Do You Wear Your Hearing Aids While Playing Sports? (you should!!)

I am a big fan of getting out and moving. It’s great for the body, and great for the mind. But, it raises the question: Is it OK to use your hearing aids while working out?

The answer is, for the most part, YES. Here are a few reasons why:

  • If you are playing a team sport, quick and accurate communication among players and with the coach is imperative. You need to know what’s going on accurately and immediately.
  • If you are out for a jog on your own, you are safer when accurately tuned in to your environment.
  • Music motivates us, and the rhythm keeps us going. With many hearing aids, music can be streamed directly from your phone to you hearing aids. If you are like me, music makes exercise more enjoyable. Your hearing aids become personal headsets. (Just don’t turn that music up too loud!)

So, how do you use your hearing aids and also protect them from damage?

  • Moisture (sweat) is the main cause of problems, especially for devices that sit behind your ear. Try a sweat band, or a sweat resistant pouch over the instrument to prevent water from getting into the electronics. Happily, these days hearing aids are “nano-coated” to help manage moisture.
  • If you play active sports such as basketball, consider a clip attaching the hearing to your clothing, so if a rough play dislodges the aid, it doesn’t fall all the way to the ground.
  • After playing, check the devices for wax and debris; use your cleaning tools and air puff (compressed air “duster”) to be sure they are clean and dry. Consider investing in a drying pouch or better yet, an electronic drying box.

Remember your hearing aids are just another piece of sports equipment to help you play your very best. At McGuire’s Hearing Centers we want to be sure you are equipped for whatever you do – whether it is a leisurely walk or a marathon! Be sure to tell us about your lifestyle so we can address your specific needs.