Contributed by Debbie Clason, staff writer, Healthy Hearing
If you don’t wear your hearing aids when you’re playing your favorite sport or working out at the gym, maybe you should reconsider.
Today’s hearing aids are more robust and resistant to dust and moisture than they used to be. With a little care and preparation, there’s no reason you can’t wear them during workouts and competition. Here’s why:
The SafeLine (sold by Oticon) keeps your hearing
One of the best ways to feel comfortable wearing your hearing aids during physical activity is to be prepared. Here’s a list of some of the gear to have on hand:
Hearing aids will last longer and work more effectively if you give them the same kind of post-workout care you give the rest of your sporting gear.
A study conducted by Hear the World Foundation revealed that 70 percent of hearing aid wearers say they wear their devices during sporting activities without a problem. And, 37 percent of users say wearing hearing aids makes sports more enjoyable. If wearing your hearing aids during recreation can improve your safety and personal enjoyment, maybe this is the time to give it a try.
If you have specific questions about wearing your hearing aids during your favorite sports or hobbies, your hearing care professional can help. They will also show you the best way to keep your hearing aids in top shape, no matter what activities you enjoy.
Gyms are notorious for cranking up the music, but this can cause hearing damage and tinnitus. So can the loud smashing of weights or holding your breath while heavy lifting. Talk to your hearing provider about how to balance your hearing loss with the hidden hearing hazards. You can even get a special hearing aid setting for exercise at the gym, depending on what your needs are.
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