In general, taking care of your hearing aids in winter is like taking cared of yourself: Keep them warm and dry. With that in mind, our first tip months is very straightforward: If you don’t need your hearing aids while your outside, leave them inside. Cold weather and finely-tuned electronics like hearing aids aren’t natural friends; the cold can make electronics a bit erratic.
If you absolutely have to wear your hearing aids outside during winter, be sure to keep them warm by also wearing earmuffs, a scarf or a hat that covers them. In addition to protecting your hearing aid electronics, you’ll be preventing your batteries from wearing out before their time.
When your hearing aids are sweaty, after spending time undercover, take out the batteries, wipe the battery compartment and store your hearing aids in a hearing aid dehumidifier for overnight drying. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make you perspire under all those winter layers. So, whether you’re shoveling the driveway or going for walk, check your hearing aids for moisture afterward.
For those of you who enjoy strenuous (i.e., sweaty and snow-covered) winter activities such as skiing, do everything you can to protect against the moisture of spraying snow and perspiration (which can ice-up if you’re not careful). Covering up from the snow is pretty much the same as covering up for warmth, but you can protect against perspiration with special hearing aid sweat bands, designed to wick sweat away from your devices.
And here’s one more! Don’t put your hearing aids in their case or in a purse and leave them in your cold car overnight. It can be easy to forget that you’ve put them aside, so get in the habit of making sure you know where your hearing aids are every time you go back in the house.
Taking care of your hearing aids during winter isn’t hard; they just need a little TLC!