Spring Break is almost upon us, it’s a time when many of us celebrate the end of winter by heading off to warmer climates. You may be considering a beach break or somewhere with a pool. If you’re a hearing aid user, you’ll want to keep your devices in optimal working condition. It’s important to make sure that you don’t get your hearing aids wet. To help, we have put together tips to help protect your hearing aids this Spring Break.
Check Your Device’s IP Rating
This will tell you how much protection you have from water and dust. Most hearing aids are IP67 or IP68 rated, which means they are water resistant but cannot be submerged. The first number is dust protection from 0 to 6 rating, the second for moisture is between 0 and 9. (The higher the number the better protection, check your hearing aid manufacturer website for details.)
But bear in mind, it’s not just water that could cause damage. Sweat, lotions, sand and salt can corrode contact points, clog tubes and damage the microphone.
High ratings are important if…
- You are very active, playing sports or hiking etc
- You are near a volume of water or in a humid area
- You are in a sandy environment
- You have oily skin, perspire a lot or produce a lot of earwax
You should not wear your hearing aids when:
- Sailing or other water based sports
Best Practices To Protect Your Hearing Aid
- Pack extra batteries and hearing aid disinfecting wipes for easy cleaning whilst away.
- Clean your hearing aids after each use and before bed. Wipe them down with a microfiber cloth to remove any earwax, dust, and moisture. This will help prevent avoidable damage and keep them working for longer.
- Clean your hands before touching your device, this prevents the oil naturally present on your skin from causing any damage.
- Never place your hearing aids on a sunny poolside table, they can bake here!
- Use a protective sleeve such as discreet cloth covers for your hearing aids or a sweatband to wick away moisture. Use them if you think you are likely to get sweaty or be exposed to humidity or moisture.
- Air out your device. After cleaning at night, leave the battery doors open. Leave them in a different room whilst you shower or swim to dry out trapped moisture and improve airflow within the unit. This could also help your battery last longer.
- Invest in a dehumidifier. Alternatively, consider a dehumidifier for overnight use. Most models are under $100, electric and gel versions are available.
If you would like to discuss devices to suit your activities, the hearing care professionals at Audionics NYC are on hand to help. We’d be happy to check over your device before you travel, and give it a good clean. To book today, please call 212-755-5100. Alternatively, click here click here to request an appointment online.