Look After Hearing Aids In The Winter!
Snow is beautiful to look at, but if you get it near your hearing aids and there could be big trouble! The cold weather brings some potential issues for people with hearing aids. But these few tips for wearing hearing aids in winter may help reduce your worries.
Always Be Prepared
It’s not so much the cold that is the problem; it’s the changes in the temperature when you come into a warm building from the cold outside.
Always keep spare batteries with you. Sometimes the winter cold can drain your batteries faster than normal. If you have spare batteries you can be assured you won’t be without your hearing aids. Cover your head and ears! It’s important that your hearing aids stay dry, so wearing a hat, scarf or earmuffs is imperative, especially in the snow, sleet or rain. Moisture is one of the leading reasons for hearing aid repairs. Protect your hearing aids. If you’re an avid skier, love snowmobiling, or play other winter sports, it’s vital to safeguard your hearing aids. With these and other energetic winter activities, it’s best to remove your hearing aids and store them in a warm, dry place. That way they are not exposed to excessive moisture due to perspiration and precipitation.
The condensation that occurs when you go from cold to warm can cause moisture in your hearing aids, including inside the unit itself, as well as the battery compartment.
Wear a hat that helps absorb rather than create moisture (with a breathable material) during vigorous outdoor activities such as exercise or shovelling snow. If you have behind-the-ear hearing aids, consider hearing aid sweatbands that absorb moisture and keep out dirt and dust. Always let your hearing aids breathe. Once you’re inside, remove your hearing aids and wipe them down. Open the battery compartment and check for any condensation. Sometimes a quick wipe around the battery compartment with a cotton bud will absorb moisture.Consider a hearing aid dehumidifier or dry pot. When you take out your units for the night, open the battery door and allow evaporation. Many people find a hearing aid dehumidifier helpful to remove moisture and extend the life of the hearing aids.
Know The Symptoms Of A Malfunctioning Hearing Aid
Because moisture is the number one reason for hearing aid repairs, these problems can occur with exposure to snow, sleet or rain:
Hearing aid is dead or produces no sound. Dry off the hearing aid and replace the battery.Weak sound or intermittent sound. The earmold may have moisture inside. Clean your hearing aids. In behind-the-ear models, check the tubing for moisture.Crackling or static sound. Wipe the units and allow to dry, preferably in a dehumidifier.
If any of these problems persist, see your audiologist.
Most hearing aids are water-resistant not waterproof. Wearing hearing aids in winter is no different than any other time of year as long as you keep your units dry.