Time to get outdoors! Summer will be here before you know it. Summer means fun, but it also means heat, humidity, and other things that can damage your hearing aids. While most newer hearing aids are water-resistant, they still need care. Don’t miss out on the sounds or fun of summer because your hearing aids are damaged. We’ve got a few tips on summer hearing aid care!

Protect from the elements

Don’t get caught in a summer shower and damage your hearing aids. Always carry a rain jacket or umbrella. Even a regular hat will provide some protection from rain.

You don’t leave your pets or children in a closed car; extend the same caution with your hearing aids. The temperature in a closed car can skyrocket in minutes and literally cook the delicate electronic technology in your hearing aids.

Dry nightly

Use a dehumidifier or drying box every night. When you remove your hearing aids, inspect them for signs of moisture and if you see any, wipe it away. Store your hearing aids with the battery door open. Speaking of batteries, when you open the door, inspect for signs of corrosion. If you see rust or white residue, this can be a sign of moisture. Gently wipe away corrosion and replace the battery immediately.

Invest in protective gear

If you go canoeing, rafting, or kayaking you don’t want to run the risk of losing your hearing aids or getting them wet.

A protective, electronic, watertight case like those made by OtterBox will keep your hearing aids safe and protected in case you flip. Be sure to select a protective case that includes a strap to keep it secure.

If you swim and do not wear a waterproof hearing aid then it’s best to store your devices in a waterproof, protective case while you take a dip. Never set your hearing aids on a surface exposed to the sun. Metal and glass tabletops can get extremely hot in the summer, which is not good for hearing devices!

Keep them clean

Gardening and yard work can stir up dirt and debris that can clog your hearing aids. Sunscreen can also clog your hearing aids.

When you remove your hearing aids each night, be sure to clean them to remove dirt, debris and earwax. If your hearing aids use a tube, inspect the tube for signs of moisture. Use a blower or replace the tubing if you see moisture present.

Don’t miss a minute of fun or the sound of one cricket chirping this summer. If you have any questions about caring for your hearing aids in the summer, be sure to check with your audiologist.