For a free hearing consultation and more care tips, call Kim Galick at Ears Hearing Clinic , 604-427-2828 or email info@earslangley.com . Find Ears Hearing at Unit C 20568 56 Ave. in Langley, online at earslangley.com and on Facebook .

For a free hearing consultation and more care tips, call Kim Galick at Ears Hearing Clinic , 604-427-2828 or email info@earslangley.com . Find Ears Hearing at Unit C 20568 56 Ave. in Langley, online at earslangley.com and on Facebook .

Care tips for your hearing aids this summer

Avoid moisture, clean hearing aids regularly, and make the most of summer!

Pleasant weather, a full calendar of in-person events and expanded travel horizons are making this a summer to remember. But if you wear hearing aids, it’s important to give them a little love and attention during the hot, dusty, humid days of summer, to ensure you don’t miss any of the fun!

Most hearing aids are now moisture resistant. Ask your hearing specialist if you’re not sure — they’ll be able to tell easily, and give you appropriate advice.

Avoid Moisture

“Even with moisture resistant hearing aids, it’s important to keep them as dry as possible, ” says Kim Galick, owner of Ears Hearing Clinic in Langley.

When it’s raining, use an umbrella or wear a hat that covers your ears. After swimming or bathing, thoroughly dry your hair before putting on your hearing devices.

How to dry your hearing aids

If you notice moisture on the outside of your hearing aid, wipe it off with a dry tissue. Do not use a hair dryer, oven or microwave to dry your hearing aids. If you have a behind-the-ear device, use an earmold blower to clear any moisture in the tubing, and if possible, invest in a dry aid kit and store your hearing aids there when not in use. Don’t forget your dry aid kit when you travel!

“If you don’t have a dry aid kit, open the battery door so it can dry out at night, and watch for corrosion on the battery. If you see a white powder replace the battery right away, before it damages the device,” Kim says.

Create routines, and stick to them!

If your favourite summer activities include water, hearing aids shouldn’t stop you from enjoying them to the fullest — just plan ahead to keep devices safe!

“Always put your hearing aids in the same place when you’re going for a swim or playing with the grandkids at the splash pad. If you spend a lot of time on the boat, it may be worth investing in a durable, waterproof case — it’s a much cheaper investment than replacing your hearing aids!” Kim says.

Remember to remove your hearing aids when applying sunscreen, and make a habit of cleaning your device regularly.

“Filters and domes should be changed more frequently in the summer, at least once a month.”

Don’t leave hearing aids in the car, as the extreme heat can damage them.

For a free hearing consultation and more care tips, call Kim Galick at Ears Hearing Clinic, 604-427-2828 or email info@earslangley.com. Find Ears Hearing at Unit C 20568 56 Ave. in Langley, online at earslangley.com and on Facebook.

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