Fall season is among us. Along with the allergies and the change in the color of the leaves, cooler temperatures are just around the corner. Hearing aids can be sensitive to temperature and moisture, so cooler weather can potentially affect their performance or even cause damage. Here are some ways in which cooler weather can impact hearing aids:
1. Battery Performance: Hearing aid batteries can be affected by temperature. Cold weather can reduce battery life and lead to quicker drainage. It’s important to keep spare batteries in a warm, dry place when using hearing aids in cold conditions. Many people believe they should store their batteries in the freezer however hearing aid batteries are the opposite!
2. Moisture: Condensation can form inside hearing aids when they are exposed to temperature changes, such as going from a cold outdoor environment to a warm indoor space. Moisture can damage the electronic components of the hearing aid, so it’s essential to keep them dry.
3. Physical Damage: Extreme cold can make hearing aid materials, such as plastic and metal, more brittle, which can increase the risk of physical damage if they are dropped or bumped. Luckily this isn’t much of an issue where we live but be mindful if you are visiting your friends up north.
To minimize the potential impact of cooler weather on hearing aids, consider the following tips:
1. Store Hearing Aids Properly: When you’re not using your hearing aids, store them in a protective case or a dry and warm place to prevent moisture and cold exposure.
2. Use Moisture-Resistant Covers: Some hearing aids come with moisture-resistant covers or sleeves that can help protect them from moisture and temperature changes.
3. Remove Batteries When Not in Use: If you won’t be using your hearing aids for an extended period, remove the batteries to prevent drainage and potential leakage.
4. Keep Spare Batteries Warm: Carry spare hearing aid batteries in a pocket or a warm place to ensure they work when needed.
5. Regular Maintenance: Have your hearing aids serviced and maintained by a professional regularly to check for any potential issues caused by temperature or moisture. At Flex Audiology, we routinely use our Redux drying machine to prevent moisture buildup.
6. Consider Hearing Aid Accessories: Some accessories, like dehumidifiers designed for hearing aids, can help remove moisture and prolong the life of your devices. We offer a variety of options in the clinic and can help you decide which would be best depending on whether your hearing aids use batteries or are rechargeable.
We hope these tips help and reach out to the team if you have any questions that are specific to your hearing aid brand.