Q. I walk with friends in my Leander neighborhood. They wear their aids all the time. But I am concerned mine will get damp or wet when I perspire. Is it okay for me to wear my hearing aids during our walks?
A. Different hearing aids can be affected differently by moisture. Most TV, magazine ad and online types of hearing devices can be easily impacted when they get wet.
If your hearing aids come from a hearing center or doctor’s office, and if they are 4-5 years old, they are probably highly moisture resistant. The two caveats are 1) if you wear hearing aids that fully sit in your ear canal or 2) have plastic tubes connecting the earpiece to the hearing aid behind your ear – these types of aids should be placed in a closed drying container every night.
Newer hearing aids from hearing centers and doctors will be moisture resistant enough for you to wear while you are perspiring. Salt is the concern, not water. Wear them, and walk and hear better at the same time. Afterwards, simply wipe off your hearing aids using a damp tissue or alcohol swab after wearing them and perspiring.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin at 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear check-up and hearing exam. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before a final purchase.
Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award. Since 2008, he has purchased a multitude of hearing aids for students at the Texas School for the Deaf. Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad.