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5 Activities Where You Should Remove Your Hearing Aids

5 Activities Where You Should Remove Your Hearing Aids
For the most part, our doctors of audiology will encourage you to wear your hearing aids as much as possible. However, there are some activities that have the potential to damage your hearing aids.

Since your hearing aids represent a significant investment in your hearing health, it is best to avoid situations where they are at risk. To help you know when to leave your hearing aids safe in their case, here are five of the activities where you should go device-free.

1. Don’t Mix Hair Care And Hearing Aids

Many hair care routines present a threat to your hearing aids. Wet hair, blowdryer, straightener, curling irons, hairspray, and other grooming products can damage your hearing aids. Even just brushing your hair can leave you snagged on your hearing aids, especially if you have Behind-The-Ear hearing aids. It is best that you leave your hearing aids out until you are completely finished fixing your hair.

Also, when you go to a salon or barber, it is time to take out your hearing aids. It is best that you communicate your requests to your stylist and inform them that you have to take out your hearing aids, so it may be hard for you to hear them if they have further questions. With this forewarning, your stylist should be able to make appropriate accommodations.

2. Avoid High-Intensity Exercise With Your Hearing Aids In

Exercise is essential in helping maintain your overall health. However, exercise and hearing aids aren’t the best mix, particularly if you engage in high-intensity exercise.

For instance, let’s say you like to run a couple of miles a day on your treadmill. When you pick up the pace, you will sweat more, which can damage your hearing aid. Also, there is the potential for your hearing aid to fall out during high-impact exercise, and you don’t want to be mid-run when your hearing aid decides to pop out and land on the treadmill belt.

So, while we love seeing you here at Hearing & Balance Doctors, you’ll probably feel better about coming in if your hearing aids haven’t just been damaged by your intense workout.

3. Take Out Hearing Aids Before Shower Or Bath

It may seem funny to mention it, but you do need to take out your hearing aids before you take a bath or shower. While many modern hearing aids brands add sweat- and water-resistant coating to their hearing aids, that doesn’t mean they are up to being pelted with water from a shower or immersed in a bath.

The coating mostly helps to provide your hearing aids with protection if you have a bit of water splash on you, like being misted by rain. So, if you are going to shower or are going to be caught in a rain shower, do your hearing aids a favor and take them out.

4. Tuck In Your Hearing Aids Before You Go To Bed

Your hearing aids need to be taken out before you go to bed. Falling asleep with your hearing aids in is a pretty easy way to either lose or damage your hearing aids—potentially both.

After you take out your hearing aids for the day, be sure to wipe them down with a soft microfiber cloth to remove any earwax or debris that might have accumulated during the day. Then, pop open the battery doors to help air out the interior of your hearing aids and prolong the life of your hearing aids.

Also, be sure that you store your hearing aids securely. It can be tempting to just set them on a bedside table or on top of a dresser, but that is a pretty easy way for your hearing aids to get knocked onto the floor and be damaged.

5. Store Hearing Aids Before Swimming

Much like with showering and bathing, if you are going to go swimming, it is time to take out your hearing aids. Even if you aren’t planning on getting in the water, if you are going where others are swimming and playing in the water, you don’t want your hearing aids around for that.

Sometimes, our audiologists will get emergency calls for grandparents who took excitable grandchildren to a splash pad or a swimming pool, and the children splashed them with water. Depending on the amount of water, your hearing aids might be okay, but you should remove them, open the battery doors, and take out the batteries to allow your hearing aids to dry.

Also, when you take out your hearing aids when traveling, don’t leave them in your car. As there is no temperature control in your car when it isn’t on, your hearing aids can be left to get too cold or too hot, which can ruin them.

Should you need our hearing doctors’ help with your hearing aids or other hearing and balance services we offer, feel free to contact us for an appointment. We look forward to helping you have the best hearing possible.

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