As you get older, you may find that you aren't able to hear things as clearly as you used to. Investing in hearing aids can be a simple way to restore your hearing, but keeping these devices working properly can present some unique challenges when the warm summer months roll around.
Here are three things you can do to ensure that you are prepared to have your hearing aids function properly throughout the coming summer months.
1. Invest in a waterproof cover and dehumidifier for your hearing aid.
For many people, summer is synonymous with high humidity and water sports. Moisture can wreak havoc on your hearing aid if it finds its way into the interior mechanisms responsible for amplifying sound. If you don't want your listening device to prevent you from participating in water activities, investing in both a waterproof cover and a dehumidifier can be beneficial.
The waterproof cover will limit the amount of moisture that your hearing aids are exposed to, and the dehumidifier will remove any moisture that leaks through the waterproof cover to help preserve the functionality of your listening device.
2. Invest in a wind protector for your hearing aid.
If you plan to spend time camping or hiking along nature trails, you will likely be exposed to a lot of dirt and debris particles floating through the air. These particles can easily clog your hearing aid's microphone screen if you don't take the time to install a wind protector prior to enjoying outdoor activities.
A wind protector is a small filter that fits over the top of the microphone screen. Not only will a wind protector prevent dust particles from clogging up your hearing aid, it will also prevent wind noise from contaminating your hearing as you spend time outdoors this summer.
3. Schedule a fitting with your audiologist.
Ensuring that your hearing aid fits snugly in your ear is essential when it comes to promoting comfort during participation in summer sports. Before you attempt to participate in a new physical activity, it can be a good idea to visit your audiologist for a fitting.
Tightening up your hearing aid so that it will not fall from your ear and become damaged while you play baseball, basketball, or tennis is an important part of preparing your hearing aid for summer.
Make sure that your listening device is ready to withstand the rigors of summer by investing in a waterproof case and dehumidifier, buying a wind protector, and scheduling a fitting before summer arrives.
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