Getting Hearing Aids Through the Winter

Now that winter weather has shown up in earnest, it’s a good time to review how to take care of ears and hearing aids in the colder time of the year.

Oddly enough, one wintry seasonal issue is actually sweat—as in perspiration in the ear canal from wearing hats and earmuffs. Not only does this create a pretty good environment for ear infections to take hold, but if you use hearing aids it can cause some issues. They are electronic devices and, like any other, moisture isn’t their friend.

Taking care to clean and dry hearing aids before going to bed is a good investment of time. Likewise, purchasing—or pulling out of the drawer—a dehumidifier designed to “deep dry” hearing aids overnight is also a positive step.

If spending time outdoors is part of your winter routine, then splurging on some spandex hearing aid covers might also be a good investment. These form-fitting covers slip over the exposed parts of hearing aids and protect them from the elements, especially wetness from snow, sleet, rain (and your sweat).

Speaking of spending time outdoors in the winter, if running a snowblower is part of how you get through to spring then remember to protect your ears from the significant noise they produce. At 100 decibels plus, snowblowers aren’t just dangerous to hands and feet. Earplugs or noise-reducing headphones should be part of your routine (and leave your hearing aids in the house).