There are some activities where you should not wear your hearing aids. Here are a few good examples.

When You Should Not Wear Your Hearing Aids

In Uncategorized by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Hearing aids are made to be worn throughout the majority of every day to assist in daily activities. However, there are some instances when it may be better to take them off momentarily. Hearing aids have become more durable with new technology, but they can still become damaged if you are not careful with them. Here is a list of things you shouldn’t do while wearing hearing aids.

Contact Sports and Intense Exercise

Although modern hearing aids are more durable compared to their predecessors, you may want to consider removing your hearing aids when doing intense exercise. The same can also be said about playing contact sports such as football, basketball, etc.


These activities require intensive movements that can knock your hearing aids off your ears. Store your hearing aids in a safe location before doing these activities.

Water-Related Activities

Unless you’re using a pair of waterproof hearing aids, do not wear them while doing water-based activities such as swimming, surfing, and taking a shower. Although most hearing devices today are moisture-resistant, they are still not waterproof. Taking a plunge while wearing them is not a good idea.


Audiologists typically do not recommend wearing hearing devices while sleeping. Removing and storing them before you go to bed allows your hearing aids to charge while you are sleeping. If you have other conditions such as tinnitus, your audiologist may have included this as part of your treatment plan. Consult with your hearing professional if you have questions about this.


Knowing the things that should and should not do while wearing hearing aids improves the life expectancy and functionality of the devices. If you’re interested in talking about hearing aids, contact us at The Hearing Doctor. Talk to our expert audiologists and check our list of assistive listening devices.