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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

Tips For Cycling While Wearing Hearing Aids


You might be surprised to find out that hearing aids don’t prevent the individual from cycling. With the right gear and hearing aid settings, a patient with hearing loss can enjoy a fun-filled day of cycling. But there are some extra precautions that the person with hearing loss should take to ensure they have a safe ride.

Without taking the proper precautions to adjust for the wind noise while riding, cycling can irritate the individual’s ears. To make cycling more enjoyable, the Hearing & Balance Doctors team has put together a list of safety cycling tips for those experiencing hearing loss.

4 Tips for cycling with hearing aids

1. Cycle in a group

Although cycling can be a fun individual sport, cycling with a group can significantly improve one’s safety. Before heading out on the road, establish cues or gestures with the other cyclists that they can use to alert you of any oncoming vehicles. Ensure everyone in your group is up to speed on the different hand signals and cues you will be using.

Additionally, having a larger group of cyclists makes cars on the road more aware of their surroundings. When riding in a group, drivers are more likely to notice you, which increases your safety. Invite your friends out for a ride or find a local cycling group, so you’ll always have someone watching your back.

2. Adjust Your Hearing Aid Settings

If you wear hearing aids, you likely won’t have an enjoyable ride if you simply hop on the bike and go. The wind noise will be your biggest enemy! If you’re an avid cyclist, look for hearing aids that offer a wind-cancellation setting to filter out the noise. Even those without hearing loss can have difficulty hearing important noises around them because of the wind, which is why it’s imperative you use this setting.

You can also wear a hat or headband covering your ears and hearing aids, preventing the wind from hitting the hearing aid’s microphone.

Your hearing aids will also have an omnidirectional microphone setting to help you hear all noises during your ride. It isn’t recommended to use this setting for everyday wear because it can make the sounds in normal situations very overwhelming. Still, when riding, it will help you have a better idea of your surroundings.

If you aren’t sure of your hearing aids’ best settings, the Hearing & Balance Doctors can help you find the ideal settings for your cycling adventures.

3. Choose the Right Helmet

You should always wear a properly fitted helmet for your safety, but hearing aids can make choosing the right helmet a bit more difficult. You need to find a helmet that provides ample safety but doesn’t interfere with the comfort or efficiency of your hearing aids.

When trying on different helmets during your search, you should always be wearing your hearing aids. This will ensure that the helmet fits comfortably over the top of them without pushing the hearing aids into the side of your head.

4. Stay Up to Date with Hearing Aid Technology

Hearing aid technology is continuously evolving — improving the way you can listen during normal environments and while cycling. If any changes come about, your audiologist can help you get set up with the latest technology to enhance your cycling experience.

If you’re looking to improve your hearing while cycling, the skilled audiologists at Hearing & Balance Doctors can provide hearing aid recommendations that will enhance your awareness of your surroundings. Contact our experienced team to schedule your hearing evaluation in St. George, UT.

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