You may already know that the cold weather can impact your hearing. But did you that it can also impact your hearing aids? Hearing aids are useful devices, but to function at their best they require care and attention. The sensitive electronics inside your hearing device should be protected from freezing temperatures and moisture. Because moisture is often present in colder weather, winter can be challenging. Here are a few ways you can protect your hearing aids in cold weather.
When You’re Outdoors
If you’re planning on braving the cold outside, there are a few things you can do to protect your hearing aids:
- Keep your hearing aids covered when outdoors. Use hats, scarves, earmuffs, sweatbands or headbands to keep the devices from becoming too cold or wet. Look for fabrics that breathe, to prevent perspiration. Earmuffs that reduce high levels of noise are also available.
- The cold itself can slow or drain your device’s batteries. Keep spare batteries with you in case you need to change them out.
- Check the IP level of your device, consider purchasing a more water resistant one.
- Remove your hearing aids if you’re planning on any winter sports, such as snowboarding or skiing.
When You’re Indoors
You’ve taken the necessary precautions when outdoors, but there are also things you can to do protect your devices when you’re indoors:
- Remove batteries overnight, store in a cool, not cold, area to safely dry.
- To keep your hearing aids working longer, you may also consider using a hearing aid dehumidifier or dry aid kit overnight.
- Do a quick sound check when you put your devices in. Rub your hands together near each ear. Can you hear this on both sides?
- Avoid wearing your device in humid environments or whilst near water i.e swimming, showering and when playing sports.
- Whilst indoors, wipe away moisture from your hearing aids by drying the outer shell and the battery compartment. A cotton swab should do the trick.
- Be aware of excessive noise and adjust your settings accordingly or wear ear plugs.
- If your hearing aid is quiet or creating crackling noises during the winter, you may be experiencing issues related to moisture exposure. Try to carefully dry it. You may also want to arrange for us to take a look for you.
The above tips will help to protect your hearing aids in the cold weather. If you’d like further tips on keeping your hearing aids clean, check out our Hearing Aid Maintenance guide. If you’re concerned that the cold weather has affected your hearing, call us on (507) 208-7002 or click here to request an appointment today.
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