Ultimately, the best style of hearing aids for sports is the style best suited for you and your level of loss. This is because hearing aids are first and foremost medical devices, so they need to work to improve your hearing not just when you are playing sports, but all of the time. Your audiologist considers your lifestyle when helping you select the right hearing aids for your needs. So if you’re an avid runner, cyclist, or rugby player, be sure to communicate that to your audiologist so they can ascertain which hearing aid would be most suitable for you.
Tips for playing sports in hearing aids
To ensure you get the most out of your hearing aids, during and after playing sports, here are our top tips:
Moisture is your hearing aids’ worst enemy, so it’s important that you take the appropriate measures to keep them safe. Avoid wearing them in humid areas like saunas or steam rooms at the gym.
- Clean your hearing aids after use with the provided cleaning kits, and place them in an electronic dry pot such as the PrueDry Lux, or moisture pot to dry out, especially if there’s any residual sweat. Your audiologist will be able to help get you the right cleaning and drying equipment.
- If you participate in any team sports, you should let your teammates know about your hearing aids in case you encounter any issues.
- Whilst not using your hearing aids (e.g. while swimming), place them in the provided storage container, in a safe and secure location.
- After being in the water, ensure your ears are fully dry before reinserting your hearing aids. Use a towel to gently dry the exterior of the ear, avoiding inserting anything into your ear canal.
- If you regularly play sports in certain environments, speak to your audiologist as they’ll be able to help optimise your settings for the best experience.
- Contact your audiologist if you experience any issues with your hearing aids.