Getting regular physical activity is one of the most essential keys to staying healthy and improving your quality of life. It’s recommended that adults over the age of 18 get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity.
You can do this in a variety of ways, whether it’s yoga, taking regular walks through your neighborhood, or even joining an intramural sports league through Lexington Sports & Social Club.
If you love playing sports but have hearing loss, you may be wondering if you can wear your hearing aids while playing for your team. The answer is not only can you but you absolutely should!
Let’s go over why it’s essential to wear your hearing aids when you play sports as well as how to keep your device safe.
Why Hearing Aids are Important When Playing Sports
Hearing aids make it easier to process sounds around you, which is very important when playing sports. You need to be able to communicate with your teammates, hear any instructions from your coach, as well as any whistles or buzzers that might be used during the game. Additionally, hearing aids help you navigate your surroundings and make it less likely that you feel disoriented or off balance due to your hearing loss.
Protecting Your Hearing Aids
While it’s important to use your hearing aids during sports, it’s equally important to make sure you protect your device both during and after a competition. Some things to keep in mind include:
- Wearing a helmet or some other type of protective headgear that keeps your hearing aids safe if you play a contact sport
- Using hearing aid clips that you can attach to your shirt or jersey to ensure that if your hearing aid falls out, it won’t hit the ground and potentially get stepped on
- Wearing headbands to keep your hearing aids in place and sweatbands to prevent excess moisture from building up on your device
- After the game, make sure to take your hearing aids out when you shower
- Wipe them off and place them in a cool, dry container or, even better, use a drying box to help remove sweat and bacteria from your hearing aid
If you have additional questions about wearing hearing aids and playing sports or need to make an appointment with one of our specialists, call The Hearing & Speech Center today.