If you have hearing loss, maintaining your physical and mental health is a major benefit of wearing your hearing aids. However, wearing hearing aids doesn’t mean that you need to stop working out, participating in sports, or give up an active lifestyle.
Our patients need not sit at home worrying that they might lose or damage their hearing aids. Making use of the following tips, you can keep your hearing aids in top condition while you take part in sports or work out.
Using Your Hearing Aids During Sports or Workouts Is Important
Your hearing aids are an important piece of safety and performance equipment regardless of what type of activities you take part in, allowing you to:
- Hear instructions
- Communicate with teammates or partners
- Hear warning signals
- Enhance balance and spacial awareness
Tips to Protect and Maintain Your Hearing Aids During Sports and Workouts
Understanding how to protect your hearing devices from damage or loss and knowing how to maintain them between activities allows you to continue with normal activities while wearing them. Essential tips to keep in mind include:
- Protecting against damage or loss. If you use a helmet during your workout or activity, consider wearing two skull-caps. One skull-cap will absorb sweat, while the other helps hold the device in place. Hearing aid clips are another means of preventing them from being dislodged during more aggressive activities, even if you don’t use a helmet during your workout.
- Protecting against moisture damage. Moisture is your hearing aids’ worst enemy. Protection against moisture can include using a headband designed to absorb moisture and keep it away from your device while working out. Keep a puffer or bulb blower in your workout bag to remove moisture from the device during breaks. Invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier to deal with moisture on a daily, long-term basis.
- Be strict when it comes to daily cleaning. Wax, debris, and moisture buildup tend to be more extensive when you are more active. Consequently, you must have a more strict cleaning, maintenance, and inspection routine to keep your device performing at its best. Follow manufacturer directions and use only those products, such as anti-microbial wipes designed for your hearing instrument to help keep them sanitary.
- Maintain a full charge or have extra batteries. Moisture from sweat tends to deplete battery life more rapidly, which has the potential to leave you without your hearing aids in the middle of your activity or workout. So, make sure your batteries are fully charged, or you have extras on hand when preparing for your workout.
Hearing Aid Styles for Active Lifestyles
Your audiologist will provide the style of hearing aid best suited to your lifestyle and the activities you participate in. Most active individuals choose in-the-ear (ITE) and in-the-canal (ITC) style hearing aids because they don’t interfere with headwear and tend to stay in place.
Those with more advanced hearing loss can still take advantage of behind-the-ear (BTE) or receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) style hearing instruments using hearing aid clips. Regardless of style, features like waterproofing, dust proofing, and shockproofing, as well as improved wind noise handling, improve their performance during workouts or activities.
Aim Hearing and Audiology Supports Your Active Lifestyle
You don’t have to stop enjoying sports, working our or your active lifestyle just because you wear hearing aids.
To help keep you going, our team at Aim Hearing and Audiology provides you with the right styles, features, and technologies to fit your active lifestyle. We also provide the accessories, maintenance, and technical support to ensure your hearing aids continue to meet your needs while you work out.
If you or a loved one wants to discuss hearing aid options or discuss any questions about how we can help support your active lifestyle, the team at Aim Hearing and Audiology is here to help. Contact us today.