Playing sports is good for your health and is a good habit to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Can people with hearing loss exercise like everyone else? The answer is not only that they can, but they must! In fact, there are numerous studies that show that playing sports is good for your hearing. However, those who wear hearing aids need to be extra careful in order to avoid loss or damage to their hearing device. In this article, we try to understand the correlation between sports you’re practicing and your hearing ability, how to practice physical activity with a hearing impairment, and how to protect your hearing aids while exercising.
We have already talked about how heart disease can affect your hearing ability and how heart patients are considered at risk of a hearing impairment due to poor blood circulation. Overtime improper bloodflow to the ears can diminish your hearing ability causing a hearing impairment. Just like smokers, heart patients are prone to hearing deficits which is why, in order to prevent onset heart conditions constant, physical activity is a must. Although this rule applies to pretty much everyone, it is a good habit to adopt, especially for those with a hearing impairment.
Those who play team sports know that during a competition or practice, people often prefer to use nonverbal communication to convey a message to their teammates. Why? One, because playing fields are often large and noisy. Two, because players are far apart. Three, because having a secret communication code through which to share game tactics. In these cases, a person with hearing impairment can be a great added value in a team, as no one is more skilled in sign language and gestures. So, if you are thinking about joining a sports team or practicing a sport, below are a few tips to keep in mind when practicing a sport with a hearing impairment:
Some hearing aid models are more suitable than others for use during sports activities. Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are the least suitable during sports, because they have an external tube that sits behind the ear and connects the device to the earpiece, so they tend to be more adversely affected by moisture and are more susceptible to accidental bumps and falls. Hearing aids in the canal (IIC - CIC and ITC) are best for playing sports because they fit snugly inside the ear canal and are more protected from the weather such as wind and rain.
Whichever model is chosen, it is undeniable that those who practice sports need to pay extra attention to the care of their hearing aid. The exposure to abrupt physical movements, sweat, and severe weather conditions may require frequent maintenance or even replacement. Below are a few tips to protect your hearing aid if you play sports:
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