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Now the autumn is here and it’s getting colder and wetter, you need to take extra care of your hearing aids.
Unless you’re working outside for many hours in the freezing cold, it’s highly unlikely that your hearing aids will be affected by the low temperature. The real problem is caused by the condensation which occurs when you go from being outside in the cold, to coming inside your warm and cosy home.
It’s easier than you think to work up a sweat when you’re outdoors in the autumn, especially if you’re doing something active like clearing leaves from your drive, taking part in sport or even going for a brisk walk. Unless you’ve got a water-resistant hearing aid, moisture can be its worst enemy. Humidity, perspiration, condensation or accidentally dropping your hearing aid in the sink or shower can; ruin the microphone and receiver, clog the earmould tubing and sound outlet and cause corrosion.
Here are some signs your hearing aid may have been damaged by moisture:
- Your hearing aid cuts out during loud noises
- Your hearing aid stops working, then suddenly begins working again
- Sound seems to fade, or come and go
- Sound is accompanied by static
- Sounds are unclear or distorted
If you have any of these problems with your hearing aids, turn them off and remove the batteries. Since many of these problems can be caused by batteries which need replacing, try putting in some new ones. Remove any moisture from where the batteries touch the hearing aids with a dry cotton swab first. Check to make sure the earmould and sound outlet aren’t clogged with wax and the tubing isn’t frayed or cracked.
If your hearing aid still doesn’t work, you could try:
- Buying a hearing aid drying kit or dehumidifier and following the directions
- Putting it on newspaper to air-dry for at least 24 hours
- Sealing your hearing aid in a plastic bag containing 190g of uncooked rice – rice can work like a dehumidifier and soak up any water from your hearing aid
- Use a fan or hairdryer on its lowest setting – do not use high heat
- If your hearing aid isn’t working after trying one or more of these suggestions, get in touch with us and we can advise further.
The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is a charity whose mission is: “A world where no one suffers from tinnitus.”
They have produced some clear and helpful advice on how to protect yourself – well worth a read.
If you’ve been cooling down from the recent spell of hot weather by going swimming it may be a good idea to think about protecting your ears from the effects of repeated exposure to water.
Otitis externa (also known as swimmer’s ear) is a condition that causes inflammation (redness and swelling) of the external ear canal, which is the tube between the outer ear and eardrum. It’s known as swimmer’s ear as lots of exposure to water can cause:
- ear pain, which can be severe
- itchiness in the ear canal
- a discharge of liquid or pus from the ear
- some degree of temporary hearing loss
Otitis externa is relatively common, with an estimated 1 in 10 people being affected by it at some point in their lives.
Experts advise that regular swimmers, consider using ear plugs when swimming or wearing a swimming cap to cover their ears and protect them from water.
Coventry and Leamington Hearing Centres make custom-fit, full shell swim plugs that keep water out of the ear canal and offer protection for those prone to ear infections or other problems. Swim plugs are a safe, effective way to protect your ears and prevent discomfort when doing an activity you enjoy.
Our swim plugs are available in soft silicone or floatable silicone. They’re also available in a wide variety of colours and glitters, so you can customise them to your own style.
Thank you to all who attended or showed an interest in our Open Day. Don’t worry if you missed out, we will be holding more events soon…