Getting regular physical activity is crucial to our overall health, as is treating hearing loss.
If you have hearing aids, you might wonder whether or not you should keep them in while exercising. The answer? Absolutely!
Let’s examine why it’s important to wear your hearing aids while getting physical activity, as well as how to ensure your device stays clean and safe.
Why You Should Wear Your Hearing Aids During Exercise
Hearing aids are an essential tool for people with hearing loss. It’s why the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders states that 28.8 million Americans could benefit from using hearing aids.
To get the most out of your device, you should wear your hearing aids during all waking hours, apart from those when you are showering or swimming. This means wearing your hearing aids when exercising as well.
Hearing aids help you feel more oriented and secure in your surroundings and may even help to improve your balance. Additionally, they make it easier to hear what your yoga instructor is saying or converse with your walking buddy when out at Dean Park.
If your idea of a good workout is putting on your headphones and going on a jog or lifting weights, hearing aids can help you out there as well. Many of today’s models have Bluetooth® capabilities, which allow you to stream music directly from your smartphone into your hearing aids.
Lastly, hearing aids help you stay safe by making it easier to hear noises like oncoming traffic or sirens from an emergency vehicle if you’re cycling or participating in other similar outdoor activities.
Take Care of Your Hearing Aids During and After Physical Activity
While it’s essential to wear your hearing aids when working out, it’s equally important to care for them both during and after so they continue to work their best. You can do this by:
- Using a hearing aid cord or clip to prevent them from falling out and potentially being stepped on while you are exercising.
- Using a hearing aid sleeve or sweatband to help minimize the amount of moisture your device is exposed to as your body sweats more.
- Take your hearing aids out and wipe them off after you exercise. Leave them out if you’re going to shower right after, and make sure to dry your ears thoroughly before putting them back in.
- Sticking to a nightly hearing aid cleaning routine to avoid the buildup of sweat, earwax and other debris.
- Investing in a hearing aid drying box or dehumidifier to help keep your device safe and dry while you sleep.
To learn more about hearing aid benefits and options, call the experts at ENT Specialists Of Northern Virginia today.