The winter brings snow, sleet and exceptionally cold weather. While generally unpleasant, the cold weather can do more than put you in a bad mood; it can damage your hearing aids – your lifeline to the hearing world.
Below is a breakdown of how cold weather can damage hearing aids and what preventative actions you can take to avoid this.
Dangers of Condensation
Condensation occurs when there is a drastic change in temperature. If you go on a walk around Brandywine Park on a 20-degree day, you will bundle up. While you may be perfectly comfortable outside, when you get back to your heated home, condensation can build up in your hearing aids, even if you take your winter gear off first thing.
A buildup of moisture inside your devices can lead to damage. Signs of damage include:
- Hearing aids cutting out
- Sounds fading or coming and going
- Sounds seeming unclear or distorted
- Hearing aids stop working and then starts again
Cold temperatures can make your batteries drain quicker. If you are planning to be outside for an extended period of time in cold weather, it is a good idea to make sure your hearing aids are fully charged or bring an extra pair of batteries with you just in case.
The good news is that when your batteries return to room temperature, they will operate normally.
How to Protect Your Hearing Aids
Protecting your hearing aids from the cold involves taking precautions to prevent against moisture.
Wear a Sweatband
Even though it’s cold out, it is common to sweat when participating in winter sports or even going on a brisk walk. A sweatband can help prevent moisture from damaging your hearing aids.
Purchase a Dehumidifier
A drying kid or dehumidifier can help remove any buildup of moisture from your hearing aids. All you have to do is place your hearing aids in the dehumidifier overnight and the device does the rest.
Use an Umbrella
When out in the cold, rain or snow, using an umbrella or wearing a hood can help protect your hearing aids from moisture.
To learn more about protecting your hearing aids or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, contact Wilmington Audiology today.