We all know how the weather can affect our energy bills, our clothing choices, and even our moods. But have you ever stopped to consider how the weather can affect your hearing aid?
As the weather here in Indiana begins to fade from summer to fall, now is a good time to educate yourself on how the weather can affect your hearing aids, and what you can do to care for them properly.
Hearing aids can be particularly susceptible to problems due to exposure to winter air. Winter throws two conditions at our hearing aids that they don’t particularly like: extreme cold and frigid winds.
In any season, your hearing aid is susceptible to condensation, and even more so in winter. Freezing temperatures can cause the metal components within your hearing aid, including the batteries, to act as condensation traps. This encourages corrosion and could cause your device to perform erratically or even stop functioning altogether.
Wearing a hat during cold weather will not only keep your head warm, but it can also insulate your hearing aid from temperature extremes. Be sure to wear a hat or ear warmer that keeps you protected but doesn’t cause excessive sweat, as this could allow moisture to collect.
If a hat isn’t for you, consider a hearing aid sweatband. They slide over the case of a behind-the-ear device to give some protection against moisture, cold, and wind. If you aren’t sure which size will fit your hearing device, your audiologist can help you.
Even if your device is water resistant, this is different from waterproof, so your hearing aids could sustain damage if moisture is allowed inside. Be sure to carry an umbrella over your head in a rainstorm.
Use a soft, dry cloth to blot away any moisture, and pay particular attention to the battery compartment. Hearing aid humidifiers are also available to serve this same purpose.
Extreme heat and freezing cold weather can damage your hearing aids. Never leave them in a hot car or in direct sunlight, as this can damage the internal electronics and drastically reduce battery life. Freezing temperatures are notorious for draining hearing aid batteries, so always keep an extra set handy in cold weather.
Of course, we all want to enjoy a sunny afternoon in the garden or by the pool. But summer can pose just as much of a condensation risk to hearing aids as winter. It is just as important to dry your device at the end of the day in summer as it is in winter.
Hot, dry conditions can also pose the risk of dust and dirt making its way into the dials and controls of the hearing aid. Again, consider a hearing aid sweatband to prevent this. The sweatband also helps to absorb sweat, which could cause condensation. And, if you are relaxing by the pool, don’t forget to remove your hearing aids before making a splash!
Guard Your Hearing Aid Against Condensation
No matter the season, condensation is a constant threat to your hearing aid. Following some simple cleaning and care procedures can ensure that your hearing aid will last for years to come. Consider a hearing aid sweatband or humidifier to help combat this and be sure to dry your device nightly.
If you still have questions or need help with your hearing aid, contact the audiologists at Whisper Hearing Centers. We are committed to your hearing health and are eager to hear from you! Connect with us on Facebook, submit this online contact form, or give us a call today at (317)865-2337.