Condensation can build up in your devices as you move indoors from the cold temperatures. Moisture – in the form of condensation, perspiration and humidity – can ruin your device’s receiver and microphone. If damaged by moisture, your hearing aids may:
- Suddenly stop working and then start working again
- Cut out during exposure to loud noise
- Accompany sound with static
- Distort sound or make it unclear
If you experience any of these signs, immediately turn off the devices and take out the batteries. Try inserting new batteries or use a cotton swab to dry areas where batteries touch the hearing aids. If they still don’t work, you can try to dry them out with a hearing aid dehumidifier, let them air-dry on a newspaper for 24 hours or in rice overnight, or point a fan or hairdryer at them on the lowest setting – do not use high heat.
Hearing Aid TLC Tips
Here are a few tips on taking better care of your hearing aids during the winter:
1. Leave them home while exercising outdoors: When hitting the slopes or taking part in other outdoor winter activities, leave them indoors. Your sweat can easily infiltrate your devices.
2. Cover them up: Any time you venture outside, cover your ears with earmuffs, a hat or at least a hood to better regulate the temperature around them.
3. Warmer is better: Don’t leave hearing aids in your vehicle during the winter. Try to keep them on your person as much as possible – your body heat provides a stable environment.