Playing Sports with Hearing Aids
Being a hearing aid wearer does not mean that you can’t live and enjoy an active, healthy, and fulfilling lifestyle.
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.
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