It can be difficult convincing your child to keep his or her hearing aids on during the cold weather months, but in the summer, it is almost impossible. With your child constantly on the go and looking for adventure, his or hearing aids can be left poolside or be damaged. Here are some tips to get your child and his or her hearing aids safely through the summer.
Switch to Waterproof Hearing Aids
Before the weather heats up, talk to your child’s audiologist about getting a pair of waterproof hearing aids. The hearing aids are specially designed to avoid damage even if your child completely immerses them in the water. There are different levels of water protection to the hearing aids. The audiologist can help you select the right one for the amount of exposure to the water your child will have.
Choose the Right Summer Camp
If your child is heading to summer camp, look for a camp that is specially designed for children with hearing loss. The counselors and other staff are trained to work with children with hearing loss and their medical equipment. Activities are also designed around the special needs that the children have, such as ensuring that the hearing aids are not placed in the water. The camps are not much different from other camps and your child can safely enjoy the activities he or she is accustomed to.
No matter what activity your child is getting into this summer, there is an accessory to help him or her keep track of their hearing aids and wear them comfortably. For instance, you can attach sport clips to the hearing aids to keep them in place while playing games. If your child is being bothered by the sound of wind or rain while outside, there are wind and weather protectors that fit over the hearing aids and help to buffer the sounds.
If your child wears behind-the-ear hearing aids, hearing aid sleeves can help ease some of the discomfort your child might experience while wearing them. The sleeves help to shield the ear and hearing aids from the perspiration and dust that can sometimes cause irritation and might lead your son or daughter to take the aids off.
Talk to an audiologist about having an analysis run, such as a Union Hearing Aid Centre Limited hearing test, to make sure your child has the proper hearing aids, and ask them about other ways you can safeguard your child’s hearing aids for the summer. By preparing now, you can avoid the expense of having to replace them over the summer.