Hearing the news that you need to wear hearing aids is hard for anyone to absorb, but especially for those who think hearing aids will hinder them from enjoying the hobbies and activities they love the most. If you’re an active person – or even an athlete – you’ll be relieved to know that today’s hearing aids are designed with built-in and optional features designed for the active individual.

Here’s how they can help you deal with the most common concerns.

1. Wind and environmental interference

Wind resistance and other sounds in nature can be problematic for active people who wear hearing aids when they’re picked up by the microphone, making it difficult to hear anything else. Today’s hearing aids have programs and features that can help with this common problem. Some devices have built-in technology that detects and blocks out wind noise, but you may also be able to select an outdoor sound-reducing feature to add to your hearing aid. Talk with your audiologist about which devices and available features are best for you.

2. Moisture and salt from water sports and sweat

If you’re a swimmer, water skier, paddle boarder, or other water-sport enthusiast, you may be concerned about the risk of damaging your hearing aids from water. Depending on the sport you love and how often you engage in it, there are a few options to meet your needs. First, most hearing aids have a water-resistant coating that keeps them protected from water, dirt, and earwax. Besides this basic protection, there are also water-resistant or waterproof hearing aids designed and proven to withstand short periods of complete submersion without getting damaged.

Even if you’re just working out a lot, moisture (and salt) from sweat can be a problem for your hearing aids. If sweat is an issue for you, it might be a good idea to select a more moisture-resistant hearing aid with the help of your audiologist. Wearing a sweatband that wicks moisture away from your ears is another protective measure that will help your hearing aids stay dry.

3. Danger of falling out from movement

Another concern of active people with hearing aids is the fear that, if they move too rapidly, their devices will fall out and get broken or lost. This shouldn’t be a concern with any hearing aid that’s precisely fit the way it should be. The best way to ensure your hearing aids don’t fall out is to have them custom-fit in a hearing aid fitting appointment with an audiologist. By taking an impression of your ears, an audiologist will able to order custom earmolds for your hearing aids.

Today’s hearing aids are designed to help you hear better and live fully, so you don’t have to choose between the two.  Consider these three ways hearing aids can accommodate the activities you love, and schedule an appointment with an audiologist to discuss how your hearing needs fit into your lifestyle.