Hot Weather Tips for Hearing Aid Users
HOT weather is coming. HOT weather also brings heat, humidity and air conditioning all of which can wreak havoc on hearing aids. Moisture collects in tubing, corrosion forms on contact points, and ears may produce more wax.
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- Be particularly careful when wearing hearing aids outdoors in wet and rainy weather. Use an umbrella or hat when it is raining.
- Ensure that your hair and ears are dry before you put on your hearing aids.
- If perspiration is excessive, avoid wearing hearing aids during strenuous activity particularly in hot, humid weather.
- If the hearing aids get wet, it is important to remove the battery promptly and let the hearing aids dry out for several hours. If you have a Dri-Aid kit, use it to facilitate drying of the hearing aids.
- Do not use a hot air dryer, oven, clothes dryer, microwave, or other source of heat to dry hearing aids.
- Always carry extra batteries for your hearing aids as batteries tend to die quickly, sometimes unexpectedly.
- Do not keep extra batteries loose in your pocket or purse with other coins or metal objects.
- Store batteries in a drawer, not in the refrigerator.
- For longer battery life especially during the hot and humid months of summer, open the battery compartment or remove the battery from your hearing aids every night.
- Do not remove the tab on the hearing aid battery until you plan to use the battery.
- Watch for corrosion on the battery. If you notice a white powdery substance on the battery, replace it immediately. Also, check the battery contacts within the hearing aid to assure they are free of corrosion.
- Battery contacts may be dried with a dry cotton swab in cases of humid weather or heavy perspiration.