Skip to Content
Skip to Main Menu
FREE Hearing Aid Advice
0800 567 7621
8am - 8pm, 7 days a week

Tips on Winter Hearing Health -and why Winter hearing protection is important

By: Paul Harrison Updated: 20th January 2022 in: Hearing Loss Awareness, Latest News, Articles
Tips on Winter Hearing Health

Tips on Winter Hearing Health

How to protect ears in winter

Hearing in winter

Winter can become problematic for your hearing, hearing aids and ears.  It is vital that you protect your ears and hearing aids during this up-and-coming season.  Here are some snippets of advice on how to avoid damage to your hearing and hearing aids.  Avoid any type of hearing problem in winter with our top tips for the season.

Winter hearing loss & the dangers of winter

Months of exposing your ears to cold temperatures can increase the risk of ear infections, extensive ear wax or a condition called ‘surfer’s ear’.  While ear infections are completely common in winter they can turn into a chronic problem and can eventually induce hearing loss or make your existing hearing loss worse. 

Ear wax is another issue, as the colder atmosphere allows for a build-up of hardened wax.  If you find that your level of soundscape reduces and your ears become uncomfortable, it is essential that you seek medical help and get your ear wax removed professionally.

Surfer’s Ear is a modern name for exostosis – a condition that is often seen within surfer’s ears due to the continual exposure of cold wind and water for lengthy periods of time.  Your ears develop bone abnormalities within the ear canal and can lead to serious hearing problems.

Protection in the winter months

Most problems can be avoided if you protect your ears from the cold weather, wind and moisture during these months.  Remember to wear hats, earmuffs or other warm accessories when you are venturing outside.  It is vital that you remember to cover your ears in winter, no matter how long you plan on being outside. 

Ear coverings don’t just keep your ears warm, but they keep your hearing aids safe and secure too.  If you feel that your ears are affected by the cold don’t warm them up with warm water - massage them instead and wipe away any moisture with a cotton ball or cloth.  It's worth researching online to see what is available, as there are plenty of different winter hats for hearing aids - keeping them dry, comfortable and safe.


Winter and hearing aids

Hearing aid batteries in winter

Hearing aid battery maintenance is key in the winter months.  Always keep your batteries dry, as changes in temperature can result in future problems.  Get into the habit of regularly checking that the battery compartment is free of moisture, especially at night before you turn them off.  Daily remove your batteries and wipe them and the compartment with a dry cloth.

Hearing aids in winter

Hearing health care is important all year round, but if you wear hearing aids you will need to take extra care of them in winter.  Like other seasons it is paramount that you keep your hearing aids dry and while you sleep – air them out. 

We recommend all our customers to invest in a dehumidifier case that is small enough to travel with, so you can always maintain good hearing aid management.  It is a great way to eradicate any excess moisture, as changes in temperature can cause condensation. 

If you find that your hearing aids feel too cold or wet then instead of using heat, allow for them to warm up and dry out naturally.  Good hearing aid management will ultimately prolong the life of your hearing aids and protect your ears from any damage.

Winter soundscape science

The winter season completely transforms the way the environment sounds.  This all starts as soon as the ground hardens with the cold temperatures - sound evolves and discovers a whole new soundscape.  The hard ground of winter soaks up less sound and reflects it.  Resulting in a louder and clearer sound for you to enjoy.

It is important to remember to adjust your hearing aids and use the memory settings for noise reduction.  Due to your hearing aids amplifying sound around you and winter’s soundscape emitting louder sounds means that you can damage your hearing if you don’t use your hearing aid settings wisely.

As long as you ensure optimum hearing health and manage your hearing aids correctly – you can experience the wonders of winter sound safely.  Wrap up warm and listen out for the season and scenery transforming the sounds around you. 

Winter ear health support

At Hearing Aid UK, we are a dedicated team of independent audiologists and experts who are here to help you with your hearing needs.  If you would like any advice on your hearing health or have any other questions, please contact us on 0800 567 7621

Alternatively, if you feel like you are missing out on the sounds of winter or you think your hearing has worsened - get an idea of how well you're hearing with our 3-minute online hearing test below.





Read Next: Tips on How to Stay Safe with Hearing Aids in the Winter Sports Season

Why Choose Us?

  • 100% Independent
  • All Hearing Aids Offered
  • Over 200 Audiologists
  • 4.5/5 Customer Satisfaction
  • Free Aftercare for Life
  • 60 Day Money Back Guarantee
Paul Harrison
Hearing Aid Advisor
Unlike most national retailers we are not owned by any manufacturer, this means we can offer the full choice of all makes and models of hearing aids
This article was written by audiology expert Paul Harrison

Meet Paul Harrison, Audiology Expert

Managing Director & founder of Hearing Aid UK, with over 20 years of audiology experience and a member of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists Council (BSHAA) between 2015-2020.

Hearing Aids from all Manufacturers
Browse Brands

Hearing Aids - What's included in our Prices?

Full Hearing Test & Examination by a Registered Audiologist
Fitting and Programming of Hearing Aid(s)
All Aftercare and Fine Tuning for Life
Full Manufacturer's Warranty
60 Day Full Money Back Guarantee
Need Advice? Give Our Hearing Aid Experts a Call for FREE

Ask the Experts

Please correct any validation errors.

Get Free independent impartial advice from the experts you can trust. We offer Nationwide coverage and huge savings on all our hearing aids.

0800 567 7621
8am - 8pm, 7 days a week
Hearing Aid UK Ltd.
9 Lower Bank Road
© Hearing Aid UK 2022


When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.


When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.


Older Model

When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.