Playing Sports with Hearing Aids

You are still able to do a lot of activities. You can drive. You can do yoga. You can even win a beauty contest just like how the crowned title-holder at the Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant back in 2013, Miss Chui Yee Shia, did. In fact, one thing that you can still do is play sports.

One may think that playing sports while wearing hearing aids poses difficulty because of the constant movement. In those instances, the hearing aid may be put at risk. What can you do to ensure that playing sports can still be done in a safe manner? Here are some tips you can take.

1. Know what type of sport you want to play

The type of hearing aid that you will use will depend on the type of sport that you will play. There are different kinds of hearing aids and you can use their differences to your advantage. For example, inside-the-ear hearing aids are more protected from external elements such as wind and rain, while behind-the-ear ones can be more secured to one’s clothing to prevent accidental falling. Inform your ear specialist about the sport that you are planning to take, so that adjustments can be made.

2. Protect your hearing aid

Swimming is one of the major sports that allows you to be in contact with water. If you are going to be using hearing aids while swimming, make sure that they are water-resistant, so that you won’t break them, as the moisture may destroy the insides of the device. Lucky for you, Listening Lab’s current range of devices are IP68 waterproof rated. This is the same as today’s smartphones so you can submerge your device underwater for a period of time and it would still survive!

Another element that you may want to be conscious of is sweat. This, like water, may get into your device and destroy it. It’s suggested that you get a sweat band or cord to keep perspiration and moisture away from your device. Not only that but this secures the device to your clothing, protecting it against falls.

3. Inform the people around you

Your coach, teammates, and referees need to be informed about your condition. But most importantly, they need to know if you are going to be wearing your device or not. Games usually rely on sounds such as a bell or a whistle to give signals and warnings to the players on the field.

4. Know the umpire or referee hand signals

There are several sports now that have incorporated sign language and hand signals in the gaming system. For example, a volleyball umpire may do a certain gesture to indicate that the ball is outside. A coach may form the letter “T” to inform that they want a timeout.

5. Be attentive to visual cues

While hearing is very essential in the game, vision is also just as important. Look at your surroundings for cues such as a sign board for the scores and lights to indicate the start, break, or end of a game. This will help you keep up with the game.

May these tips be something of good use for you if ever you are thinking about trying a new sport! Head here to browse our hearing aids that are fit for active wearers.

About The Listening Lab

Listening Lab is a home-grown company whose mission is to help our clients restore their hearing to enjoy the life that they desire. Experiencing hearing loss can be detrimental to one’s quality of life. Hence we commit to providing high-quality hearing solutions.

Our hearing solutions include hearing tests and treatment and prescribing hearing aids. Clients may come to get their hearing checked, and we will assess whether hearing aids are required.

If hearing aids are required, clients can choose from a variety of the best hearing aid brands we provide. Each of the products offers unique features that complement daily use and perform well in helping our clients enjoy the life that they desire.

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I started experiencing loss of hearing sometimes in 2010 (41 years old) owing to some medical issue. I was having difficulties hearing conservation especially in meeting. Thus, giving me the fear in attending meeting.

Initially I started with Phonak hearing aid. It helps amplified the sound and I could hear better then. Somehow, my hearing loss deteriorated further that in late 2012 (43 years old), there was profound loss of hearing on my right ear. Even digital hearing aid could not help. On my left ear there is still about 50% to 60% hearing with hearing aid. I was lost at this point of time. I was considering learning sign language. I went to see my ENT specialist and my audiologist Mr. Bala advised me to go for an CI as an alternative to my hearing loss.

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My mum, Madam Kek (73 year old) had the Cochlear implant (CI) done on her left side in 10th September 2019. Thereafter, thanks to the subsequent auditory verbal therapy, evaluation from SGH ENT team, as well as, the support from AB's and Listening Lab staffs; Madam Kek was able to hear, comprehend sound and music from her Cochlear implant, Naida CI Q90, and hearing aid (HA), Naida Link UP, for her right side before end year. We are happy that both the CI and HA have improved mum qualify of life. Now Madam Kek is looking forward to work again to pass her time as she can hear and better communicate with others.
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