Posted on: 1 March 2017Share
If you're struggling with hearing loss and you frequently play sports, you may fear a hearing aid will affect your ability to stay active. However, if you work with a hearing specialist to select the right kind of hearing device, you should be able to wear your hearing aid at all times, even when playing contact sports. Here are a few things to know about wearing a hearing aid when you're an athlete.
Choose The Ideal Style
There are several styles of hearing aids. Your hearing specialist takes different factors into account when deciding which type is best for you, such as your degree of hearing loss, the type of hearing loss you have, and your preferences. Be sure to let the audiologist know what kind of sports you play regularly because this will help him or her fit the device to your lifestyle. You may find a hearing aid that fits snugly inside your ear is best for certain sports, while one that fits on the outside and clips to your uniform is best if you play contact sports.
Keep The Device Dry
One of the challenges you face is to keep moisture out of the hearing aid when you're sweating or playing sports in the rain. The solution to this is fairly simple if you purchase a waterproof device. These are made specifically for people who participate in sports, even swimming. In addition to the device being waterproof, the way it is constructed makes it dust proof and shockproof too, which is beneficial if you play contact sports. The hearing aid is enclosed in a soft rubber material that makes it comfortable to wear when you're perspiring heavily.
If you choose not to buy a waterproof hearing aid, the alternative is to buy a dehumidifier box for your device. You can clean your hearing aid and place it in the dehumidifier at night to dry out perspiration and moisture.
Think About Safety
When you wear a hearing aid while playing contact sports, you have to consider your safety, the safety of others, and the safety of the device in mind. To protect the device, you can buy an accessory that clips the hearing aid to your shirt so it doesn't get lost or trampled if it is yanked out of your ear. You could also wear headgear that holds the hearing aid in place so it doesn't fall out. The headgear also cushions the device so it doesn't hurt someone else if they fall on you or bump into you. You may also want to buy a sports hearing aid that is made from soft material so you or someone else won't be bruised or scratched by hard plastic when playing contact sports.
The wide range of hearing aids available today makes it possible to find a device that corrects your hearing loss while still allowing you to play sports whether you like to swim or play football. It may take some trial and error and some getting used to, but you'll find wearing a hearing device doesn't interfere with your life like you may have feared. For more information, contact an ENT specialist, like Mark Montgomery MD FACS.