The cold winter season is here, and the holiday season is also here! We know during this end-of-the-year holiday season, you are busier than usual. To make life easier for you, in this article, we have summarized some hearing aid tips for this cold and busy winter season. Remember, regardless of how busy you are, keeping your hearing aids clean and in good condition is the key to allowing your hearing aids to last as long as possible.
Cold Winter Season and Hearing Aids – What Do You Need to Know?
1. When you enter a warm environment such as your house or a restaurant from a cold environment. Such as outdoors, due to a sudden and drastic change in temperatures, there could be a thin layer of moisture or water vapours on the surface of the hearing aid. Hearing aids are electronic devices, and any moisture and water are not a good combination with electronic devices. To resolve this issue, you can use a dry cleaning cloth or dry tissues to gently wipe off the hearing aids.
2. After a long day of wearing hearing aids, at night after you remove the hearing aids from your ears you should place your hearing aids into a Dry Beaker with the hearing aid batteries removed, and the battery doors wide open.
3. Be mindful and careful when removing hats and scarves. The general rule of thumb is the closer you are to the ears, the slower you need to be; therefore you can reduce the chance of losing your hearing aids.
4. Store your hearing aid batteries and your hearing aid charger at regular room temperature, and in a dry environment. Do not leave your batteries and hearing aid charger out in your car or somewhere cold. On the other hand, you should also not place your hearing aid batteries and the hearing aid charger somewhere extremely hot, such as on top of a heater or near the fireplace.
5. Before you participate in any winter sports such as ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, or snow sledding you should remove your hearing aids, and place them in a storage case, or in the hearing aid charger. Put the hearing aids back into your ears after you are finished with the activities.
6. Last but not the least, it doesn’t matter when it is, or what season it is keeping up with routine hearing aid cleaning and maintenance is the key to last your hearing aids for as long as possible.
As usual, at any time when you are suspecting there is an issue with your hearing aids, especially after you have cleaned & checked and troubleshoot your hearing aids, following up with your hearing care professional or your audiologist is always strongly supported.