Hearing aids and your active lifestyleHearing aids and your active lifestyle
Negative stigma of hearing aids makes a lot of people who are uninformed believe that the devices are only for the elderly, but burgeoning technology makes it possible for even the most active individuals to find their benefits. If you are coping with hearing loss and don't want to give up your passion for being healthy and active, you have several options for comfort and protection no matter the activity.
Runners, walkers or cyclists may find themselves always struggling with wind in their hearing aids causing uncomfortable noise. Some hearing aids now have wind-noise management that reduces the effect of the breeze on the device's microphone. At the same time, some aids will have a feature that enables the device to log data that helps it "learn" things like volume control based on your environment. This is ideal for someone who spends a lot of time outside where conditions are not controlled.
Problems with moisture
Another worry for athletic individuals who wear hearing aids is that the device will get damaged by sweat or unexpected rain. The special coating on hearing aids can protect against the elements as well as skin oils, ear wax and salt. This microscopic layer applied to hearing aids is 1/1000 the thickness of human hair and covers the entire device. The polymer layer forms itself around all nooks and crannies so that you have full protection of the exterior and interior of your hearing aids.
However, if you already have hearing aids you may want to consider something like the hearing aid sweat band to protect against moisture. It fits snuggly over behind-the-ear hearing aids to absorb moisture from sweat or the elements.
Technology continues to improve for people with hearing loss who love to swim. Although many devices are considered to be water resistant, waterproof hearing aids are slightly more difficult to come across, so it's best to take your hearing aid out and store it in a safe, dry place.
You don't need a waterproof device to enjoy the great outdoors, as there are several different kinds of accessories for hearing aids that can make your active life easier. If you don't need to have the device in at all times, waterproof armbands are ideal because you will still have it close at hand if you need it.
If you do need to keep your hearing aids on at all times, ear gear that covers the device and protects it against sweat can be a great option.