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Using your hearing aids while playing sport

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Suffering from hearing loss will undoubtedly affect some parts of your live in a way, that is pretty much a given.

However, it doesn't have to damage taking part in sport and physical activity. Playing sport and participating in exercise can still be achieved even with a hearing aid.

Provided you take a little bit of extra care prior to playing and exercising, you can carry on enjoying whatever you have done previously.

When it comes to swimming, or water sports for the more adventurous among you, there are some things to bear in mind for hearing aid users.

Obviously water can be damaging for many hearing aids, as you may expect, that's why many people often employ tactics to protect their devices if they aren't waterproof.

One way is to use what is essentially a purpose-built sweatband that you wear around your head to keep moisture away from the device while there is also lip reading, instructions written on whiteboards or visual signalling devices such as strobe lights or flags.

However, as mentioned, there are completely waterproof products on the market such as the Siemens Aquaris, which is completely waterproof and IP57 certified.

There are also a number of Phonak hearing aids that are waterproof too meaning that you can enjoy swimming without worry.

It also means that sweat won't damage your hearing aid either, so you can enjoy your walks and runs too. 

For more specialist activities, such as scuba-diving for instance, it's always best to read the advice of the manufacturer to ensure you aren't potentially causing damage to yourself.

Of course, for any fears you may have about how hearing aid may affect an active lifestyle or any other part of your day-to-day activities, you only need to ask.

Simply speak to us during an appointment and we'll be able to offer you the best advice to help you cope with hearing aids

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