After the summer holidays, it is important that we have our hearing aids checked, as heat and other factors associated with the warmer weather may have caused damage that is not immediately visible. In this article, we explain how the summer months can affect hearing aids and what needs to be done to remedy the situation.
Hearing aid maintenance in autumn
During the summer, hearing aids may be exposed to high temperatures and damp conditions, factors that can prevent them from functioning correctly. Therefore, in addition to cleaning them daily, it is advisable to take your hearing aids to be checked by a specialist on a regular basis.
We recommend doing this as soon as you return to your everyday routine in autumn, as your devices may have been exposed to and damaged by sun cream, water or sand during days out at the beach or pool.
You can help prevent future issues by visiting a hearing centre and requesting a thorough check by a professional. The hearing aid specialist will carry out an in-depth inspection and cleaning of the essential parts of your device, which will also provide the opportunity for it to be fine-tuned and readjusted to your specific hearing needs.
Why do we need to take greater care of our hearing aids during the summer?
Hearing aids are hard-wearing devices designed and manufactured to withstand any climate conditions, including adverse or extreme weather and temperatures. However, it is important to invest time in preventive maintenance checks to ensure they continue to deliver optimal performance for longer.
Below are the four reasons why we recommend you have your hearing aids checked after the summer:
- High temperatures during the summer can damage some parts of the device. The humidity associated with the beach and swimming pools can affect the chip inside the device, corroding and damaging it.
- The frequent handling of your hearing aid, such asputting it on and taking it off when you take part in outdoor activities or swimming, can lead to slight knocks that can alter the settings.
- Heat and extreme temperatures also reduce battery life by accelerating its deterioration, and can affect volume levels or the ability to detect certain frequencies.
- Hearing aid connecting tubes can become blocked by sand or ear wax that may be difficult to dislodge with a standard daily cleaning routine. Therefore, it is advisable to leave your device in the hands of a professional with the necessary hygiene tools and techniques to clean it effectively.
Follow our advice and visit your specialist to enjoy the change of season with a hearing aid that is in top working order.
Have you already visited your local hearing centre to have your hearing device fine tuned?