I posted the following question to my Facebook friends: "When you exercise or work outside, do you keep your hearing aids or cochlear implants on---or remove them?"
Some folks I know have moisture problems with their hearing aids when they sweat, so I was curious if others had the same problem. Here are some of the responses I received:
"I do not wear them. In high school sometimes I forgot when I was in cross country, and I had to take them out while running (sweat) and hand them to my dad." -David
"I wear my CIs when I exercise, pursuant to my audiologist's assurance that they'd be fine." -Lori
"I have to wear my ha's so I can hear others while playing tennis. I notice when I do not wear them I retreat inwards and ignore what's going on around me. I surely don't want to do that!" -Tina
"I take my BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid) off at the gym and just remind everyone I see. When I bike or run
outside, I have to be really careful as I can't hear the people coming up behind me. Biking is the worst and I was thinking of getting a rear view mirror so I can see behind me. So many times they come up behind and yell "passing on the
left" expecting you to move over and it can get kind of dangerous if you don't hear them. I've had some close calls. I'm fortunate that I have one better side." -LeAnn
"I take off my aids so I can wear my iPod ear plugs (LOl...nice and loud while I work out!)" -Allison
"I still wear hearing aids, and I use "Sweat Band" to put on my hearing aids so it keep the aids dry when I sweat. I like them." -David
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Shanna Groves was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss after the birth of her first child. She was 27. Raised in a hearing family, Shanna traces her hearing loss to a genetic loss on the paternal side of her family. She is mom to three young children, a published author, and speaker. Her books are featured at www.ShannaGroves.com. Shanna blogs about being a hard of hearing mom at http://LipreadingMom.com.