loneliness.
If this sounds like you, consider scheduling a hearing test this summer. If you have hearing loss, you and your audiologist will work together to find hearing aids or other treatment options that make it easier to connect with others and fully enjoy the season.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact North Shore Audio-Vestibular Lab today.