Whether you enjoy surfing or golf, hearing loss doesn’t have to mean giving up your active lifestyle. In fact, appropriate treatment can help you to enjoy your favourite sports, and get more out of your exercise routine.
Taking care of your hearing needs is especially important when you work at keeping yourself fit. You’ll feel more confident in your ability to communicate when it comes to team sports or gym etiquette. You’ll also be better protected from safety hazards when you’re running outdoors or riding a bike in traffic.
There are two main concerns when you wear a hearing aid while you exercise – avoiding moisture and keeping it in place. Consider these simple suggestions:
Pick the right style
Shop for hearing aids with IP67 moisture-repelling features that help keep water and sweat out. If you like to listen to music or podcast, you’ll appreciate hearing aids with wireless functionality and in built streamer for streaming songs or sounds directly through your device, thus doing away with headphones/earbuds.
Speak with your audiologist and get their advice on which hearing aid style is best suited to your active lifestyle – whether it is one that inserts into your ear (CIC/IIC), or sits on top of your ear (RIC/BTE).
Maintaining hearing aids
After exercising or playing sports, always wipe your hearing aid with a clean, dry cloth to remove any outer moisture and dirt.
There are many inexpensive products to help keep your expensive hearing aid dry and secure. Electronic or crystal drying kits help remove moisture – the main cause for hearing aid breakdown – from hearing aids and should be used daily during the warmer months and once a week at other times of the year.
Clean up afterwards
At your annual review appointments or earlier, ask your audiologist or the front office staff to give your hearing aids a quick look over and through clean. Sometimes, moisture and/or wax can make its way into the casing, tubing or receiver and should be immediately rectified.
If you live in Australia and you’re concerned about hearing loss, contact us. We’re here to help you find a solution that matches your lifestyle, as well as your budget.