According to a study published in the International Journal of Audiology, “Age-related hearing loss is an increasingly important public health problem affecting approximately 40% of 55–74 year olds. The primary clinical management intervention for people with hearing loss is hearing aids, however, the majority (80%) of adults aged 55–74 years who would benefit from a hearing aid, do not use them. Furthermore, many people given a hearing aid do not wear it.”
If you’re not wearing your hearing aids, it’s important to get to the bottom of why. For many people, they fear their active lifestyle will cause them to lose or damage their hearing aids. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this from happening. We review tips for using hearing aids with an active lifestyle below.
Buy a Hearing Aid Cover
Hearing aid covers come in a variety of materials, such as the same as what sweatbands are made out of, as well as water-resistant spandex. While none of these covers are totally waterproof, they’ll protect your hearing aids while you’re working out or when you’re out hiking the Blue Gravel Mine Trail in Redding. They’ll also protect them from dirt if you prefer other outdoor activities or work in an industry that causes you to get dirty.
Purchase a Hearing Aid Lanyard
If you do higher-impact activities and you’re worried about your hearing aids falling out of your ears, you can also purchase a hearing aid lanyard. These are essentially corded clips that attach your hearing aids to your clothing. This way, if they fall out, they’ll still be attached to your person, and you don’t have to worry about them getting lost or stepped on.
Invest in the Right Hearing Aids
If you live an active lifestyle, it’s important that you communicate this with your audiologist. They will then be able to prescribe the right hearing aid for you. For example, some hearing aid models have higher IP ratings and can withstand more exposure to dust and dirt than others. There are even rumors that there will be a waterproof hearing aid coming on the market soon. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Audiology Associates of Redding today.