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Wearing hearing aids while exercising

What you need to know

Can I exercise with hearing aids?

Having hearing aids doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. Modern hearing aids are designed to suit your life, including sport and exercise too. Certain hearing aid styles, like completely in the ear models, can be more resistant to sweat as they sit inside the ear canal.

There are also hearing aid accessories to help your hearing aids when playing sports or exercising.  


It’s important to remember that these devices, while very strong and robust, do need some simple care to ensure their longevity.

Can I go to the gym with hearing aids?

Yes, you can if the design is completely in the ear. When you’re running and exercising, remember to wipe any moisture away at the end. This stops any bacteria from growing on the device.

Remember to take your hearing aids out if you are going swimming.

Why wear hearing aids while exercising?

Although you do need to take care of your hearing aids while exercising or playing sports, there are a couple of good reasons to keep them in while you work out.

Ensuring you can communicate if needed

If you’re playing a team sport, receiving one-on-one coaching or simply heading to the gym with friends, being able to hear others and communicate effectively is important. Without your hearing aids, you might miss key instructions or may not be able to hear your teammates or friends if there is a lot of background noise. Exercising can be a social event in its own right and hearing aids help to ensure that you can make the most of every training session.

Contributing to your personal safety

If you like to go for a run, can’t pass up a scenic bike ride or love taking part in other fun outdoor sports, wearing your hearing aids as you exercise can help to keep you safe. If you choose to exercise without your hearing aids, you may not be able to hear approaching cars, the sirens of emergency vehicles or other hazards that may surround you. Being completely aware of your surroundings can help you identify any potential hazards and take actions to ensure your safety.

Store in a safe place

If you do take your hearing aids out, make sure you store them in a place that is safe or clip them to your clothing. Additional hearing aid accessories can assist with this.

Post-workout care

To ensure that your hearing aids are kept in their best possible shape, it's important to set aside some time to look after them after you finish working out.

You routine doesn’t need to be incredibly complicated, but there are a few key steps that you can follow to maintain your hearing aids:

  1. Wipe any moisture away from your hearing aids after you’ve finished your workout to prevent bacterial growth.
  2. Shower before reinserting your hearing aids to stop them from coming into contact with residual sweat.
  3. Remove any earwax or debris that may have built up.
  4. Give your hearing aids time to dry out after a particularly sweaty session.
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If in doubt, check with your audiologist

Our audiologists and audiometrists know the best ways to manage your hearing aids from experience. We are here to support you, so do not hesitate to call your local clinic for advice if you are unsure.

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