Humidity — Hearing Aid Kryptonite?

Does High Humidity Affect My Hearing Aids?

One of the great things about starting your better-hearing journey is that your world is more enjoyable when you can hear all those sounds you’ve been missing.

That might also mean you’re getting outside more, possibly exposing your hearing devices to humidity. Your hearing aids are tiny computers, and just like with laptops and tablets, moisture can present a challenge.

Humidity

Let’s discuss humidity first. Simply put, humidity is a measurement of the amount of water vapor in the air.

Hot air can hold a lot of water vapor, but cold air cannot. When hot air meets cold air, the drop in temperature means a drop in how much water vapor the air can hold.

Let’s consider a can of soda pop: When humid air makes contact with a cold can of soda pop, the air temperature around the can drops quickly. Any water vapor from the humid air …

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people traveling smart and safe with the right hearing aid for the location

Different Hearing Aid Care for Different Destinations

Protect your tech while on vacation

No part of summer is more exciting than going on vacation! Whether it’s a family trip, a romantic getaway, or a relaxing solo excursion, traveling with hearing aids requires a little extra planning and awareness. To prepare for conditions that may damage or reduce the effectiveness of your technology, research your travel destination ahead of time and bring any concerns you might have to your audiologist’s attention. He or she can then recommend appropriate protection products and best practices for hearing aid care in that particular environment. For inspiration, check out these five excellent vacation spots.

 

Sedona, Arizona

With first-rate resorts, luscious golf courses, proximity to the Grand Canyon, and breathtaking natural scenery of its own, Sedona is quickly becoming a top vacation spot for people of all ages. If you wear hearing aids, you may think that visiting an arid place …

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a family enjoying tv together despite differing levels of hearing ability

TV Watching + Hearing Loss: 5 Tips for a Better Experience

Give Up the Frustration — NOT Your Favorite Shows!

Everybody in your household’s gathered around the television for a treasured weekly ritual — back-to-back shows on Netflix with a side of laughter, popcorn, and cliff-hangers.

But when someone in the group has hearing loss, settling on a volume that keeps everybody happy can be difficult and downright frustrating.

Don’t let it put a damper on the fun! With these five tips for TV watching, you can keep the good times rolling for everyone.

 

Optimize Your TV Audio System

Isn’t muffled dialogue the worst? Sometimes it’s a production’s poor miking or sound mixing. It could be a matter of fine-tuning your TV or audiovisual receiver’s settings — if available on your make and model — for voice clarity. Make sure the settings are optimized for the type of show you’re watching, whether it’s a dialogue-heavy drama, …

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Celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month

5 Ways to Support Your HEARing Health

The whir of a hummingbird. The warning of an approaching ambulance. The round of laughter after your deviously funny — and deftly delivered — wedding toast. That sublime guitar riff or soulful crescendo in your favorite song.

As we celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month in May — and the theme, “Communication for All” — it’s a great time to remember the many ways hearing makes a difference in your life. And to help you maintain those connections that matter, we’re sharing five easy tips for hearing your best.

Know the Signs

More than 466 million children and adults have disabling hearing impairment, according to the World Health Organization, but nearly all hearing loss can be treated. One of the first steps is recognizing the potential signs. If you experience muffled speech sounds, difficulty hearing on the phone or in a crowd, trouble understanding women’s or children’s …

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Technology is expensive — make sure yours is protected

Hearing Aid Safety During Spring Activities

Blooming flowers, warm rains, gentle sun, and nesting birds — May is a beautiful time to get outdoors and enjoy the sounds of spring. Keep your hearing aids at optimal performance by following these tips to ensure you’re getting the most out of Better Hearing Month.  

Swimming

Moisture is the No. 1 cause of hearing aid malfunction. Unless your hearing aids are completely waterproof, take care to remove them before hopping into the pool or enjoying the ocean surf. Storing them in a waterproof container or investing in a drying unit is recommended.  

Exercising

Yep, it’s moisture again! If you’re wearing a BTE or RIC aid, not only can the liquid component of sweat damage your technology, the salt in sweat can be corrosive, causing invisible damage that isn’t immediately apparent, but eventually results in malfunction.  

Wind and Dirt

If you spend time in a dry, …

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