During the winter, the biggest threat to hearing aids is moisture. The problem with cold weather is that it often includes rapid changes in temperature to your device. If you’re outside, the drop in temperature might be pretty extreme from that of a heated home or car. These rapid changes in temperature can produce condensation. It’s optimal to check your hearing aid regularly in cold weather to guard against damage caused by moisture.
Of course, at U.S. Hearing Solutions, we provide a lifetime warrantee on our hearing devices, as well as free cleanings and repairs. So if at any time you feel your hearing aid is not working the way it should, please contact your nearest location.
How Will You Know if Your Hearing Aid Has Been Damaged by Moisture?
There are a few warning signs that your hearing aid might have been damaged. Some of these things can also occur because the battery is damaged or needs to be changed, so the first thing you want to do is check the battery. If the battery is corroded in any way, you want to dispose of it immediately. Change the batteries and see if the problems persist. If it does, here are symptoms of a damaged hearing aid:
- Fading Sound. The sound fades in and out or doesn’t stay at the same volume level consistently.
- Static. If you’re hearing static frequently or if each sound has a trail of static after it, there may be a moisture issue.
- Stops Working. Your hearing aid may stop working completely with no warning. Or it may stop working but then start working again. If it starts working again, that does not mean the problem is solved.
- Clarity. If the sound is no longer crisp, there may be damage.
Do These Signs Mean There’s Moisture Damage?
Before you determine there’s moisture damage, first check that the switch is in the right position and hasn’t been moving into the off position. Then, you’ll want to check the tubing to make sure it’s intact and there’s no sign of damage or cracking. Check the ear mold because wax can build up and impede your device. You should also check the battery contact points to make sure they’re clean and dry.
You’ll want to take precautions to make sure your hearing aid does not get damaged by moisture. You could use a hearing aid drying kit to help prevent moisture. You should also remove the battery right away if you think moisture may have gotten in. Other precautions include covering the device and making sure to use hats and other outerwear to protect your hearing aid from the weather.
If you’ve carefully checked your device and the problem persists, you may have moisture damage. If you need help repairing your hearing aid, please contact U.S. Hearing Solutions for assistance. For all your hearing loss and hearing care needs, contact your nearest location today.