2, February 2017
Since the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, we’re here to help you get through it. If you’re a new hearing aid user, then there are a few things you should know before you head outside. Winter weather brings significant fluctuations in temperature. When moving from warm to cold temperatures, airborne moisture condenses into water droplets. When these droplets accumulate, they can damage hearing aids and batteries. If you want to build a snowman this winter, just follow these two rules.
Avoid Moisture Like the Plague
During the winter, moisture poses the biggest threat to your hearing aid. The first and most obvious form of moisture comes from the sky. If exposed to sleet, hail, and snow, your hearing aid can malfunction from water damage. The best thing you can do is cover your hearing aid with a hat or pair of earmuffs.
The second form of moisture is less obvious and harder to avoid. Extra layers combined with temperature fluctuations tend to result in extra sweat. If you’re wearing a hat or earmuffs, this perspiration can accumulate in your ear and damage your hearing aid. If heavily sweating is a chronic issue for you, then here are a couple of ideas:
- Consider purchasing a hearing aid sweatband. These bands absorb moisture rather than trapping it. They are also perfect for behind-the-ear hearing aids.
- Dry out your hearing aid regularly. When you get inside, remove your hearing aid and open the battery compartment. If you can see any moisture, wipe it out with a cotton swab.
- You can also purchase a hearing aid dehumidifier. Place your hearing aid into the dehumidifier before you go to sleep, and let it do its work.
Protect Batteries from the Cold
When it comes to cold and batteries, there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet. Some sources claim that you should store batteries in the refrigerator, while others say that cold drains your batteries. The truth is your batteries should never be in the fridge.
Cold slows the motion of electrons and prevents batteries from working. That chemistry can prevent batteries from working properly during the winter months. If you’ve run into trouble in the cold, here are a few tips that will your batteries working.
- Take extra batteries with you in case of malfunction
- Avoid storing batteries in your car. The rapid and frequent changes in temperature can cause moisture buildup and damage the battery.
- Remove your hearing aid when participating in outdoor activities like skiing, sledding, or shoveling snow. This will protect it from unnecessary moisture and cold.
Now you’re ready to go walking in a winter wonderland. Just remember these rules, and winter weather will feel like a walk in the park.