Enjoying Winter Activities with Hearing Aids
Winter weather changes how we dress and when we start our cars, but if you’re an active person, it probably won’t discourage you from bundling up and heading outdoors. Just because you wear hearing aids, that doesn’t have to change your winter activities – as long as you follow the right precautions and care.
Protecting from moisture
Whether it’s summer or winter, physical activity creates perspiration. You might not mind, but your hearing aids do, especially if you wear behind-the-ear hearing aids that have more contact with your skin and hair. Wearing a hearing aid sweatband or other moisture-repelling material over your ears is an easy way to keep your hearing aids dry without sacrificing your outdoor fun.
Winter weather can also be a problem. If it’s raining or snowing, be extra careful to use an umbrella or wear a hat to protect your hearing aids.
Cold weather precautions
As you may have personally experienced from leaving a cell phone out in the car during freezing weather, any kind of electronic device is sensitive to the cold. Don’t forget that your hearing aids are essentially high-tech electronics, so they require the same continuity of temperature to work their best. Never leave your hearing aid outside or in the car for any length of time during below-freezing temperatures.
When accidents happen
Accidents happen. If your hearing aids get accidentally exposed to moisture from winter weather, don’t panic. Just remove your hearing aid, take out your batteries and dry everything thoroughly. You may also want to leave it in the dehumidifier overnight. If you leave your hearing aids out in the cold, they may stop working temporarily. Bringing them back into a warm environment and making sure they stay free of condensation could be just the trick. If you still can’t get them working, visit your audiologist’s office right away.
Winter temperatures bring new challenges for hearing aid care, but that doesn’t mean you can’t venture outdoors. Use these precautions to keep your hearing aids warm and dry, and you’ll still be able to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities all year long.