Summer in Miami: How Heat Affects Your Hearing Aid

Posted on July 22, 2015. Filed under: hearing education | Tags: , , , |

Miami residents can agree, living with the summer heat can be an absolute pain, but over time it becomes bearable. But when you’re living with hearing loss, the hot weather can actually pose a risk to your hearing device. The basics of hearing health state that users should try to avoid extreme heat and humidity. Unfortunately, both of these factors can be found everywhere you go in Miami. That’s why it’s important to beat the heat and practice safety precautions to help maintain the longevity of your hearing aid by following these tips:

1) Keep Moisture Out
More often than not, keeping moisture out of your hearing aid is a lot easier said than done. That’s why it’s vital to keep an eye on your device, especially if you’ve been exposed to heat and humidity for extended periods of time. Sweating may also havea negative impact on your device. Be sure to wipe down your device if this occurs and don’t forget to wipe the batteries.

2) Air out your device
When dealing with the summer heat, be sure that your device is getting plenty of time to dry off and recuperate from the heat and humidity. When not in use, like at night, try removing your hearing aids batteries and leaving the compartment open to allow maximum airflow. By airing out your device, you’ll be maximizing the performance of your hearing aid.

3) Keep cool
This one may sound like a bit of a no-brainer, but by avoiding the heat on peak temperature days, you’ll be significantly protecting your device. Now, we’re not saying to never go outside again, especially since the heat is always present in Miami, but by limiting that the great outdoors and your device interact, you’ll be improving your device in the long run. Try using a dehumidifier when indoor to help furthermore protect your hearing aid.

4) Keep an eye on your hearing aid
Being mindful of your hearing aid is another obvious point to state, but one that is important to keep in mind. While it may seem like common sense not to leave your device unattended in public places, many people have accidentally left their hearing aid in their vehicle for prolonged periods of time without realizing that it could melt the plastic of their device.

 

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