Is there any summer activity more refreshing and relaxing than traveling to the beach? If you’re headed somewhere tropical this summer and you’re one of the 16% of adults ages 20 to 69 who wears hearing aids, be sure to follow our tips to make the most of your trip while keeping your devices safe.
It’s well-known that water, especially salt water, and hearing aids do not mix. This is true even for hearing aids with protective Nano-coatings and high IP ratings. Before you even think about approaching the water, be sure to remove your hearing aids. You should do this even if you don’t plan on going past your ankles, as you never know when you will get splashed or when a sneaker wave will knock you down. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you’re somewhere tropical or humid, there is not a lot you can do to protect your devices until you take them out at the end of the day. When you do, put them in a dehumidifier, which you can purchase from Redler’s Long Term Care Pharmacy. These devices safely remove excess moisture from your devices to keep them in working order.
You should also remove your hearing aids before approaching the sand, especially on a windy day when the sand gets kicked up. Don’t just put them on a towel – store them in a carrying case that is kept safe inside a bag.
Not only do moisture, salt and sand damage hearing aids, but so does extreme heat and direct sunlight. If you’re wearing your devices to and from the beach, make sure you wear a wide-brimmed sun hat to protect them. When you take your devices out to protect them, put them somewhere shady, like under an umbrella.
The chemicals in sunscreen can also wreak havoc on your hearing aids. Be sure to take out your devices before applying aerosol sunscreens and other similar sprays.
For more information on possible hearing aid repairs or to schedule an appointment, call Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants today.