How Weather Can Change Your Hearing Aids

It is important to understand that hearing aids are affected by both cold and hot weather. The moisture of our sweat during hot months can cause moisture damage to our hearing aids. However, the cold can cause moisture damage as well. In the colder months, we experience temperature fluctuations that cause condensation. Hence, people who wear hearing aids must be able to recognize the signs of moisture damage, and they also need to know what they can do to fix it. Naturally, it is hugely important that they know how to prevent it as well.

The problem with moisture is that both the receiver and the microphone can be affected. Also, the tubing of the ear-mold can easily get clogged up. This leads to corrosion. If a hearing aid starts to cut out during any loud noise, this is a very clear sign of corrosion. Additionally, sound starts to come and go, or perhaps even fade altogether. It is also possible for static to start punctuating the sound. At the early stages, sound starts to get distorted or becomes unclear. Finally, it can happen for a hearing aid to fully switch off and then suddenly start back up again. In this case, the hearing aid is almost fully broken.

Before you decide that you have moisture damage in your hearing aid, there are a few things to check first. Start by making sure that your T-switch is correctly placed. The second thing to do is look at your batteries and ascertain that they are positioned the way they should be. In many cases, the signs are caused by empty batteries instead. Additionally, check the batteries aren’t corroded. If they are, you will notice a white powdery substance covering them. Throw them out immediately. If there is a bit of moisture in between your battery, causing contact, you can simply dry this off with a cotton swab. You also have to make sure that your wax protection system is clean and functioning. Last but not least, make sure your tubing is free from cracks and frays. If you find that none of these issues are present, you could start looking into whether moisture is the real problem. In BTE (behind the ear) models, it is common to find moisture droplets in the tubing. You can get rid of this by using an earmold puffer. You could also ask for moisture dispersing tubes. A special drying device is needed for in-the-ear models. These will hopefully be able to dry the moisture before the damage is irreparable. However, it is far more important to engage in good preventative measures to ensure the damage never gets that bad.