Protecting Your Hearing Aids in Winter
Whether you’re the type to make snow angels in a blizzard or stay inside with a hot cup of cocoa, winter weather could pose a risk to your hearing aid functionality. To keep the sensitive electronics inside your device protected from moisture and freezing temperatures, you’ll need to take some steps to maintain your device and prevent unnecessary exposure. If not properly cared for, these conditions could cause damage to the hearing aid or prevent it from performing at peak levels.
How cold weather affects hearing aids
The most obvious threat to a hearing aid is water. In addition to reducing the charge of zinc-air batteries, snow and condensation buildup are likely to corrode the device and prevent sound from reaching the microphone. If your hearing aid is quiet or creating crackling noises during the winter, you may be experiencing issues related to moisture exposure and will need to dry your device.
Most hearing aids are designed to protect against cold temperatures. Still, frequent changes in temperature that may occur as a result of going inside and outside could lead to condensation issues as the chilled device begins to warms up. If this moisture is not removed, it may block airflow from reaching zinc-air batteries and decrease performance.
Protecting yourself from the cold
By adding a few extra steps to your daily routine, you can keep your hearing aids safe all winter long so you can enjoy the sounds of the season. We recommend the following:
- Consider carrying extra batteries in case the weather causes your hearing aids to drain faster than usual.
- Keep your ears shielded from moisture by wearing a hat, scarf, or earmuffs. Try using fabrics that breathe to prevent perspiration while shoveling or jogging. Earmuffs that reduce high levels of noise are also available.
- Remove your hearing aids before participating in any winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding to avoid unnecessary exposure. For best results, store your units in a dry, warm location.
- Purchase a hearing aid sweatband to soak up excess moisture and protect your devices from debris. To keep your hearing aids working longer, you may also consider a hearing aid dehumidifier for overnight drying.
- Avoid dangerous noise exposure from snowblowers, snowmobiles, and other appliances that produce sounds greater than 100 dB by turning on your device’s noise reduction setting.
- While indoors, wipe away moisture from your hearing aids by drying the outer shell and the battery compartment. A cotton swab should do the trick.
Still have questions? Consult a hearing care professional in your area
It’s up to you to make taking care of your hearing health a priority. This winter, do the right thing for your ears by creating a plan with a local hearing care professional to keep your hearing aids functioning no matter the weather. Use our online locator to schedule an appointment today.