According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “In 2019, 7.1% of adults aged 45 and over used a hearing aid.” If you’re among this population and you ski or wish to start, below we review tips to help you make the most of the experience.
Wear a Headband or Earmuffs
There are multiple reasons it’s a good idea to wear a headband that wraps around your ears or earmuffs when skiing. For one, it can protect against the cold, which, combined with wet conditions, can cause abnormal bone growths that can cause your hearing aids to not fit anymore. Also, your hearing aids should not be exposed to moisture, and a headband or earmuffs can act as a barrier to protect them.
Pack Your Hearing Aid Supplies
In addition to bringing your hearing aids along so you can hear your instructor and other people skiing, you should bring any necessary supplies. For example, you can bring extra batteries, so you’re not left stranded without being able to hear, as well as a hearing aid lanyard to clip your hearing aids to your clothes so if they fall out, they’re not lost up on Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Get a Hearing Aid Dry Box
A hearing aid dry box pulls moisture from your hearing aids. There are two types of hearing aid dry boxes; the difference lies in how they do it.
- Regular dry boxes or dehumidifiers have only one job: to extract moisture. They are able to do this because they contain a desiccant, which are beads or capsules that pull moisture away from the delicate technology within your devices. They do this the same way rice does if you submerge your phone in it after it gets dropped in water.
- UV dry boxes have two jobs: both drying and sanitizing your hearing aids. Instead of using a desiccant, they use gentle heat to dry and UV-C light to sanitize against germs, bacteria and viruses. UV dry boxes are best for people who work in unsanitary conditions as well as those who produce a lot of sweat and earwax.
Storing your hearing aids in a dry box overnight after skiing can help prevent residual moisture from damaging the delicate technology within your devices.
For more information on the benefits of hearing aids or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, call Certified Hearing Aid & Audiology Associates today.