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Does cold weather affect hearing aids? Tips for looking after hearing aids in winter

Kimberley Bradshaw - Head of Marketing
Written By:
Kimberley Bradshaw

Head of Customer Content Experience

Paul Harrison Hearing Aid UK Founder & Audiologist
Medically Reviewed By:
Paul Harrison

Audiology Expert

Updated: 24th November 2023
Winter care tips for your hearing aids

Winter Care Tips for Your Hearing Aids

How to ensure optimal hearing aid performance in cold weather


How to look after your hearing aids in winter

During winter, the cold temperatures and dry air can pose challenges for those who rely on hearing aids. Just as we take precautions to protect ourselves from the winter chill, it's equally important to ensure the well-being of our hearing aids during this season.

Proper care not only enhances hearing aid longevity but also ensures that they function optimally in the face of winter's unique challenges.  Here we talk about how we can maintain and care for our devices during the colder months.


Protect against moisture

Winter often brings with it the menace of moisture, whether in the form of snow, sleet, or rain. Hearing aids are susceptible to water damage, which can impair their functionality. To safeguard your devices (and investment!), consider using a protective covering, such as a rain hat or a moisture-resistant sleeve.

When you are not wearing your hearing aids, store them in a dry, cool place to prevent condensation build-up.


Protect against shifts in temperature

Cold temperatures can impact the efficiency of your hearing aids. To reduce the risk of this, avoid exposing them to extreme cold for prolonged periods. If you need to be outdoors in wintry conditions, consider wearing a hat or earmuffs to shield your hearing aids.

When indoors, store your hearing aids away from heaters or radiators to prevent overheating, and be mindful of sudden temperature changes in the atmosphere.


Protect from wind

Winter often brings blustery winds, and these can create challenges for hearing aid wearers.  Consider investing in wind protection accessories, such as custom wind guards or sleeves designed to minimise wind noise. These small additions can make a significant difference in your listening experience, allowing you to enjoy the crisp winter air without compromising on sound quality.


Don't forget your batteries need looking after too!

Batteries can be particularly sensitive to temperature variations. In colder weather, the lifespan of hearing aid batteries may be shortened. To avoid this, carry spare batteries and store all batteries in a warm and dry place to maintain their efficacy.

Always check the expiration date on your batteries and replace them regularly to ensure uninterrupted usage.


Cleaning and care

Winter can also bring the risk of dust and dirt damage.  Get into a regular routine of cleaning your hearing aids to prevent the accumulation of debris. Use a soft, dry cloth to gently wipe away any dirt or moisture. Ensure that the microphone and receiver ports are clear of obstructions, as these can significantly impact sound quality.


Routine check-ups

Regular check-ups with your local audiologist are essential, especially during the winter months. Cold weather can exacerbate any existing issues or wear and tear on your hearing aids. Professional maintenance ensures that your devices are in optimal condition, addressing any concerns before they escalate.

This proactive approach not only preserves the longevity of your hearing aids but also ensures that you enjoy the winter season to the fullest.


Consider investing in a hearing aid dehumidifier

Winter air is generally drier, which can impact the internal components of your hearing aids. Consider using a hearing aid dehumidifier to remove excess moisture and maintain the proper functioning of your devices.

These small electronic devices are designed to absorb moisture overnight, safeguarding your hearing aids from potential damage.


Hearing aids in cold weather conclusion

Winter may bring with it a unique set of challenges for hearing aid wearers, but with proper care and consideration, you can navigate the season with ease. By implementing these simple winter care tips, you not only protect your hearing aids from the harsh elements but also ensure that they continue to provide you with the gift of clear, crisp sound throughout the colder months.

Remember, a little extra care goes a long way in preserving the longevity and performance of your valuable hearing aids - ensuring you can continue enjoying a great quality of life.


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Caring for hearing aids in winter

Caring for your hearing aids in winter is crucial to ensure optimal performance. Cold temperatures and moisture pose threats to these devices, potentially affecting their efficiency.   Prioritising winter care guarantees prolonged device durability and an uninterrupted auditory experience.

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This article was written by Kimberley Bradshaw

Meet Kimberley Bradshaw , Head of Customer Content Experience

She has collaborated and written about hearing healthcare for several online publications.  By working closely with Hearing Aid UK audiologists, and experts, Kimberley develops the online content, so that the customer's experience is the best it can be. 

Kimberley's medical representation has allowed her to focus on the importance of hearing healthcare and explore the many ways in which hearing loss and its awareness can be improved.

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