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A deafie’s guide to celebrating the 4th of July

4th of July with hearing loss

What’s the best way to celebrate the 4th of July with hearing loss? 

Get ready to show off your American and deaf pride this 4th of July, by decorating your hearing aids, brushing up on some summer hearing aid care tips, and protecting your hearing from loud fireworks! 

This is a deafie’s guide to celebrating the 4th of July!

Go red, white, and blue!

Decorate your hearing aids! Ask your audiologist to make you red, white and blue ear molds. If it’s too late for that, you can use nail stickers to create your own look. Consider adding a charm, a custom Phonak SkinIt sticker, or a headband to tie your outfit together.

Read more: How to decorate your hearing aids

Bring your hearing aid supplies!

Highlights of the Fourth of July include swimming in the pool, attending a BBQ, and or playing in spontaneous water balloon fights! Before heading out for the day, consider bringing these supplies to keep your hearing aids safe while you have a good time.

  1. Hearing aid case: You may be taking out and inserting your hearing aids several times, so be sure you have your case and you can find a safe place to put your hearing aids.
  2. Microfiber towel– You can keep this with your case, it is good to have in case you need to wipe off extra sweat or splashes from your hearing aids.
  3. Extra batteries– Just in case you drop a battery when transitioning your hearing aids or one or your hearing aids die, be sure to have some extra batteries.
  4. Drying kit– If you live in a humid climate or will be around water, a drying kit can ensure that if your hearing aids can stay dry.

Read more: 3 Hearing Aid Care Tips for Summer

Keep your ears cool!

It’s not comfortable to put hearing aids on burnt ears. Cute and floppy hats can protect both your hearing aids and ears from the hot sun!

There are also options such as Ear Gear that can provide addition protection to your hearing aids!

Protect your hearing!

One of the best parts of the Fourth of July are the fireworks! Unfortunately, fireworks boom at 162 dB and can damage your hearing. Remember to bring earplugs with you and put them in your ears when the show starts!

Read more: How to recognise and protect yourself from dangerous sounds

Do you have any other tips for celebrating the 4th of July with hearing loss? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Kirsten Brackett
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Kirsten is the managing editor of Hearing Like Me. She has a moderate hearing loss and currently wears Phonak Audéo B-R rechargeable hearing aids. Outside of working for Hearing Like Me, she can be found exploring new cities, trying out new recipes in her kitchen, or hiking. She loves learning about different cultures and languages.
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Kirsten Brackett
Kirsten is the managing editor of Hearing Like Me. She has a moderate hearing loss and currently wears Phonak Audéo B-R rechargeable hearing aids. Outside of working for Hearing Like Me, she can be found exploring new cities, trying out new recipes in her kitchen, or hiking. She loves learning about different cultures and languages.