Four Hearing Aid Accessories To Use When Exercising
Wearing hearing aids won't impact your ability to exercise or play any type of sport you enjoy. However, when you have an active lifestyle, it's sensible to take steps to protect your hearing aids from being knocked around during high-impact activities and getting wet and dirty when exercising outdoors.
When moisture from rain or sweat gets into your hearing aids you'll notice moisture droplets in the earmold tubes. This can make sounds seem muffled and you may not be able to pick up loud or high-frequency noises as well as you could before your hearing aids were damaged. Moisture damage can often be repaired, but severe damage will leave you needing to buy new hearing aids. So, it's best to check the range of hearing aids accessories that are available and do what you can to protect your hearing aids. Here's an overview of four accessories that are particularly beneficial when exercising:
Wind And Weather Protectors
Wind and weather protectors prevent moisture and dust from getting into the microphone on your hearing aids. They are small filters that you position on top of the microphone and replace a few times a year to ensure they remain effective. These inexpensive filters are ideal for those who spend a lot of time outdoors.
Fans of high-impact and contact sports will benefit from using sport clips. These small clips are positioned behind your ear and clip onto the ear hooks on your hearing aids. The clips are attached to a necklace, so if your hearing aids are knocked off, you don't have to worry about them landing on the ground, getting muddy or being stood on.
Nylon sleeves are worn over your hearing aids and prevent dust and moisture damage. They can be secured using a clip or tie cord and can be customised. So, if you'd like, your hearing aid sleeves can be made to match your team strip. Hearing aid sleeves are acoustically transparent, so you won't experience any muffling of sound when you use them.
Sweatbands cover your hearing aids in the same way sleeves do, but they are not acoustically transparent, so you will experience a degree of sound muffling when using them. However, they are made with a highly absorbent material and are ideal for high-intensity exercise and for those who sweat easily.
You can see and try out a range of hearing aid accessories when you visit your hearing nurse or audiologist. Let them know what type of exercise you do and they'll help you select accessories that complement your lifestyle.