Having Fun in the Sun with Hearing Aids

by Lindsay B. Robinson, HIA Program Coordinator

April 17, 2024


Warm weather is finally sweeping across the U.S., and many of us have or are beginning to make plans for outdoor adventures and trips. Wearing hearing aids does require some extra considerations while traveling or adventuring, but technology is your key to a successful, fun, and memorable excursion. To ensure you aren’t left with any malfunctions this season, remember the following safeguards:


Safety in the Sun

Sunscreen is vital for staying safe and comfortable during long periods outdoors. However, its use can cause unique challenges for those wearing hearing aids. Creams and oils may seep into the device, potentially causing damage to critical components like microphones, ports, or vents. To avoid this risk, remove your hearing aid before applying sunscreen, ensuring minimal contact with creams. This precaution helps safeguard your device, ensuring uninterrupted enjoyment of your adventures.


H2O Precautions

Taking care of your hearing aids in heat and humidity is crucial to ensuring they last for a long time. Storing them in a case or dehumidifying cannister when not in use can prevent moisture buildup and potential damage. Additionally, removing your hearing aids during exercise in hot weather can help you avoid some sticky (or sweaty) situations with your delicate technology.


Protect Your Hearing Health

When exposed to loud noises, whether at live events or listening to music while walking or jogging, it's essential to protect your hearing. Lowering the volume on your headphones or using noise protection like earmolds or earplugs can help reduce the risk of hearing damage or additional hearing loss. Enjoying entertainment while protecting your hearing health is possible, and will allow you to enjoy music and live shows with healthy hearing for a long time.


Arrive Prepared

When hitting the road or skies, the last thing you want is to be delayed by is a dead hearing aid battery. Avoid disruptions by stocking up on spare batteries before taking off. It’s also wise to bring extra domes, filters, and your cleaning kit in case of emergency.


To learn more facts about hearing health and hearing aid technology or to consult with a hearing care professional, visit

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