The winter months can bring specific problems for people who wear hearing aids.
When it comes time to go out and shovel, your sweat can cause damage to your hearing aid, along with any other kind of moisture. Not only that, but extreme temperature fluctuations can harm both the battery and the hearing aid itself.
These temperature changes cause condensation to form inside the hearing aid, causing problems in the same way perspiration does. If you suspect your hearing aid is not working right due to cold weather or exposure to moisture, there are a few steps you can take.
Identify the Problem
The first step is to make sure that your hearing aid is in fact not working right due to cold weather. Some signs that your hearing aid has been damaged by perspiration or extreme changes in temperature are:
- Your hearing aid cuts out during loud noises.
- Sound is fading in or out.
- Sound is distorted or unclear.
- Your hearing aid works intermittently.
Fix the Problem
If you have some or all of these symptoms, then there is a good chance your hearing aid was damaged. There are a few solutions you can try to fix your hearing aid before getting it replaced.
- The first step in any troubleshooting is to make sure the hearing aid is actually on and that the T-switch is in the right position. This has nothing to do with the cold, but is always the best place to start!
- Next, make sure the batteries have been inserted correctly. You should also check to make sure the battery is not corroded. If there is a white powdery substance, you have a bad battery. Dispose of the battery and get it replaced.
- Check the tubing that connects to the earmold to see if it has become clogged with moisture. You’ll be able to tell by the condensation in the tube.
- If your hearing aid is exposed to moisture, place it in a dri-aid kit immediately.
Preventing your hearing aid from getting damaged is the best way to ensure it always works properly. Some ways to prevent damage are:
- Don’t leave your hearing aid outside during cold weather. This includes inside purses or inside your car overnight.
- Use an umbrella when it’s raining and be sure to cover your ears when it’s snowing.
- Purchase a hearing aid drying kit or dehumidifier. Placing the battery in one of these overnight can ensure that it stays dry.
- There are hearing aid sweatbands and spandex covers available to help keep moisture away from the hearing aid.
- If you suspect your hearing aid has gotten wet, immediately remove the battery to minimize the damage.
Hopefully these simple tips will help you keep your hearing aid in perfect working condition.