HOT weather is coming. HOT weather also brings heat, humidity and air conditioning all of which can wreak havoc on hearing aids. Moisture collects in tubing, corrosion forms on contact points, and ears may produce more wax.
Water is a serious enemy of hearing aids. Moisture can destroy the microphone and the receiver of hearing aids, clog the sound opening or ear mold tubing, and cause corrosion in the hearing aids. Moisture in the hearing aids can cause a static sound or can cause the hearing aids to operate intermittently or not at all. Moisture comes from a variety of sources including perspiration, high humidity, and direct submersion in water. To avoid the damaging effects of moisture, follow these tips:
Be particularly careful when wearing hearing aids outdoors in wet and rainy weather. Use an umbrella or hat when it is raining.
Ensure that your hair and ears are dry before you put on your hearing aids.
If perspiration is excessive, avoid wearing hearing aids during strenuous activity particularly in hot, humid weather.
If the hearing aids get wet, it is important to remove the battery promptly and let the hearing aids dry out for several hours. If you have a Dri-Aid kit, use it to facilitate drying of the hearing aids.
Do not use a hot air dryer, oven, clothes dryer, microwave, or other source of heat to dry hearing aids.
Excessive heat can damage your hearing aids. Avoid storing your hearing aids near summertime sources of heat such as a sunny window in your home or your car, or outdoors on a glass topped patio table.
Hearing aids tend to gather bacteria and other microbes more readily during the summer months. An anti-microbial product that can be applied to the hearing aids every few days helps kill off infection causing microbes.
IMPORTANT: Hearing aid batteries are toxic. Keep them away from children and pets, as they are harmful if swallowed. Here are some helpful tips for the care and use of your hearing aid batteries:
Always carry extra batteries for your hearing aids as batteries tend to die quickly, sometimes unexpectedly
Do not keep extra batteries loose in your pocket or purse with other coins or metal objects
Store batteries in a drawer, not in the refrigerator
For longer battery life especially during the hot and humid months of summer, open the battery compartment or remove the battery from your hearing aids every night
Do not remove the tab on the hearing aid battery until you plan to use the battery
Watch for corrosion on the battery. If you notice a white powdery substance on the battery, replace it immediately. Also, check the battery contacts within the hearing aid to assure they are free of corrosion
Battery contacts may be dried with a dry cotton swab in cases of humid weather or heavy perspiration
We hope these tips about caring for your hearing aids during HOT weather will help you to keep them clean and in proper working order this summer.
Hearing aids can be damaged when exposed to heat or moisture. Sweat and water are the two biggest enemies of hearing aids during the summer, and sharp temperature changes can cause condensation and an increased propensity to sweat. All of these are damaging to your hearing aids and may prevent them from working properly.
Damage could result in distorted or weak sound quality, reduced battery life and inconsistent functionality
It’s important to take extra care during the summer months. Here are some ways to keep you hearing aids safe and functional this summer.
•Take out your hearing aids when exercising outside, if it is raining or if the weather is extremely warm.
•At night, open the battery door to allow dry, fresh air to move through the hearing aid and relieve moisture.
•Keep you hearing aids in a protective case and out of direct sunlight when you are not wearing them.
•Avoid storing hearing aids in humid places such as in glove boxes, dashboards, or other environments where heat and moisture can build up.
•Remove your hearing aids before showering, swimming or any activity in which you will or could be exposed to water.
•Sunscreen has oils that can damage hearing aids, so apply lotions or sprays completely before putting on your hearing aids. Be sure that the sunscreen is fully rubbed in or dry before putting your hearing aids back on or the oils will seep into open seams and microphone ports or vents.
Summer should be fun not stressful. Follow our tips above for a worry-free summer that’s full of sounds and sunshine. Have questions about how to care for your hearing aids – Contact us today.
‘Noise health effects’ are the health consequences of elevated sound levels. Elevated workplace or other noise can cause hearing impairment, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, annoyance, and sleep disturbance. Changes in the immune system and birth defects have been attributed to noise exposure. Noise exposure also has been known to induce tinnitus, hypertension, vasoconstriction, and other cardiovascular adverse effects. Beyond these effects, elevated noise levels can create stress, increase workplace accident rates, and stimulate aggression and other anti-social behaviors. The most significant causes are vehicle and aircraft noise, prolonged exposure to loud music, and industrial noise.
Independent audiologists are not owned by or closely affiliated to hearing device manufacturers.
Independent audiologists provide continuity of service – you will see the same audiologist at each visit and know that the work of any employee is overseen by a qualified audiologist.
Independent audiologists do not work to sales targets or receive commission on hearing device sales.
Independent audiologist provide advice and guide your rehabilitation decisions. Full explanations will be given for all recommendations that are linked to your hearing and communication needs.
Independent audiologists will deliver professional services tailored to your needs, as shown from a comprehensive hearing assessment.
Independent audiologists can offer government funded services – for Hearing Services Program voucher holders, WorkCover or WorkSafe candidates, Department of Veterans Affairs and where Medicare rebates apply.
Long-term exposure to loud noises can lead to a permanent loss of hearing, no matter your age. If you have to raise your voice or shout in order to be heard at your workplace, then you’re definitely working in a noisy environment.Fortunately, Hearing & Audiology has developed earplugs that can help you prevent hearing loss or mitigate the effects of working in a noisy environment, with options to adjust their protection according to the level of sound to which you’re most often exposed.
Our in-house design team can fashion a set of custom earplugs for every shape and size, using trusted international brands as our model. We can fit them to the shape of your ear, so that you can wear them all day without irritation or discomfort. It’s also important to remember that earplugs reduce the level of noise without cancelling it entirely, so you won’t be able to block out someone talking or snoring.
How Do I Know If I Need Earplugs at Work?
To find out if your workplace is noisy enough to require earplugs, WorkCover WA has set standard at a decibel level of 90 dbA for 8 hours or more. You can find more information at their official website.
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