- Published on 21 February 2014
Freezing temperatures, snow and ice are still plaguing much of the United States, from the Midwest to New England, and even all the way to northern Texas. Temperatures as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit below average are still forecast for many States. We all know how exposed our ears can feel in extremely cold weather. And of course people with hearing aids have to take extra precautions to protect their devices from the onslaught of the elements. Hearing Lab reports on the dangers of icy temperatures for hearing instruments. Signs of damage may include fluctuations in sound, cutting out, and static.
Condensation is considered one of the biggest risks to these devices. Damp conditions, like snow or sleet, with significant changes in temperature between indoors and outdoors can easily cause moisture to condensate inside the hearing aids, for instance as they warm up once the person comes inside. This could cause irreparable damage to the instrument’s delicate electronics or batteries. A dehumidifier box is therefore recommended to store the device.
A less immediately obvious problem is reduced power from the batteries. In very cold temperatures, they may last for a much shorter amount of time, or even stop working all together. One solution is to keep a spare set of batteries, stored in a pocket near the body so that they do not get too cold.
Wearing a warm hat, headband or earmuffs is good advice for everyone going out in these exceptionally low temperatures, and even more so for people with hearing devices.Source: Hearing Lab