The Impact The Elements Could Have On Your Hearing Aids

It is important to understand that hearing aids are affected by both cold and hot weather. When we sweat in the hot summer months, hearing aids can get damaged by moisture. However, the cold can cause moisture damage as well. Condensation occurs when we go inside and outside of buildings, where we experience temperature fluctuations. Anyone who wears a hearing aid must know what the signs of moisture damage are, and what they can do if it occurs. Naturally, those who wear a hearing aid will also be taught how to prevent damage from happening in the first place.

Moisture can affect the microphone and the receiver of a hearing aid. Also, the tubing of the ear-mold can easily get clogged up. This leads to corrosion. One sign is to find a hearing aid cuts out if exposed to loud noises. Another sign is when sound starts to fade, or to come and go. Additionally, sound starts to get punctuated by static. Another thing to look out for is distorted or unclear sound. One final sign is when a hearing aid completely switches itself off and then starts again. When this sign appears, it is safe to say your hearing aid is significantly broken.

However, never assume you have moisture damage before performing a few checks first. Start by making sure that your T-switch is correctly placed. Secondly, make sure that the batteries are in the correct place. In many cases, the signs are caused by empty batteries instead. You also have to make sure your batteries aren’t corroded. If you see a white powdery substance on your batteries, they are corroded. Throw them out immediately. Simply use a cotton swab if you notice any moisture in between your batteries, creating contact. Also check your wax protection system and clean it if needed. Finally, make sure there are no cracks or frays in the tubing. Only if none of these problems are present does it becoming likely that moisture is the problem. In BTE (behind the ear) models, it is common to find moisture droplets in the tubing. You can get rid of this by using an earmold puffer. Alternatively, have your hearing aid fitted with a moisture dispersing tube. A special drying device is needed for in-the-ear models. Hopefully, this will help you dry your hearing aid before the damage becomes irreparable. This also demonstrates how important it is that you take preventative measures before you get to the point of the hearing aid getting damaged.

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