Hearing aids are a great way to improve your quality of life and communication, but they can also pose some challenges in the summer heat. If you live in Texas, you know how hot and humid it can get, and how that can affect your hearing aids. Here are some tips on how to deal with hearing aids in the summer heat in Texas.
Keep your hearing aids dry.
Moisture is the enemy of hearing aids, as it can damage the delicate electronics and cause corrosion or mold. To prevent moisture buildup, avoid wearing your hearing aids when you sweat excessively, such as when exercising or working outdoors. If you do sweat, wipe your hearing aids with a dry cloth or use a hearing aid dryer or dehumidifier at night. You can also use a waterproof case or pouch to store your hearing aids when you are not wearing them.
Protect your hearing aids from the sun.
The sun can also harm your hearing aids by overheating them or fading their color. To avoid this, do not leave your hearing aids in direct sunlight, such as on the dashboard of your car or on a windowsill. You can also wear a hat or a visor to shade your hearing aids from the sun when you are outside.
Clean your hearing aids regularly.
The summer heat can also increase the amount of wax and debris that accumulates on your hearing aids, which can affect their performance and sound quality. To keep your hearing aids clean, use a soft brush or a wax pick to remove any wax or dirt from the openings and vents of your hearing aids. You can also use a damp cloth or a disinfectant wipe to gently wipe the surface of your hearing aids. Do not use alcohol, solvents, or other harsh chemicals that can damage your hearing aids.
Check your batteries often.
The summer heat can also drain your batteries faster than usual, as they have to work harder to power your hearing aids. To avoid running out of batteries unexpectedly, check them regularly with a battery tester or by listening for the low battery warning sound. You can also carry spare batteries with you in case you need to replace them. Do not store your batteries in hot places, such as in your car or near appliances, as this can shorten their lifespan.
Visit your hearing specialist if you have any problems.
If you notice any changes in the sound quality, volume, or comfort of your hearing aids, do not hesitate to contact us for a checkup or adjustment. Your hearing specialist can also help you with any repairs or maintenance that your hearing aids may need. You can also ask for more advice on how to care for your hearing aids in the summer heat.