This March Madness is full of Hearing Tips! Maybe it is due to the clocks going back an hour, or spring starting, or the basketball tournament that takes over all of the sports world, but what March does not have to change is your lifestyle with hearing aids. With getting more time of daytime, you automatically want to spend more time outside.

Here are some march madness hearing tips from major hearing aid manufacturer, Widex.

Wearing your hearing aids during exercise:

  • Newer hearing aid models are equipped to withstand sweat, so wear them when you exercise.
  • Newer hearing aid models also allow you to connect to your phone, so you can listen to music or podcasts through your hearing aids.
  • It is safer because it allows you to hear and know what is going on around you.

Protecting your hearing aids while you exercise:

  • ·The easiest way to protect your hearing aids from sweat and other accidents that could happen to them while exercising are to get the appropriate accessories. You can wear a sweat band to reduce the amount of sweat that reaches your hearing aids, a clip that attaches to your clothes and hearing aids, or you can wear clothes that do not irk your hearing aids, like shirts without hoods.

Protecting your hearing aids after exercising:

  • The most important part of wearing your hearing aids while exercising is what you do with them after you are done exercising!
  • You need to properly clean your hearing aids after each time your exercise.
  • You need to remove earwax, moisture, and anything out of the norm that you see.
  • You could also buy a dry box, which can effectively remove moisture.

Since we are on the topic of exercising, let’s talk about some athletes who have excelled at their sports despite having hearing difficulties.

  • Ashley Fiolek: was born deaf. She is the 4-time winner of the Women’s Motocross (WMX) Championship: 2008. 2009, 2011, and 2012.
  • Marcus Titus: was a U.S. swimmer. He did not make it to the Olympics, but made it to 6th is the Olympic trials for Rio 2012.
  • Lance Allred: is noted as the first legally deaf person in the NBA.
  • Curtis Pride: is noted as the first deaf player in the MLB. He played for over 20 years on many teams including the Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, and the New York Yankees. Now, at 50 years old Pride coaches the Baseball team at Gallaudet.

It is possible to wear your hearing aids and stay active! With these tips and athletes as inspiration make the most of your March Madness!