The cold weather is not only rough on you, it is tough on your hearing aids, too. There are things you can do (and not do) to protect your hearing aids and keep them running in tip top shape all season long.
Some signs of moisture in your hearing aids include: sound distortion, static noise, faded sound, and batteries dying quicker than normal. Protect your hearing aids by using an umbrella in wet weather conditions
Get in the habit of drying your hearing aids out every night. Do not let moisture get trapped in your hearing aids by opening the battery doors when you are not wearing your hearing aids. Some rechargeable hearing aids have a drying function in the charger. You can also buy a dehumidifier for your hearing aids if moisture is a frequent problem. Reminder: do not use a hair dryer or the microwave to dry out your hearing aids.
Cold weather can weaken the batteries. It is best to store batteries at room temperature and bring an extra set with you when going out.
Earmuffs and hats not only protect your ears, they can protect your hearing aids as well by keeping moisture out and stopping condensation. Just be careful you don’t accidentally knock your hearing aids out of your ears when taking hats and earmuffs on and off. Contact us if you are interested in purchasing otoclips – these go onto your hearing aids and clip onto your shirt so that you do not lose them.
There are times when taking your hearing aids out is the best option, such as when participating in winter activities like skiing or snowboarding. You do not want to risk losing your hearing aids in deep snow! If you do take them out, be sure to store them in a safe place.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office if your hearing aids require repair or you need more help with hearing aid care.