For many people, this is their favorite time of the year, spring has sprung, and summer is just around the corner. And best of all, gardening is one of the few hobbies that cater to social. Time to clean up the yard, plant flowers, and start digging in the garden. Unfortunately, the mix of dirt and perspiration is not a great combination for people who ear hearing aids. If you wear hearing aids, there are a few precautions you should take to avoid damaging your hearing and your hearing aids.
Tips for gardening with hearing aids
- If you plan to use power tools or equipment that are loud, remove your hearing aids and use hearing protection. You already have hearing loss; additional exposure to loud sounds can cause a further decline of your hearing.
- Too much dirt and sweat are not suitable for your hearing aids. Use caution when gardening and wearing your hearing aids. If there is too much dirt, dust, and moisture in the air, remove your hearing aids and place them in your case.
- Moisture and hearing aids don’t mix well. If you’ve been outside and have been perspiring excessively, give your hearing aids a rest in a dri-aid kit for a short period of time. A dri-aid kit is designed to draw moisture out of the hearing aid. It can help to extend the life of your hearing aid by lessening problems caused by moisture building up in the hearing aid. Contact our office for information about obtaining a dri-aid kit if you don’t already have one.
Enjoy the beautiful weather and enjoy being outside. You rely on your hearing aids to connect you to those around you. It makes sense to take a few precautionary steps to ensure your hearing aids can keep doing just that!