Shield Your Hearing Aids from Harm This Winter
During the cold, dry winter months, you might not see the need to take extra care of your hearing aids, but water in the form of condensation can still be forming inside the small electrical components of your hearing aids. This makes good winter care important to extend the life of your hearing aid and to ensure you can hear properly.
An extremely cold temperature alone does not affect the ability of your hearing aids to work properly. However, the condensation that develops due to changes in temperature is a threat to your hearing aid. In most cases, you may not be aware of condensation accumulating inside the hearing aid. There are steps you can take to prevent moisture from getting in and remove it as quickly as possible when the hearing device is exposed to liquids.
Proper Storage Makes a Difference
While not using your hearing aid, always ensure they are kept in a dry place that has a steady cool temperature. Avoid leaving hearing aids in your car, near a radiator, or in direct sunlight. As these temperature changes will lead to the build up of condensation. Never leave your hearing aids in the bathroom as your bathroom is a very humid environment.
Common Habits to Avoid
There are some things you may do every day that can change the temperature of your hearing aids or expose them to liquids that can cause the build up of moisture inside. Take care to avoid these things or do them before you put in your hearing aids for the day, and you can prolong the ability of your hearing device to function properly. They are:
- Using a hair dryer
- Spraying perfume or after shave
- Spraying insect repellent or powders
- Using them when you are in a hot tub or sauna
Leave Hearing Aids Behind When Participating in Outdoor Activities
It can be deceiving to be doing a physical activity out in the snow because snow feels dry and your sweat evaporates quickly in the dry air. However, your body is continuously producing moisture when you’re active, so it is always a good idea to leave your hearing aids in a dry environment when you go snowshoeing, skiing, or sledding.
When you do use them outside and you notice that a sudden change in your environment means your hearing aids aren’t working, then the first thing you can do is to open the compartment that holds the battery and take it out. Let it sit in a dry environment with fresh air. This will let the moisture escape and your hearing device can dry out.
Proper Care in a Timely Manner
Each hearing aid needs to be cleaned with a soft dry cloth. Avoid using alcohol or other cleaning solvents to clean your hearing aid. If an oily substance that is difficult to get off has accumulated, such as ear wax, seek assistance from your hearing practitioner. Other tips include:
- Completely dry your ears before putting in your hearing aids. Even if you have not showered, it is important to remove any moisture that accumulated during the night.
- Consider wearing sweat socks and thereby stop moisture from getting into the small electrical components of your hearing aids.
- Before going to bed, take out the battery so the inside can dry out overnight.
- Always keep your hearing device in a dry box or drawer. In cases of exposure to excessive moisture, you may need to use a drying agent to dehumidify the surrounding environment to ensure they get completely dried out overnight.
Cover Hearing Aids to Protect Against Loud Noises
When you are going to be near loud noses such as a snow plowing machine, it’s a good idea to protect your hearing aids by wearing ear muffs. Some hearing aids can be programmed with multiple memories. In which case, before you enter an environment with loud noises, you can start the noise reduction program.
Your hearing aids are precious as they give you the gift of hearing your loved ones and other important sounds. The are an investment you mostly likely want to protect so you have a hearing solution at your fingertips.