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How the Heat Impacts Hearing Aids
As any hearing aid wearer knows, sweat, itchiness and overheating can come with wearing a hearing aid full-time. But during the hottest summer months, there are even more things you should be aware of – and even more ways you can make sure your hearing aids don’t get in the way of enjoying your vacation.
Heat Can Make the Batteries Work Harder
Hearing aid batteries are not the same as regular batteries. They’re lithium-ion, which means they store more energy than your typical AA or AAA batteries. However, heat can make their job more difficult and cause problems for the hearing aid wearer and the battery itself.
The most common problem is a decrease in battery life due to exposure to heat. So, if you’re wearing your hearing aids on a sweltering day, it’s essential to keep them out of direct sunlight or other heat sources so that your batteries don’t get overheated and die quickly.
Heat Can Cause Sweating
Heat can cause sweating, leading to several problems with your hearing aids. Dehydration is a major issue for those who wear hearing aids because it prevents the ears from re-wetting after the moisture evaporates. As a result, hearing aid users are more likely to experience dryness and discomfort in their ear canal than people without hearing loss. Although the extra moisture may not seem like much of an issue at first glance, it can cause severe damage if left untreated over time.
Heat Can Cause Moisture Buildup
Moisture can cause corrosion of the hearing aid’s internal electronics. This can lead to potential damage and a shorter lifespan, which you do not want when you’re paying thousands of dollars for your equipment. In addition, moisture can cause earwax buildup on hearing aids. It may require you to use more cleaning solutions than normal and even need them to be serviced by an audiologist sooner than expected.
Hearing Aids Can be Damaged by Heat and Humidity
Heat and humidity can affect your hearing aids. Heat can damage the battery, cause sweating and cause a lot of moisture in the air, thus overheating your hearing aid. Hearing aids are electronic devices that need to be kept at an optimal temperature for proper function. If you live in a hot climate, you should keep this in mind when selecting a pair of hearing aids.
We hope we’ve given you a better understanding of how heat affects your hearing aids. While the chances are fairly low that you will have any lasting damage from leaving your hearing aids in a hot car, it’s important to watch them. The last thing you want is for them to break from being too hot! So, check on them if they’re sitting in a warm place for too long, and take care of yourself by properly storing them when not in use!