Today's guest post is from Sarah Link. Sarah began working at Starkey in May 2014 as a Communications Intern. She is pursuing two majors, Communication Arts and History, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is currently a junior. She graduated from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in 2012.
Hearing aid instruments need to be protected from the elements and that is especially true during the warm summer months. Summer time brings hazards such as increased exposure to water and heat, but simple steps can be taken to prevent damage and ensure that you protect your hearing aid investment. Here are a few tips on protecting your hearing aids:
- Avoid Moisture: According to Carolyn Pinkerton, Au. D., “any exposure to water, humidity, condensation or perspiration can cause serious damage to a hearing aid.” As the days become warmer, it is especially important to avoid any accidental exposure to moisture.
- Remove before you Shower: Take your hearing aids off when you shower, swim or are going to be exposed to water in any form.
- Give your Batteries a Rest: At night, leave the battery door on your hearing aid open to allow moisture to escape and avoid corrosion.
- Watch the Sunscreen: Sunscreen has oils in it that can be damaging to hearing aids. Take extra precaution when applying sunscreen oils or sprays before that trip to the beach or pool!
- Beat the Heat: Hearing aid batteries are especially sensitive to heat, and even small changes in temperature can affect their output. Make sure to store them in a cool, dry location.
- Protect from Sunlight: To prevent the plastic coating on your hearing aids from melting, keep them out of direct sunlight and don’t leave them in a vehicle that is parked outside for an extended period of time.
Hearing aids are a significant investment but with the proper care and maintenance, they can provide you better hearing for years to come. Do you have any tips for protecting your hearing aids during the summer?