In contrast to popular opinion, winter is fun! Well, if you have to go somewhere, it can certainly be a challenge. Or if you don’t have the proper gear (or proper infrastructure). But during those chilly winter months, you can find lots of fun things to do.
Still not convinced? Well, here are only a few examples of how cold weather can be enjoyable: you could go sledding or skiing. You could take a snowmobile ride. Or you could get a pair of ice skates and spend a little time out on the ice. With the right gear, winter can be just as much of an outdoor season as spring, summer, or fall (and the hot chocolate is so much more rewarding when you’ve been outdoors in the cold).
But the secret here is using the appropriate gear. Maybe you’re wondering if your hearing aid counts as part of that gear and whether it will be impacted 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 used on a daily basis. They’re constructed so you can wear them to the supermarket, out on a hike, or just around the house. Which means that hearing aid makers understand that these devices may take a pounding. We don’t suggest you do anything drastic with your hearing aids, just remember that they’re designed to accompany you throughout your normal daily activities.
Consequently, most hearing aids are made to be somewhat “all-weather”. Most hearing aids can operate quite nicely between the temperatures of -13 and 158 degrees Fahrenheit. There are some spots that will sometimes get colder than -13 but usually, that covers the broad range of temperatures.
Which is a good thing! It means you’ll be capable of hearing in most settings. Now, you might be thinking: if that’s true, why don’t my hearing aids work as well in the winter? Hearing aids will function in the cold, just maybe not as well.
Some winter hearing aid tips
You can keep your hearing aids operating at close to peak efficiency if you take a few steps.
- Try to dawn a hat or earmuffs: Wearing a hat or earmuffs will keep both your ears and your hearing aid toasty. And the warmer your hearing aids are, the more optimally they’ll be working. Maybe you’re wondering whether your hearing aids will still work if you have earmuffs over them. Well, it depends on the hearing aid, but in most cases, your hearing aids will still continue to work.
- When you aren’t using your hearing aids, keep them in a dry and warm spot: Your hearing aid will function better and with fewer problems if you keep moisture out of it. Perhaps you’re not certain how to eliminate moisture from your hearing aid. In most situations, you can dry it off and then put it someplace warm and dry.
- Try not to get your hearing aids wet: Be careful not to get snow on your hearing aid because when snow melts, things get wet. If you’re wondering whether you can use your hearing aids in the snow and rain, the answer is yes. Most hearing aids are water resistant but not usually waterproof. So while your hearing aid will probably be okay if it gets a little wet, you should dry it as soon as possible.
- Monitor your batteries (and make sure they’re charged): Can hearing aid batteries freeze? Well, not really. But cold weather can kill your batteries faster than warm weather. So before you go out in the cold, make sure your battery is fully charged.
- Use accessories to keep your hearing aids secured to your ears: In order to be sure your hearing aids remain securely in place in your ears you can make use of one of many available clips or straps. If you’re doing any strenuous activities like snowboarding or sledding, this is especially relevant.
- Speak with us about the fit of your hearing aids: Hearing aids can sometimes be uncomfortable when they’re cold. Talk to us about the fit of your devices in order to give yourself the opportunity to minimize discomfort.
Maybe you’re wondering how to protect your hearing aids when it gets cold. That’s exactly what we’re going to explore.
If your hearing aid stops working, what should you do?
Of course, even in the optimal weather conditions, your hearing aid may occasionally stop working. You can take a few basic steps to troubleshoot your device (for instance, ensure the batteries are charged and that your devices are good and dry). If you still can’t figure out why they aren’t working, we should be able to help you with that.
Don’t let cold weather keep you from enjoying life!
There are plenty of reasons why you might want to stay indoors when it’s -10 degrees outside. Maybe you aren’t a winter person. Possibly you’re going to cook yourself some yummy warm soup. Maybe snowmobiles aren’t your jam. The essential thing is that it shouldn’t be your hearing aids that are preventing you from living your best winter life.
If you observe the guidelines above and take good care of your hearing aids, this is particularly true. If you have any questions about how cold weather could impact the performance of your hearing aids, talk to us today!