In most places, summer means warmer temperatures and, as often as not, higher humidity. This brings some issues for the users of hearing aids. These issues are mostly about moisture and the (bad) things it can do to your hearing aid.

Though it should be noted that excessive moisture in the ear canal could also cause problems for you, namely providing a good growth environment for bacteria, germs, and fungi. An ear infection isn’t anyone’s idea of summer fun.

The regularly cleaning of hearing aids is crucial in moist environments. And at the end of the day you should at least wipe the unit with a tissue, then with a non-alcohol base wipe that will help disinfect it, and finally store it in its case. If you have a dryer or dehumidifier, then, by all means, use it.

All of the above is especially true if you’re spending time near the ocean. Saltwater leaves crystals behind when it dries that can cause significant damage to hearing aids. Be very careful about exposing your hearing aid ocean water.

While we’re on the subject, sand isn’t too great for hearing aids either. So, if you’re going to around an ocean and its beaches, then take extra care cleaning your hearing aid. Also, consider neoprene sleeves or other add-on products that will help protect it from moisture and other problems.

And be careful cleaning your ears too. Abrasions to the skin of your inner caused by any grit or rough treatment — from cue-tips or fingers that might have some sand on them — can create areas where bacteria, germs, and fungi can thrive.