Don't sweat the small stuff - that is an idiom that many deaf/hh kids don't understand. It means don't worry about little things. Idioms are very hard for kids with hearing loss, because they are literal. In their mind, they see someone sweating over little issues. Well, in this case, they are sort of right.
This time of year, it is important to pay attention to sweat. Kids with hearing loss need to be especially careful with sweat. When kids are super-hot and active, they sweat and their hearing aids can be affected. The sweat from their hair near their ears drips onto their hearing aids. It can get collected in the ear tube and get bubbles in there. Many families get dry aid kits for their children's aids. You put the hearing aid in the dry aid overnight and the kit sucks out the moisture. It is one more step now to do, but it will prevent issues from coming down the line. You also can purchase a snug fitting "sock" that goes over behind the ear part of the hearing aid. This protects it from sweat.
Please be aware of sweat, whatever you decide to do. Use your tools that came with the aid to blow water/bubbles out of the tube. Keep hearing aids off when swimming or in a rainstorm. If you want to have your child wear the aids to the pool, be sure to bring a case to put them in. These few simple precautions can mean the world of difference for your child and his/her hearing aids!
Bring on summer and the heat, now that you are well prepared!
Allison Schley has been in the field of deaf and hard of hearing education for 20 years. She founded a nonprofit for families with hearing loss. She most recently wrote a children's book, entitled Forever Friends. This book shows the how a deaf dog and deaf boy teach the world that all kids are good and being deaf is okay.