With hot and humid weather just around the corner, make sure your BTE wearing patients protect their devices from excessive perspiration and/or moisture build-up during the summer months. Three basic products to keep in mind to use while wearing their hearing instruments include Super Seals, Hearing Aid Sweat Band, and Ear Gear.
Super Seals are cosmetically appealing, thin latex covers placed over the body of the BTE, providing an effective, inexpensive barrier against moisture and dust. Starter packs come with 12 Super Seals and a spreader tool to put the covering on the BTE. Refill packs come packaged with 12 Super Seals only. This product is available in a variety of colors (beige, blue, brown, neutral, pink or an assortment pack) and sizes (large, standard and mini) to meet the various needs of your patients.
An alternative to Super Seals is the Hearing Aid Sweat Band. This product resembles a mesh sock comprised of unique and intricate material with robust moisture protection properties; you can actually put the Hearing Aid Sweat Band on a BTE and dip the portion of the BTE covered by the material in water. In this instance, the Hearing Aid Sweat Band will become wet but the hearing instrument will stay dry. While not as cosmetically appealing as the Super Seals, the Hearing Aid Sweat Band is ideal for BTE users involved in vigorous activities (i.e. running, working out in the gym, etc.) that induce vigorous perspiration. Various colors and sizes are available.
Finally, don’t forget about Ear Gear! Ear Gear is a colorful spandex boot that covers the BTE, protecting the instrument from moisture. It is available in cordless and corded versions, with the corded version providing the added benefit of serving as a retainer system. This product is available in a variety of models including original, FM, Mini (square, curved or micro) as well as Baha, cochlear, and ITE versions. The color selection is endless including basic colors such as black, gray, and beige and more vibrant colors or patterns including camouflage, lipstick pink and red/orange pattern. Browse the online Oaktree Products catalog at www.oaktreeproducts.com for a closer look!