Stay Active While Using Hearing Aids

Staying active is an important part of maintaining good health. If you have hearing loss, you want to make sure your hearing aids continue to function as you work up a sweat during your fitness class at Hillcrest Community Center.

Sweat Resistance Important to Hearing Aid Consumers Close up of a woman running.

A 2012 study looked at what attributes hearing aid users found most important. Water and sweat resistance ranked as one of the top seven most important attributes along with others like comfort and performance in noisy settings.

Modern hearing aids are more moisture-resistant and as long as you practice a nightly cleaning routine, any sweat from exercise should not hurt your device.

Benefits of Working Out with Hearing Aids

Not only is it safe to wear your hearing aids while working out, but it also comes with many benefits, which include:

  • Easier communication. Hearing aids make it easier to process speech. That means you’ll be able to better understand your yoga instructor or running buddy while working out. It’s also helpful if you play any kind of recreational sport that requires communication with your teammate, such as doubles tennis. Some hearing aids also let you adjust settings to minimize background noise, which is especially helpful in louder environments like gyms.
  • Stream music directly into hearing aids. If your hearing aids are Bluetooth-enabled, they can essentially double as a pair of wireless earbuds. This will provide high-quality sound that is clearer than using headphones, not to mention less of a hassle.
  • Keeps you safer. If you like to run or bike outdoors, it’s important to be able to hear things like oncoming traffic or sirens from an ambulance so that you can react accordingly.

Caring for Your Hearing Aids After a Workout

After a workout, you can care for your hearing aids by wiping them down to remove any excess moisture and perspiration. You can do this when you take them out before getting into the shower. It’s also important to have a nightly cleaning routine that removes moisture, earwax and other debris from your device to prevent buildup.

After cleaning, it’s vital to store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place. Investing in a hearing aid drying box or dehumidifier is a great way to remove moisture and sanitize your hearing aids while you sleep at night.

If you have additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact Topeka ENT today.

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