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From heat degradation to dirt and moisture, there's quite a bit to worry about when it comes to wearing your hearing aids during the summer.
2019-12-03

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Protecting Your Hearing Aids Against Heat, Humidity, and H2O

Summer is here, which means quite a bit of hot weather, sweat, and swimming. However, it can also be a disastrous time for your hearing aids. Here's how to protect your hearing aids, and how Signia hearing aids withstand the elements.

Your summer is bound to involve some sweat, regardless of whether you take a vacation or not. If you do find yourself by the poolside or on the beach, you’ve also got sunscreen, water, and heat to worry about. During times like this, your hearing aids might be a source of concern and paranoia. There’s a lot that can go wrong, especially if your hearing aids get wet or overheated.

Caution is your primary weapon against these dangers, but you can also look into more durable hearing aids. This article will touch on how you can protect your hearing aids against the elements, and how upgrading might save you some trouble in the future.

Protecting Your Hearing Aids This Summer

Whether you’re planning a trip to the beach or just planning for hot days, here are some ways that you can take care of your hearing aids during the summer months. There are quite a few things that can cause damage to hearing aids, but many of them are avoidable.

• Invest in a dehumidifier. Summertime means heat and humidity, and simply air-drying your hearing aids overnight might not be enough. Dehumidifiers can be a good way to make sure that your hearing aids stay moisture-free. Just drop them in at the end of the day, and rest easy.

• Make sure you have a storage case. While you might be accustomed to stashing your hearing aids anywhere that seems safe, you might benefit from a designated storage case. They’ll protect your hearing aids from sand and water, which is a must-have if you plan on going to the beach.

• Don’t leave your hearing aids in the sun. You should definitely take out your hearing aids if you plan on taking a swim, but leaving them in the sun isn’t much better. Stash them in your house or hotel room if you can.

• Clean your hearing aids after use. Your ears collect quite a bit of sweat, and your hearing aids will pick it up too. Make sure to wipe down and clean your hearing aids at the end of the day.

• Avoid leaving your hearing aids in the car. We all know the dangers of leaving pets or children in hot cars, but what about hearing aids? Your vehicle can get pretty hot, so don’t stash your hearing aids in the glovebox if you can help it.

• Dry your ears after swimming. Once you’re done cooling off, double-check your ears before putting your hearing aids back in. Tip your head, dry your ears, and use an alcohol solution to get out any lingering water.

• Get your hearing aids professionally cleaned. After any big trip or close encounter with water/sand, consider taking your hearing aids to your hearing care professional for some special care. In other words: have a professional check them over and clean them for you. If there’s sand or water damage present, they’ll know what to do.

The Advantage of Li-Ion Batteries

If you use hearing aids with disposable batteries, you probably understand the hassle of zinc-air batteries. You’ll go through quite a few of them over the course of your hearing aid experience, and the inclusion of replaceable batteries complicates the design of your hearing aid. The battery has to fit inside, and the compartment needs to be large and easy-to-open.

In comparison, many rechargeable hearing aids are smaller, more compact, and less prone to water damage. With fewer openings, there are fewer places for water to seep in. This is a huge benefit during the summer, when sweat and water are a serious concern.

Rechargeable hearing aids are better for the winter months, too. Zinc-air batteries are notoriously unwieldy when exposed to cold, damp air, and this can pose a serious issue for those that experience harsh winters. Cold hands also make it difficult to replace batteries, and you’ll run through disposables fairly quickly if you use your hearing aids often. Rechargeable hearing aids provide an advantage during the summer and winter months, giving you the edge you need to keep up with your life.

Water-Resistant =/= Waterproof

Contrary to popular belief, there’s no such thing as a truly waterproof hearing aid. There’s a serious difference between water-resistant and waterproof, and it’s important to discern between the two. While hearing aids with protection against water damage are more durable, that doesn’t mean you should expose them to danger if you can help it. It just means that in the event of an emergency or accident, you don’t have to panic.

For example, if you take a shower in your hearing aids, you’ll be fine. However, a long dip in the pool or beach excursion might result in some damage. Water-repellent coatings and Li-ion batteries make your hearing aids more durable, but they don’t make them impervious. You should always try and keep your hearing aids in your thoughts, but durable features make it less stressful.

Choosing A Summer-Safe Hearing Aid

If you’ve just been diagnosed with hearing loss, or want to upgrade your hearing aids, you might be looking into water-resistant options. Signia has a lot of options, many of which meet the IP68 standard for dust and water resistance. Our lineup includes quite a few water-repellent hearing aids. In fact, every Signia hearing aid includes a hydrophobic coating. This repels water and dirt from getting into your hearing aids. While this won’t stop all forms of water damage, it can protect against sweat and grime. Combined with protective filters over the microphones and receivers, your hearing aid will last a long time if you’re careful.

If you’re looking for something more durable, a rechargeable, water-resistant hearing aid might be your first choice. The Pure Charge&Go is a rechargeable hearing aid with an abundance of features, including the nano-coating included in all Signia models. If you’re looking for something more refined, the Styletto Connect is a fashionable hearing aid that’s equally sturdy.

Many people, especially adventurous types, want a hearing aid that can keep up with them. We at Signia aim to meet those expectations.

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