The summer season comes with precautions that should be taken into consideration to keep your hearing aids at the top of their performance!
Be careful with lotions and sunscreens
When you use sunscreen, pay attention to your hearing aids. Chemical agents contained in cosmetic products can damage the plastic of your devices. Before you smear the cream on remember to remove your device and before you put them back on make sure you have wiped your hands thoroughly.
Avoid exposing your hearing instruments to heat
Heat can damage hearing aids and their accessories, so be sure to protect them. Do not leave them in your car for long periods of time and store them out of direct sunlight.
What to do on a plane
It all comes down to air pressure. Normally the air pressure inside the inner ear and the air pressure outside are essentially the same, or at least not different enough to cause any trouble. Even if you were to hike to the top of a tall mountain, the slow speed of your ascent would allow time for the pressure to equalize along the way. A problem only occurs when the change in altitude is so rapid, like it is in air travel, the pressure inside the inner ear and the air pressure outside don’t have time to equalize.
When your flight takes off and the plane begins its ascent, the air pressure inside the inner ear quickly surpasses that of the pressure outside. The tympanic membrane or eardrum swells outward. Picture a loaf of bread rising while baking, and you get the idea.
Conversely, if air pressure inside the inner ear rapidly becomes less than the air pressure outside, the tympanic membrane will be sucked inward, almost like a vacuum effect. What has happened is that the Eustachian tube has flattened and needs a bit of help from you to continue to do its job of bringing air into the inner ear. Whether ascending or descending, the stretching of the eardrum can cause pain.
When travelling by plane, you can keep your hearing instruments in place during security checks and on board the aircraft. Leave them on during the flight to hear the announcements made by the crew.
At the beach and at the pool
Few hearing aids withstand a lot of water, even waterproof models. So, remember to remove them before going for a dip.
It is equally important to remember to store them in a dry and safe place. Do not put them on your towel, you will be likely to forget their there when you pick it up to dry yourself off.
There are small waterproof cases at a price quite affordable. These cases are particularly useful if you are canoeing, sailing or participate in water activities and want to take your devices with you.
Finally, remember to dry your hair before putting your devices back.
Clean your devices regularly
With the summer heat, we all sweat more than usual and fungal particles love this type of environment.
To avoid any risk of infection, clean your appliances regularly with disinfectant wipes . You may also want to change filters and domes more often.
Be sure to take full advantage of your holidays, remember to pack your maintenance kit for optimal operation of your devices: hearing aid batteries or charger, cleaning products, drying products and possibly wax filters. Most importantly do not forget the power cable to your hearing aids!
Thank you for reading and we hope that we have made you aware of precautions you should take that you didn't think of.