It’s officially spring, which means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. Maybe that means more walks around Topeka or joining an adult softball league through Shawnee County Parks & Recreation.
If you enjoy playing sports but also have hearing loss, you may be wondering if it’s OK to wear your hearing aids during your match or game. The answer is absolutely!
Benefits of Wearing Hearing Aids While Playing Sports
Communication is important in so many aspects of our lives, including team sports! Whether it’s strategizing with your doubles partner on the tennis court or a teammate calling to get your attention while playing basketball at the park, hearing aids help make sure you pick up the sounds you need to in order to play your best.
Additionally, hearing well helps us to feel more oriented in our surroundings and can even lead to better balance. These two things make physical activities like sports much easier and more enjoyable.
Caring For Your Hearing Aids During and After Physical Activity
While it’s a good idea to wear your hearing aids when playing sports, it’s also essential that you care for them both during and after physical activity. You can do this by:
- Using accessories like hearing aid clips and sweatbands that help keep your device from falling out and can prevent too much moisture from building up.
- If you have to wear a helmet, find one that protects your hearing aid and keeps it in place.
- Taking out your hearing aids before showering after a game or match.
- Wiping your hearing aids off with a soft dry cloth to remove excess moisture.
Don’t Let Hearing Loss Stop You From Being Active
Even if you’re not much of a sports person, it’s important to stay physically active. Current recommendations are that adults over the age of 18 should get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity.
If you’re finding that difficulty hearing is preventing you from being active, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist. They can help you find a hearing aid that fits your individual needs and lets you continue to live an active and healthy lifestyle.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for a hearing test, call the experts at Topeka ENT today.