Summer is coming in, which means the opportunity for more time in the sun, possible trips to the pool or beach, a little gardening, and so much more. Aging parents with hearing aids are just as anxious as anyone else to spend a little time outdoors, and they definitely should. However, those same aging parents also need to take a few minutes to consider the proper care of their hearing devices during the summer. Excess heat and dampness can interfere with the proper operation of hearing aids.
What are some of the things aging parents with hearing aids should do?
- Avoid getting the hearing aid wet. This seems like common sense, and in many ways it is. Most aging parents probably already try to remember to take out hearing aids when going for a dip in the pool or a tumble in the ocean. But hearing aids also need to be protected from excessive sweating. If someone decides to exercise out in the sun (and hopefully they have their doctor’s approval to do so), they should remove the aid — and dry their ears well before returning it to its place.
But it’s not just water that needs to be avoided. Sunscreens, lotions, and insect repellents can also seep into the workings of the hearing aid. To avoid that, apply the sunscreen (or lotion or repellent) while the hearing aid is removed, and then give it a few minutes to dry before putting the device back in place.
- Don’t leave it in the car. Sometimes a person will leave the hearing aid in the glove compartment. Cars heat up very quickly in the summer when they are parked in the hot sun. This can be very bad for the device’s effective operation.
- Air the battery out. At night, open the door to the area where the battery is stored and leave it open for a few hours. Moisture can accumulate inside the compartment, and leaving the door open helps air it out and gives it the chance to evaporate.
- Watch the sand. Those tiny little granules of sand that get all inside one’s swimsuit at the beach can also get inside a hearing aid. Avoid touching the hearing aid with sandy hands. It may be worthwhile to purchase a hearing aid sleeve to wear when at the beach.
Aging parents with hearing aids can have a great time outdoors — and with just a little care, they can protect their devices as well.