Ears and Exercise: Hearing Aid Care for Active Lifestyles

By January 2, 2019 News

Are you thinking about getting in shape after New Years? Don’t let these common fears about hearing aids get in the way.

Quite often, patients say they don’t wear their hearing aids while they are working out, playing golf, riding a bike, playing tennis, and other physical activities. Why? I’ll tell you their reasons and explain how to overcome these perceptions.

1) I don’t wear my hearing aids when I go to the gym because I sweat a lot.

Most hearing aids have high Ingress Protection (IP) ratings. This rates the sealing effective of the device against the intrusion of moisture, dust, and dirt. Hearing aids have high IP ratings because they are made for all day, every day use. This means wearing them when you’re sweating is OK! The best tip I have for “preventative maintenance” is using a dehumidifier. Place your hearing aids in a dehumidifier overnight to remove excess moisture and prolong the components of your hearing device.

For people with extreme moisture problems (runners, football players, etc.) we recommend a Zephyr unit with a fan and dehumidifier that dries the hearing aids for 6 hours while you sleep. There is also a version with a disinfectant light if you are concerned about germs or infections (swimmers’ ear).

2) I don’t wear my hearing aids when I play golf because I can’t stand the wind noise.

Great news! There’s a program for that. Hearing aids are smart! The built-in computer chip knows how to adjust automatically in noisy or windy environments, but sometimes an audiologist needs to create a program for your specific need. With the new programming, simply push a button on your hearing aid and, the irritating wind noise is no longer an issue.

3) I don’t wear my hearing aids when I play tennis, basketball, or go running because I’m worried it will fall off my ear.

Hearing aids are meant to have a secure/snug fit and not go flying off or falling out of your ears. This should be the case whether you are sitting, running or jumping around. Proper fit is crucial to ensure the devices stay in place. If you are still concerned about losing your hearing aid, then an easy option is wearing a headband or try OtoClips. This lightweight lanyard attaches easily to the hearing aid then clips securely to your clothing. Available for behind the ear (BTE) or in the ear (ITE) models, binaural or monaural.

It is important that your hearing aids stay in your ears while enjoying an active lifestyle. If you need help ensuring your hearing aids are meeting your listening needs and fit securely, see your audiologist. We’re here for you!

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