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Here in Arizona it already feels like summer, and it has for a month now. The "dry heat" will soon give way to humidity as our summer monsoon season brings water to the desert, along with flash floods and slick roads. Living in a hot environment like this can lead to trickiness when it comes to hearing aid care - keeping them dry and cool. Here is some of my advice:
Keep your hearing aid in a dehumidifier when you are not wearing it.
If you do not wear your hearing aid all day, stick it in a dehumidifier when you are not wearing it, and run the machine overnight. Simply placing the aids in a cool dry spot even if you do not run the dehumidifier will cut down on the amount of moisture the hearing aids experience, and running the dehumidifier overnight will ensure they are dry. I use a Dry and Store, which I bought from my audiologist.
Do not bring your aids with you when you take a shower, or go to the pool.
I leave my aids in the bedroom when I am going to take a shower. Leaving them on the sink means they are subject to moisture from the shower. I usually take them with me to the pool but leave them in a special, heavy Oticon case. I used to use baggies, but they can collect moisture and can be moved every which way by the wind.
Remember the batteries!
When you are making trips, seeing relatives and seeing the sights this summer, don't forget your batteries. An extra moment to stow a package away in your purse or pocket can mean you can enjoy your vacations even longer.
Make regular trips to your audiologist to maintain your hearing aid.
My audiologist recommends that I take my aids in every three months for them to run through their dehumidifier and take care of any additional issues. I often forget, but summer is a great time to catch up on your hearing aid maintenance schedule.
If you have problems with moisture, try a Sweatband or other product.
I think I have a pair of Sweatbands laying around here somewhere. They are fabric sleeves that slide over the aid to protect it from sweat on your skin. If you are active, or going to be outside a lot, these are a great option, and there are other similar products too.
Anybody else have input on summer care for your aids?