Winter means snow, ice, and taking extra precautions to keep yourself safe. For individuals who wear hearing aids, it also means taking steps to protect the sensitive electronics in the devices. Moisture and freezing temperatures can damage hearing aids or keep them from optimal performance. As the snow falls, and the thermostat drops, take precautions to keep yourself, and your hearing aids safe this winter.
Although modern hearing aids can withstand some wear and tear, temperatures can damage the functions of these delicate and high-tech devices. The cold weather itself is not the problem. It is the condensation that gets into the hearing aid that does significant damage. In cold temperatures, condensation can accumulate when you move from the cold air outside into the warm inside. This activity puts your hearing aids at high risk for water damage. Cold weather causes a battery drain and significantly reduces the charge of zinc-air batteries. The signs of hearing aid damage include:
Condensation and battery drain are not the only issues for hearing aid wearers during cold months. If you wear hearing aids, you are at high risk for earwax hardening in your ear. A strange object in the ear, such as a hearing aid, causes the ear to produce additional wax. This extra wax can lead to ear infections, headaches, and tinnitus. Please remember that cotton swabs are not sufficient for wax removal. Plan an appointment with your hearing healthcare professional to have the wax professionally removed.
Cold weather is detrimental to hearing aids. Battery drain is the primary problem, along with condensation and moisture damage. You can’t do something about the weather, but you can take care of your hearing aids this winter. Here are a few tips:
As the snow falls and the ice hardens, keep yourself, and your hearing aids warm and dry. Cold weather is damaging to hearing aids, so please take the proper precautions. Please remember to visit your hearing healthcare professional for hearing aid maintenance and hearing care.