Live in a cold weather area? Whether you’re a new hearing aid user or are experiencing your first winter with hearing aids, you should know that there are a few things you can do to ensure that your hearing aids function optimally and don’t get damaged when temperatures fluctuate. If you take the right preventative measures and consider the following tips, your hearing aids will continue to function properly, even during those chilly winter months.
- Keep your hearing aids covered and protected. Hearing aids and hearing aid batteries can sometimes stop working due to extreme cold temperature. One of the best ways to protect your hearing aids from the frigid winter weather is to cover and protect them from the elements. Wearing scarves, earmuffs, hats or headband over your ears will help to shield your hearing aids from cold temperatures and act as your first level of protection. This additionally serves to keep your hearings aids dry.
- Be mindful of moisture. Another big problem you’ll face is the increased exposure to moisture. The various elements of fog, snow, rain and potential condensation can cause damage to hearing aids. When transitioning from cold to warm temperatures, moisture can build up in the hearing aid. To prevent moisture buildup, wear breathable material, such as a cotton scarf, and invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier to help keep your hearing aids dry throughout the winter season.
- Protect your hearing aid batteries. Your hearing aid batteries are more susceptible to damage during colder months which can put a damper on your hearing aid’s performance. That’s why it’s important to keep your batteries out of extreme cold temperatures and keep them dry! It is recommended that you inspect your hearing aid before you turn it off at night, and make sure to remove the batteries and wipe the battery compartment thoroughly with a warm, dry cloth before storing.
- Protect your ears from loud sounds such as snow blowers or snowmobiles. If your hearing aids are programmed with multiple memories, you can activate an increased noise reduction program, before you are exposed to loud noise. You can also wear noise reducing earmuffs over your hearing aids or opt to wear earplugs instead.
- Remove your hearing aids when necessary. Skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and sledding are popular winter activities. So if you enjoy these types of outdoor activities during the winter months, remember to remove your hearing aids to protect them from excessive moisture caused by sweat and snow.
Taking just a little extra care during the winter weather should help avoid any problems with your hearing aid devices. Don’t let the weather get the best of you! With these tips, your hearing aids and cold weather will get along just fine. If still having questions about using your hearing aids in cold weather and would like to speak with a hearing care professional, contact us today.