CARING FOR YOUR HEARING AIDS OUTSIDE OF THE HOME
When you choose to invest time and effort into getting new hearing aids you will want to get a better lifestyle where you don’t miss parts of the conversation too. Once you have actively decided to hear better you can start travelling more and interacting more with others again without worrying about being left out.
When you are travelling away from home and exposing yourself to different environments where it can be warm, humid or wet, you should be prepared to look after your hearing aids and care for them as best you can whilst on the move.
It is important to understand that your hearing aids are an electrical device and need different care based on the environment that they are in. It is also important that you think ahead and make sure that you have everything you need to ensure that you can hear at your best all of the time, wherever you are.
We support all of our clients in travelling safely whether that be locally or further afield. We often give tips to clients to make sure that they are fully prepared to enjoy their trips away.
We thought we would share some of these tips with you so that you can get the most out of your hearing if you are thinking of travelling or visiting warm, wet or humid environments in the near future.
If you require any further advice on what you should take with you when you travel or how best to care for your hearing aid, please call our Hear in Hagley or Hear in Wombourne team and we will be happy to help.
When you are packing or thinking about what to take with you on your travels (even if it is just for a day trip), make sure you are prepared for every environment. If your hearing aid has a carry pouch it can be a good idea to take this with you in case you need to take them out at any point or just to keep them safe at night if they do not require leaving in a charger. Make sure you pack enough batteries and any cleaning tools you have been given, to make sure that your hearing aids are in the best condition they can be in all of the time.
Don’t get them wet
If you are doing any outdoor sports where you may sweat, you accidentally wear them in the shower or you get caught in the rain, it is a good idea to plan ahead for these things and make sure that you protect your hearing aids.
You can check the weather and use an umbrella if it is expected to rain and you can also protect your hearing aid from ingress of debris or sweat with things like sweatbands. A lot of the modern products are already offering some form of protection in the devices themselves but your hearing care professional can advise you on this.
What to do if you do get them wet
If you do get your hearing aids wet it can be a good idea to take a drying box with you, we stock these at Hear in Hagley and at Hear in Wombourne if you would like to purchase one. These help to draw moisture out of the hearing aid once they have come into contact with water and it can be a good preventative measure to keep your hearing aids in one of these of an evening anyway.
Dry your ears
Before you put your hearing aids in, if you have been swimming for example or just got out of the shower make sure that your ears are as dry as possible so that the hearing aids are going into a safe and clean environment and you have the best chance of them not being blocked and they can continue to work as you would expect.
Keep a small towel handy
Keep a small microfibre towel or some tissues to hand if you are away from your home so that you can keep your hearing aids dry and clean.
If you are going swimming, you may choose not to wear your hearing aids for fear of getting them wet. If you suffer from recurrent ear infections or have ear wax problems you may wish to purchase some swim plugs from us, please ask for more information. Your hearing professional can advise you on activities you should be careful with depending on the type of hearing aid you have.
Wherever you are travelling make sure that you are prepared and that your hearing aids are never going to let you down because you have thought ahead. This will help with stress levels and ensure that you can just carry on with your day, not having to think about your hearing all of the time because you have everything with you ready to go.
Our hearing team are advising clients daily on how to care for the hearing aids in the home and when travelling so please feel free to give us a call and speak to us about any of your hearing care needs, whether you have a hearing aid currently or think you may need one.