Camping somewhere like Rancheros de Santa Fe isn’t just fun; research shows it actually benefits your physical and mental health. According to one study, spending time outdoors is linked to increased cognition and better mood. However, if you have hearing loss, you may need to take some extra steps in order to benefit from this activity. Below we provide tips for getting the most out of your camping trip.
Have a Dry Spot for Your Hearing Aids
The last thing you want is for your tent and sleeping bag to get wet, but perhaps even more disastrous is if your hearing aids become infiltrated with moisture. Hearing aids contain intricate, delicate technology, and not even hearing aids with Nano-coating are fully waterproof. To protect your devices, all you really need is a good quality zip-lock bag.
Pack Cleaning Tools
Most people expect to get dirty when they go camping, but one thing you should be sure to keep clean is your hearing aids. To prevent damage and blockages, pack your cleaning kit and use it at the end of each day.
Beware of Sunlight
Excessive heat and direct sunlight are another source of damage to hearing aids. When you’re not wearing your hearing aids, store them somewhere shady and cool. If you’re wearing them, also wear a wide-brimmed hat.
Bring a Good Light Source
Visual cues are key to communicating if you have hearing loss. Be sure to pack a good flashlight and lantern so that you can lipread at night after you take your hearing aids out.
Rely on Other Senses
If your hearing loss prevents you from hearing a nearby animal, use your sight and smell to look for tracks and feces to alert you if something is near.
Let Others Know Where You Are
This is good practice for any camper, whether you have hearing loss or not. Be sure to let someone who’s not in your party know exactly where you’re going, how long you’ll be there and when they can expect to hear from you. Do not rely on having cell service to communicate this information.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call Southwestern Hearing & Balance today.