Winter is coming. The time of year that most threatens our ear and hearing aid health. In fact, it is during the winter months that cold-related diseas, such as tinnitus or otitis, most commonly surface and it becomes necessary to adopt preventive behaviors and/or go the extra mile to care of our hearing devices, using things such as hearing aid dehumidifiers.
Another factor that should not be underestimated is wind. In addition to creating unwanted noise and interference, wind can contaminate the hearing aid. In fact, wind, especially at high speeds, lifts and drags dust particles and fragments that can enter the device. These fragments can cause permanent damage and impair the function of the hearing aid.
Rain, with its unpredictability, poses one of the greatest threats to a hearing aid. A sudden downpour or a light drizzle exposes the device to the same type of risk if proper prevention is not taken. This is because water and electrical circuits do not go hand and hand regardless of the amount of water it may be exposed to. To avoid any problems, it is always best to protect your device from the rain, whatever its nature may be, and ensure the device has not being exposed to too much water or humidity.
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Taking care of hearing aids means taking care of your ears, which is why we should always protect the devices even on vacation. To avoid exposing them to the cold, you can wear a hat, a beanie or earmuffs. In case of rain, you can also opt for a rain hat. The important thing is that it is able to keep both ears and hearing aids warm and protected.
One of the most important factors of proper hearing aid care is routine maintenance. To ensure the proper functioning of the device, one should not forget to:
These simple actions can make not only a vacation better, but also your everyday life with the device.
Tinnitus and winter often go hand in hand. Properly functioning hearing aids can help prevent the onset of discomfort. It is best to keep in mind that the cold could easily affect the functionality of tinnitus-specific devices, such as the Titinnus Noiuser or Masker. Oftentimes, the cold may trigger unwanted feedback, a whistling sound emitted by the device itself. Protectors, dehumidifiers and proper cleaning precautions can help keep your hearing clean functioning propefly all winter long.
Hearing aids can be used when practicing winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding. Some of the greatest sportsmen wear their aids while skiing. A few precautions are all you need to be able to make use of your device when practicing extreme sports. For example, protecting the hearing aids from the wind is a must, as you do not wish to bothered by invasive or unwanted noises. However, the most important precaution to keep in mind is to keep them away from the snow and ensure that they do not get wet. Using a tight-fitting, insulating hat or headband can prevent both scenarios and protect the batteries from extreme temperatures.
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