If winter means heart-pumping action on the slopes for you, consider leaving your hearing aid at home when you venture out. Even on a frigid day, outdoor sports will make you sweaty. In these conditions, moisture can easily seep into your hearing aid, especially if you tumble into the snow on occasion.
Although you can get away with storing your hearing aid in your car's glove box when temperatures are mild, it's an unwise decision in the winter. Always keep track of your hearing aid if you're not currently wearing it. Keep it on your person whenever possible; your stable body temperature is better for the device than an environment where it may experience rapid shifts between hot and cold.
Like all other batteries, hearing aid batteries do not handle extreme temperature changes well. Keep your supply of hearing aid batteries in a temperature-regulated indoor space. During winter, spend a few minutes to take out your battery and wipe it down to keep it dry. Leave the battery compartment open every night so that you can easily replace the battery in the morning.
A quiet afternoon neighborhood walk can get loudly interrupted by the impressive roaring of a snow blower. If you're venturing out or planning to run your own snow blower, be sure to adjust your hearing aid accordingly. Increasing the noise reduction level is a good way to protect the health of your ears. Wearing noise-cancelling earmuffs is another good way to protect your ears and your hearing aid.
When condensation builds up in a hearing aid, it can cause a number of issues, including a build-up of static or frequent breaks in its functionality. If you notice that your hearing aid has stopped working after a trip outside, take it out and open up the battery compartment, allowing condensation to evaporate and dry out the device. If the hearing aid still isn't working, you may need to try a few additional techniques.
If your hearing aid is still not functioning after following these steps, you may need to have an expert take a look.
Don't let winter's chill disrupt your normal life by making you worried about your hearing aid. Exercising good caution with your hearing aid can prevent many of the common issues caused by temperature changes.