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Hearing Aids and Humidity: How to Beat the Summer Heat!

Seven practical tips for caring for your hearing aids this summer. Enjoy your outdoor adventures worry-free!

1. Keep Them Dry

  • Store Hearing Aids Properly: At the end of the day, place your hearing aids in a dehumidifier designed specifically for hearing aids. This helps to remove any moisture that has accumulated during the day.
  • Avoid Water Exposure: Be mindful of water activities. Remove your hearing aids before swimming, showering, or engaging in water sports. Always store them in a safe, dry place.
  • Carry a Drying Kit: If you’re on the go, consider carrying a portable drying kit. These kits are convenient for travel and help keep your hearing aids moisture-free.

2. Clean Them Regularly

Sweat and debris can build up on your hearing aids during the summer. Regular cleaning is essential.

  • Daily Cleaning: Wipe down your hearing aids with a soft, dry cloth every day. This helps remove sweat, oil, and dirt. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions or check with your hearing aid specialist for more information on properly cleaning your hearing aids.
  • Do not use any liquid to “clean” the hearing instruments – even alcohol.

3. Protect from Extreme Heat

High temperatures can damage the electronic components of your hearing aids. Follow these tips to protect them from heat…

  • Avoid Direct Sunlight: Don’t leave your hearing aids in direct sunlight or hot places, such as inside a car or windowsill.
  • Store in a Cool Place: When not in use, store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place. A protective case can offer additional protection against heat.

4. Handle Sweat

  • Use a Sweat Band: Wear a sweatband or hat can help keep sweat away from your hearing aids.
  • Try Hearing Aid Sweat Covers: These are designed to protect your hearing aids from moisture and can be particularly useful during exercise or outdoor activities.

5. Regular Maintenance Checks

  • Schedule regular maintenance checks with your hearing aid specialist. They can professionally clean your hearing aids and ensure they are functioning correctly. Regular check-ups help identify potential issues before they become major problems.

6. Consider Moisture-Resistant Hearing Aids

  • If you live in a particularly humid climate or are very active, consider investing in moisture-resistant hearing aids. Many modern hearing aids come with water-resistant or waterproof features that provide extra protection against moisture.

7. Monitor Performance with Self Check

  • If your hearing aids are equipped with the Self Check feature in the My Starkey or Thrive app you can periodically run a test to ensure that your hearing aids are always at their best. This diagnostic tool tests the microphone, receiver, and circuit of your hearing aids, letting you know if they need cleaning, new wax guards, or professional maintenance. With this feature, you can keep your hearing aids in top shape all summer long.
    *Self Check is available on select technology

Taking these steps can help ensure your hearing aids remain in excellent condition throughout the summer. By keeping them dry, clean, and protected from extreme heat, you can enjoy all your summer activities without worrying about your hearing aids. Remember, regular maintenance and proper care are key to extending the life and performance of your hearing aids. If you have any specific questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us. Call 864-232-3999

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