Hearing Protection and Optimization
It takes time to adapt to hearing aids. Most users are able to quickly adjust to the devices while at home or on the job. To get the most benefits from your hearing aids in other environments, like being out in the woods and hiking, you need to take protection and optimization into consideration.
1. Protect Your Hearing Aids During Your Hike
When you hike, you also sweat. If you excessively sweat, while hiking or engaging in other outdoor activities, it might be a good idea to select a smaller hearing device that does not have too much contact with your skin. You could wear a separate sweatband to absorb excess perspiration while giving you an additional layer between your skin and hearing aids. There is also the option of Starkey’s Livio AI hearing aids, which feature Surface™ NanoShield. This feature repels water, wax and moisture, which helps protect the hearing aids while keeping them durable.
2. Worried About Losing Your Hearing Aids?
Losing your hearing aids while out hiking is a common concern. You can use a clip and a cord that fastens your hearing device onto your shirt. If it falls off, it would simply hang off of your shirt. You can also use the “Find My Hearing Aids” feature through the TruLink Hearing Control app. This feature will only work if your smartphone, hearing aid batteries, or rechargeable hearing aids, still have power.
3. Set up Your Hearing Aids for Hiking
Most hearing aids let users switch settings for indoor and outdoor environments. Some users discovered that turning up the microphone and turning down the noise reduction, provides pleasant experiences while hiking. Users may need to adjust and readjust the devices to their personal preferences for each individual trail. If you are having problems with getting the right setting, seek guidance from your hearing instrument specialist.
If you are hiking with someone, miscommunications might occur. To help with this issue, your hiking partner can wear a lapel microphone that connects to your hearing aids. If you are going to walk in front during a group hike, ask your hearing instrument specialist to point the microphone behind you. You may encounter windy environments, which can make hearing difficult. Ask your hearing instrument specialist to program a setting for windy settings.
If you, or a loved one, are a hiker who needs hearing aids or needs hearing aids programmed by a professional, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a consultation.
Please be aware that Pure Sound services will only be available by appointment and for essential visits at this time. Essential visits include all appointments that require new hearing aid fittings, repairs and re-fittings. We ask that you please wait in your car, while wearing your mask, and place your hearing aids in a clean zip lock bag. We will come to your car to get them. If you are having any issues with your hearing aids, or need supplies for your hearing aids, please call us before visiting one of our offices.