Cold temperatures aren’t usually a problem for hearing aids, especially since we tend to spend more time indoors through the winter. But frequent changes in temperature, like when you come inside after a morning walk in the rain, can cause condensation — and that moisture can damage hearing aids.
“Hearing aids are built of tough stuff! They can withstand a lot, but you can definitely extend the life of your hearing aid with proper care,” says Kim Galick, owner of Ears Hearing Clinic in Langley.
Signs your hearing aids may have moisture damage:
- Distorted sound or static.
- Reception fades in and out randomly, or during loud noises.
In summer and in winter, using a dehumidifier is a great way to care for your hearing aids. When you take them off at the end of the day, simply put them in the small dry kit overnight. And remember, for any hearing issues, you can always schedule an appointment with Kim at Ears Hearing Clinic for help.
Be a hearing advocate this holiday
“There are many ways to aid someone’s hearing, without spending money on in-ear hearing aids,” Kim says. “Holiday parties can be a challenging time for people with hearing loss, but there are simple adjustments we can all make to help our loved ones stay in the conversation.”
- Create the right environment: Turn down music and turn on lights so it’s easier to hear conversation and see people’s expressions as they speak. If you’re outside, remember that warm hats and rain on umbrellas can make it harder to hear.
- Speak clearly: If you’re speaking with someone who has hearing loss, speak slowly and project your voice without shouting. Try not to interrupt or speak at the same time as others, as that makes it harder to follow conversations.
- Be an advocate: If you notice a loved one is quiet, they may be having trouble hearing. Sit close to them and offer to repeat phrases so it’s easier to follow along, or move to a quiet corner for a one-on-one conversation.
“If you notice a loved one seems to be struggling to hear, it might be worth asking them if they’ve had their hearing tested lately,” Kim says. “If they don’t have hearing aids, or if the ones they have aren’t helping them hear, a hearing check-up may help.”