Have you been diagnosed with hearing loss? Millions of Americans of all ages and from all walks of life have. If you think that diagnosis means giving up your favorite outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, outdoor sports, rock climbing, and kayaking think again. Every year millions of Americans head out into the great outdoors, and hearing loss doesn’t have to prevent you from being one of them.
Research is now highlighting just how powerful being out in nature can be for health. Whether it’s a simple walk through a green area in your city or a day biking the trails in a National Forest. Benefits include reduced risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, stress, and high blood pressure.
Whatever your passion, all it takes is the right equipment. Following these tips to get out there with hearing loss by selecting the best hearing aids to support your outdoor hobbies could just be one of the best things you do for your health!
Choosing the right hearing aid
When it comes to choosing the right hearing aid for you, an open conversation with your hearing healthcare provider is always the best place to start. Working with your provider, you’ll determine your needs and what features or styles would be best.
To find the best option for your outdoor-focused hobbies, you’ll want to discuss more than just the standards of whether or not a hearing aid will connect with your phone or help you hear better in a restaurant. Include these topics as part of your conversation:
Planned use – While the average person with hearing loss may be interested in how a hearing aid will help them do their job or hear their family better, you may need more from your device if you’re an outdoor enthusiast. Discuss your preferred outdoor hobbies with your hearing healthcare practitioner. A hearing aid that works for comfortably watching tennis from the stands may not work for regular weekend back-packing. Discuss what you need from fit and function to feel comfortable and confident in your outdoor pursuits.
Available accessories – Go over accessories that may work together with your hearing aid to give you optimal performance. Hearing aid clips can help keep hearing aids secure during strenuous activities. Dehumidifiers and drying boxes can help remove moisture from sweat or water activities to keep hearing aids clean, dry and functioning correctly.
How durable is the hearing aid? – There are so many options out there when it comes to hearing aids, be sure to invest in one that will keep going with you and your hobbies for a long time to come. Look for options designed to last through falls and regular moisture that also include the high-tech features you need for your adventures.
Your hearing healthcare professional is trained to help you navigate the wide variety of hearing aids out there.
Don’t let the loss of hearing keep you from the outdoor activities you enjoy. Head out into nature today and reap the rewards!
If you’d like to learn more about the best hearing aids for outdoor activities, schedule an appointment with our office today.