Caring for Your Hearing Aids this Winter
One of the best ways to keep your hearing aids functioning properly is to keep them dry and away from water. This is not only true in the summer months but also during the winter.
During the winter months, condensation can build up when hearing aids are exposed to extreme temperature changes – very cold to very warm. Plus, outdoor winter activities can still cause sweat. For example, shoveling snow is hard work and as we sweat moisture can build in and around the ears. People who have outdoor occupations must also be mindful of sweat build up in the winter. Fun activities such as sledding, skiing and hiking allow us to get outside and enjoy nature, but these activities also expose hearing aids to extreme temperature changes. Think of the warmth you feel when entering a warming house or chalet. For our hearing aids this quick cold to warm temperature change can cause condensation to build.
Today's hearing aids are much better equipped to protect against moisture, but there are still things you can do at home to help keep your hearing aids dry:
- Store your hearing aids in a dry place. If you do suspect condensation after coming in from the cold, try opening up the battery compartment to allow moisture to escape
- Remove your hat and ear coverings once inside a building to allow air to circulate
- Use a hearing aid dehumidifier at night to remove condensation
Here is another tip, talk with your hearing care professional about your lifestyle and daily activities. There are many different types and styles of hearing aids and your hearing care professional can help determine which hearing aid will work best to keep you active all year long.