Hearing Aids

It’s Cold! How to Care for Hearing Aids During Winter

Senior couple taking a winter stroll

Many of our hearing clinic clients have recently asked us this question: do I need to take care of my hearing aids differently during the cold, winter season?

In short, yes!

Here’s a list of things to do to make sure your hearing aids operate the way they should during the cold winter months:

Avoid Moisture Whenever Possible
Going from cold to warm environments can cause condensation; and condensation is the number one culprit for exposing hearing aids to moisture. While a small amount of dampness is unavoidable, try to prevent as much moisture build up as possible by wiping rechargeable hearing aids with a soft cloth. If your hearing aids have removable batteries, use a dry cotton ball to ensure there is no moisture inside the battery compartment.

Bring extra batteries (or have your charger handy)
Like many wireless electronic devices, a hearing aid uses batteries as its source of power. Due to this, its battery can drain a bit faster than you’re used to if you are using it out in the cold for an extended period of time. If your hearing aids use removable batteries, be sure to bring backup with you. If they are rechargeable, don’t forget to have your charger with you–just in case!

Don’t leave your hearing aids in your car
Just like how the cold weather can drain your batteries, leaving them in your car can reduce battery life and performance. If you aren’t using your hearing aids, always keep them in their protective case and bring them with you throughout your daily travels.

Don’t wear them when participating in winter activities
Winter is a great time to enjoy outdoor sports, but don’t forget to take off your hearing aids before you participate. Wearing them during physical activities risks loss or damage, as well as exposure to excess moisture.

Bundle up, keep warm, but be mindful!
Keeping your hearing aids warm and dry helps to maintain their performance when it’s cold outside. But be mindful to not pull off or lose your hearing aids while taking off your toque or putting on your scarf.

Tips for Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aids During the Winter

This winter, if you come across some static, poor reception, noise cutting in or out or other malfunctions you’ve never experienced before, here are some DIY tips for troubleshooting your hearing aids:

  • Turn off your hearing aid, take out the batteries and clean the battery compartment
  • Try replacing the batteries with fresh ones
  • Use a humidifier to help remove moisture
  • Place your hearing aids in a bag of uncooked rice and leave them overnight; this can help absorb the moisture

We’re Here to Help
Still experiencing difficulties with your hearing aid this winter? We’re here to help. Our hearing clinics offer hearing aid adjustments and repairs. Just book an appointment and we’ll take care of the rest!

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