Break out your hats, scarves, gloves and big, fluffy coats; winter weather has officially arrived! We all love fun activities associated with winter weather, but for those with hearing aids, colder temperatures combined with higher levels of moisture in the air can keep your hearing aids from working properly. Blount Hearing and Speech Services located in Maryville, Tennessee offers three simple tips to help you care for your hearing aids during the winter months.
Protecting your hearing aids from damage through the chilly months is a lot easier than you may think. If you take the right preventative measures, your hearing aids will continue working properly.
1.) Keep your hearing aids covered!
The best way to protect your hearing aids from the frigid winter weather is to cover them from the elements. Wearing hats, scarves, or earmuffs will help to shield your hearing aids from weather conditions and act as your first level of protection.
2.) Be aware of moisture.
Winter’s cold temperatures will be the least of your worries this season when it comes to protecting your hearing aid. The biggest problem you’ll face is the increased exposure to moisture. The various elements of fog, snow, rain and potential condensation can cause damage to hearing aids. When transitioning from cold to warm temperatures, moisture can build up in the hearing aid. To prevent moisture buildup, wear breathable material, such as a sweatband, and invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier to help keep your hearing aids dry throughout the season. A few signs of moisture damage to be aware of include:
- The hearing aid cuts out during loud noises
- Sounds come in with static
- Sounds are unclear or warped
3.) Protect your batteries
The batteries in your hearing aid are also susceptible to extreme winter temperatures, so the same preventative measures taken to protect your hearing aids should be taken to protect the batteries. In order to successfully protect your batteries from damage keep them out of extremely high or low temperatures and keep them dry. When your hearing aids start to cause problems, the first thing to check is the batteries.
Now go bundle up and enjoy this winter weather without worrying about your hearing aids! If you experience a problem with your hearing aid this winter, Blount Hearing and Speech Services offers extensive hearing aid repair and cleanings to keep them working properly. Contact our office today to learn more about repair and cleaning services or to schedule an appointment at (865) 982-8557.