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Senior friends wearing aids enjoying a day on the slopes

In contrast to popular opinion, winter is fun! Okay, it can certainly be a bummer if you have to go somewhere. Or if you’re not properly prepared. But there are plenty of fun things to do in those chillier winter months.

Still not convinced? Well, here are only a few examples of how cold weather can be fun: you could go sledding or skiing. You could have a good time on a snowmobile! You could go out onto the ice for some ice skating or ice fishing. You can enjoy being outside in the winter just as much as the summer, spring, or, fall if you have the correct gear.

But the secret here is having the appropriate gear. Maybe you’re wondering if your hearing aid counts as part of that gear and whether it will be effected by the cold. Can the cold damage my hearing aids?

Most hearing aids are manufactured to be all-weather… to a point

Hearing aids are manufactured to be worn every day. They’re meant to be worn pretty much everywhere you go. The makers of these devices understand that they need to have a robust construction. But just because hearing aids are designed to be worn all of the time doesn’t mean you should do anything extreme with them.

The majority of hearing aids are built to be basically “all weather” as a result. The safe temperature range for most hearing aids is from -13 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit. There are some places that will sometimes go below -13 but usually, that covers the broad spectrum of temperatures.

You will be able to hear well in most settings and that’s a wonderful thing. Now, you might be thinking: if that’s true, why don’t my hearing aids function as well in the cold? Well, drops in temperature will put stress on your devices, so while they might function, they might not operate at their best.

Some winter hearing aid advice

You can keep your hearing aids operating at near peak efficiency if you take a few measures.

  • Keep your hearing aids somewhere warm and dry when you aren’t using them: This will help prevent moisture from causing issues with your hearing aids. Maybe you aren’t certain how to eliminate moisture from your hearing aid. In most cases, you can wipe it down and let it air dry in a warm spot.
  • We can help ensure your hearing aid fits properly: At times, when they get really cold, hearing aids can become uncomfortable. Decrease any possible discomfort by getting help from us with the fit of your device.
  • Check your batteries (and make sure they’re charged): Hearing aid batteries don’t generally freeze but they will drain quicker in the cold. This means you’ll want to be certain you have a full charge before heading out into any inclement weather.
  • Try not to get your hearing aids wet: When snow melts, it becomes water, so be mindful about exposing your hearing aids to snow. If you’re wondering whether you can wear your hearing aids in the snow and rain, the answer is yes. Although most hearing aren’t waterproof, they are typically water resistant. This means your hearing aid can probably get a bit wet, but it’s not a great idea to leave it that way longer than you have to.
  • It’s helpful to wear a hat or earmuffs: Not only will this keep your ears cozy, it’ll keep your hearing aids warm, also! And the warmer your hearing aids are, the more optimally they’ll be working. Your next question might be: can I wear ear muffs on top of my hearing aid without affecting my hearing? Well, it depends on the hearing aid, but in most cases, your hearing aids will still continue to work.
  • Use accessories to keep your hearing aids secured to your ears: In order to be sure your hearing aids stay securely in place in your ears you can make use of one of many available clips or straps. This can be particularly significant if you’re engaged in strenuous activity, like skiing, skating, or sledding.

So, if you’re wondering: how can I safeguard my hearing aids in the winter? Well, now you’ve got some answers.

What should you do if your hearing aids stop working?

Sometimes, unfortunately, your hearing aid will quit working even when the weather is warm and dry. There are a few basic troubleshooting steps you can take (make sure your device is dry and the batteries are charged, for example). If you still can’t figure out why they aren’t working, we should be able to assist you with that.

Don’t let cold weather keep you from enjoying life!

When it’s -10 degrees outside, it’s reasonable that you would want to stay inside. Perhaps you don’t enjoy the cold. Possibly you’re going to make yourself some nice warm soup. Perhaps you aren’t a big fan of snowmobiles. The essential thing is that it shouldn’t be your hearing aids that are preventing you from living your greatest winter life.

That’s particularly true if you take care of your devices, and follow the guidelines outlined above. If you have any questions about how cold weather may effect the performance of your hearing aids, call us today!

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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