Look after your hearing aids this summer

Posted 25 June 2020
Now we are in the middle of enjoying some beautiful summer weather and you’re spending time in sunny and hot conditions, you need to take a few precautions when wearing your hearing aids.

Look after your hearing aids this summer
Just like other sensitive high-tech devices, hearing aids and their delicate components are vulnerable to extreme environmental conditions. Here are a few suggestions for keeping your hearing aids in top working condition all summer long:
 

Don’t leave your hearing aids lying out in direct sunlight


If you are enjoying the weather by spending time outdoors, make sure if you remove your hearing aids at any time that you tuck them into a case out of the direct sunlight and stored in a cool, shady place. Hearing aid casings are plastic, and as such likely to start melting if left in strong sunlight for too long.
 

Avoid excessive heat


Even out of direct sunlight, leaving hearing aids in very hot conditions, such as the glove compartment of your car, can cause major damage to casings and batteries. Again, find a cool storage option, even if that means leaving them inside for a while.


Watch out for moisture 


Whether the result of humidity or sudden downpour, moisture that gets inside hearing aids can cause irreparable damage. 
Protect your investment by wearing a hat when you go outside and keeping your hearing aids stored in waterproof containers, whether youre in the garden and enjoying a picnic at the beach.
Don’t forget to pop your hearing aids into a drying container (that you will have been supplied at your fitting) at the end of each day. 
Note: if you have rechargeable hearing aids, the charging unit likely comes with a drying function built in.


Avoid chemical damage 


This can come in the form of spray-on sunscreen, hair spray, bug spray, or perfume, all of which could clog or otherwise ruin your hearing aids. Before you spray, make sure you take out your hearing aids and store them somewhere safe. If you are concerned anything may have gotten on them despite your best efforts, use your cleaning kit to wipe them down and clear all the vents and other openings.

All it takes is a few precautions to make sure your hearing aids continue to function at peak performance throughout the summer, and for years to come.

If you need assistance with your hearing aids please contact us