If you have hearing loss and enjoy sports, hearing aids are essential. They help you hear your coach or teammates, give you greater situational awareness, and can even support your balance. Still, not all hearing aids are designed to fit into an active lifestyle. If you’re looking for a pair of hearing aids that can keep up with you when playing sports, here are some things to keep in mind.
Protection against debris and moisture
All hearing aids receive an International Protection (IP) code, which indicates how durable they are and how well they stand up to moisture, sweat, and dirt. The first number of the two-digit IP code is a 0 to 6 rating of how the hearing aid protects against dust, while the second is a 0 to 9 scale for moisture protection. If sports are a big part of your life, you’ll want hearing aids rated IP67 or higher, which indicates complete protection against dust and high resistance to sweat.
One of the worst things that can happen when playing sports is for your hearing aid batteries to die right in the middle of a game. You can prevent such instances by getting hearing aids with rechargeable batteries. By placing them in a charger overnight, you can be confident that your hearing aids will stay powered through your sport of choice—whether going for a quick run or playing a double-header.
Whether in a field or on a court, the last thing you want to do is take off your hearing aids to adjust the volume or settings, since you could lose or damage them. With hearing aids that connect to apps on your smartphone, you can easily adjust your devices as needed during a break in the game, without ever touching them or taking them out of your ears.
Focus on what you need to hear
Sports-appropriate hearing aids should allow you to hear teammates, but if riding a bike or playing a sport outside, wind noise can make that difficult. Modern hearing aid technology can suppress wind sounds so that even when passing cars, you can hear others clearly.
Hearing aid accessories support active lifestyles
You’ll also want the appropriate accessories to ensure your hearing aids hold up during the toughest activities. For instance, silicone bands can be placed around your hearing aids to keep the hearing aids in place, while hearing aid clips attach to your shirt collar or glasses to prevent them from falling to the ground if they come loose. Sweat bands are also helpful in keeping your hearing aids in place, while absorbing sweat. And a dehumidifying case or recharger can remove any excess moisture buildup, while keeping your hearing aids safe and protected when not in use.
Playing—and hearing—your best
Hearing is often crucial to many sports, so it’s important to get the right hearing aids that not only help you hear clearly, but can withstand the demands of an active lifestyle. By keeping the above tips in mind, you can find the hearing aids that help you play, no matter your favorite sport.