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Hearing Aids and an Active Lifestyle

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Outdoor enthusiasts love their sports, whether it’s hiking, cycling, climbing, jogging, swimming, camping – you name it! And if you’re one of those outdoor-types, you may be under the impression that hearing aids and an active lifestyle don’t mix. It’s just not true! With a little preparation and information, your active lifestyle and your hearing aids will work together.

Avoid moisture

If you’re sweating or out in the rain or humidity, your hearing aids may not do well in all that moisture. However, a hearing aid dehumidifier, used at night, will help dry out any excess dampness. There also are special coatings available or water resistant covers that can protect your units from moisture. However, these are not waterproof and are not recommended for swimming. There are special waterproof hearing aids available for people involved in water sports.

Headbands can help prevent sweat running into your hearing aids. For behind the ear styles, there are hearing aid sweatbands designed to keep them dry.

Keep your hearing aids secure

If you play contact sports or take part in games where your hearing aids may slip off, look into special clips that attach your units to your clothing. Some people use headbands or a tight hat to keep their hearing aids in place. Special tapes or sticky pads also are available to secure your hearing aids.

Running against the wind

Runners, bikers, joggers and others may experience whooshing and sound distortion from the wind. Many hearing aids today offer features to tamp down that noise so that the microphone doesn’t emphasize it. Look for digital noise reduction and wind noise management technology.

Hearing aid size

Depending upon your hearing loss you may consider today’s smaller hearing aids that fit are invisible in the ear canal or in the ear canal. These usually won’t be jostled by a hat or a headband. However, some people don’t like the short battery life or are uncomfortable with insertion and removal.

Wireless connections

If you listen to music during your daily jog, hearing aids with Bluetooth allow you to wirelessly connect your phone to your units. As an added bonus, this feature works with Bluetooth TVs as well for when you relax.

Keep them clean

Perhaps the most important tip for hearing aid wearers with active lifestyles is to regularly inspect your units and be exceedingly attentive about daily cleaning. Dirt, dust and debris can do a good deal of damage to your hearing aids. Brush your hearing aids morning and night to remove excess dirt and wax. If you have behind the ear units, regularly check your tubing for any cracks or breaks.

Enjoying the outdoors and wearing hearing aids are not mutually exclusive. Hearing aids and an active lifestyle work together when you take a little time to plan ahead. There’s no need to avoid improving your hearing. Chat with your audiologist about the various options available.