(BPT) – Summer is the season of hot weather, outdoor activities, vacations and other conditions that in the past posed a threat to people who wear hearing aids. Extreme humidity, sweat, rain and the occasional splash were threatening to the devices’ tiny electronic components. Carrying extra batteries everywhere and worrying about the last time you changed them was a chore. Staying connected and hearing your best in virtually any summer environment wasn’t always possible.
Fortunately, hearing aid technology has come a long way, and the latest advances mean hearing aids can now be worn with ease during the summertime.
“The purpose of hearing aids is to connect people who are hard of hearing to their world of sound. That shouldn’t be limited by the season of the year, connectivity to technology, or sound quality,” says Bill Dickinson, vice president of Audiology at Phonak.
As hearing aid technology advances, doors of opportunity to more sound environments are opened for the hearing aid wearer.
Below are some new features to help hearing aid wearers take on the summer.
Water resistant and dust proof
Various hearing aids have an IP68 rating, meaning they are water resistant and dust tight. A common cause of worn-out hearing aids is from water or dust damage. The IP68 rating prevents those factors from ruining the hearing aid and protects the wearer from damaging their hearing aids. This feature can be especially helpful during the summer; for example, if you were to be hit by a surprise thunderstorm outside, accidentally splashed by water while enjoying summer activities, or relaxing on vacation in a humid climate.
No more batteries
Many vacations also occur during the summer. There are many accessories that come with traveling with hearing aids, including a case, batteries, drying kit and cleaner. With rechargeable technology, traveling with hearing aids is simple. Your charger, cleaning tool and drying kit are combined into one charger case that can hold up to seven charges. You can save space and travel lighter with rechargeable technology.
Stay connected to your technology in your favorite summer spots. Talk on the phone while enjoying the sunshine, listen to your favorite music beachside and easily answer a phone call with the click of a button. Hearing accessories make it easy to enjoy moments while staying connected to your devices through your hearing aids.
Summertime can lead the hearing aid wearer to a variety of listening environments. It is the season of outdoor events such as festivals and sport activities, or it could be a combination of transitioning from inside to outside at a wedding or the zoo. It is important that the wearer can hear good-quality sound regardless of where they are. Hearing aids are equipped with automatic hearing technology that switches programs depending on the environment the hearing aids are in. It allows the hearing aid wearer to be adaptable to any environment they may find themselves in.
For more information on hearing aid technology and to find a provider, visit www.phonak.com.