Hearing aid care in the autumn
Hearing News • October, 31 2019
“If you wear glasses you know how they can ‘steam up’ when you step into a warm room, well hearing aids are just as prone to condensation.”
Steven McCluskey, Audiologist
With the clocks going back we are in no doubt that autumn is well and truly here and this has implications for those who wear hearing aids.
Foggy weather and damp days mean there’s a lot of moisture in the air. If you wear glasses you know how they can ‘steam up’ when you step into a warm room, well hearing aids are just as prone to condensation. With glasses if they’re damp or wet it’s easy to wipe them dry again, but it is a bit more difficult with hearing aids. You may not notice they’re wet or that condensation has accumulated, but dampness can cause damage to the microphone and receiver and can also get inside the battery compartment.
You can combat condensation by leaving your hearing aid in a plug-in dehumidifier or drying box overnight. Remove the batteries and leave the compartment open to allow air to circulate inside. Leaving hearing aid batteries in a dehumidifier can shorten battery life.
The same applies if you get caught out in the rain and wind without being prepared, always dry out your hearing aid afterwards. If you don’t have a dehumidifier or drying box you can put your damp or wet hearing aid (batteries removed) into a jar of uncooked white rice and leave for a few hours; research has shown this is just as effective as commercial drying agents such as silica.
In this weather many of us wear hats or hoods to keep dry, but this can cause a problem for those who have powerful hearing devices, the hat or hood can cause hearing aid feedback. In this case a transparent, dome-shaped umbrella which protects from the wind as well as the rain can be an effective solution.
And finally, since it’s much more likely that you’re going to be out and about in the dark at this time of year it’s a really good idea to make sure that your hearing aid batteries aren’t going to need changing while you’re out. You can use a hearing aid battery checker before going out and swap the batteries for new ones if they’re low in charge. Also remember to store your batteries carefully as they’re susceptible to damage in cold weather; avoid places like the glovebox of your car where they’re likely to experience extreme cold.
If you’d like advice on how to take care of your hearing aid and batteries at this time of year, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at Thompson Hearing Services where one of our hearing health professionals will be happy to help on this and any other concerns you may have.
Why not call us today to book a complimentary hearing health check?