In places where it gets cold, it can be tough on a lot of things: automobiles, fingers and toes, and our psyche. But it doesn’t need to be hard on hearing aids, so long as you keep in mind a few things to do — and not do — when wearing hearing aids in cold weather.
- Be careful when removing hats and scarves to avoid pulling off and losing your hearing aids.
- Keep spare batteries on hand (or a charger with you for rechargeable devices) as winter cold can drain batteries faster than normal.
- Consider removing your hearing aids when participating in winter activities like skiing or snowmobiling to avoid losing your hearing aids or exposing them to excess moisture.
- When coming in from the cold, let your hearing aids rest awhile by removing them, and opening the battery door to let moisture/condensation escape. (Rechargeable hearing aids can simply be wiped with a dry cloth after removal.)
- Use a hearing aid dehumidifier to help extend the life of your hearing aids.
- Don’t worry that cold weather will necessarily harm your hearing aids — they’re made of tough stuff!
- Don’t store batteries or chargers in the car.
- Don’t store your rechargeable hearing aids in a heated drying system.
- Don’t forget to keep up with the daily cleaning regimen of your hearing aids.
- Don’t hesitate to call your hearing professional if you notice distortion, sound cutting in and out, or static from your hearing aids.