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Re: [at-l] Hearing aid/deaf hikers

Jim,  Thank you for this list.  I too wear hearing aids.  Keeping them
dry in the rain is a real concern.  Last fall on my hike, I had one of
those floppy brimmed hats that you could pull down over your head and so
it could protect my ears.  It was polyester, so it shed water and did the
job I wanted it to in protecting my hearing aids.  Now in a driving rain,
I would take them out and put them in a case that I carry.

> No direct experience, but I wonder if you haven't just discovered 
> yet another
> reason to wear a broad rimmed hat.  They have lots of advantages:
> 1. they keep the sun off your ears, neck, and receeding hairline
>    (well, maybe not YOUR receeding hairline!)
> 2. they keep the rain off your glasses (or at least my glasses)
> 3. you keep DEET off your face (you can spray the underside)
> 4. they cushion your head when you walk into low hanging branches
> 5. they keep deerflies out of your hair
> 6. they keep inchworms out of your face (if you tilt your head 
> forward)
> 7. you can soak them on a hot day and keep cool
> 8. on a cold day they help keep you warm
> 9. they make you look like you're from "down under"
> And.... (drumroll)... #10....
> 10) they keep your hearing aids dry!
> I've always wanted ten good reasons to wear a wide brimmed hat.  
> Thank you!
> -- Jim
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