Today is looking at being the hottest day of the year let alone the hottest day we have ever had in July!
We are expecting temperatures to hit 38°C, this will be the hottest day in July since last recorded at Heathrow airport on 1st of July 2015, when temperatures peaked at 36.7°C.
With the extremely hot weather in mind we thought it might be a good time to remind everyone that extreme heat can damage or even destroy your hearing aids and hearing aid batteries. Although it is possible for the plastic casing on your hearing aids to melt in high heat, but before that could happen it’s more likely that your hearing aids will be damaged internally. For example, high heat can damage the electronics inside the device and dramatically reduce your battery life.
How Hot is Too Hot?
Hearing aids are meant to be worn behind and inside your ear where they are usually protected and shaded from direct heat. In fact, in most cases heat damage to hearing aids happens when people take them out. Here is a list of things to avoid:
Don't leave hearing aids in the sun
If you decide to go for a swim, it is important to not place your hearing aids on a table or a towel that is in the direct sunlight.
Don’t leave your hearing aids in a hot car
Depending on where you live and if the windows are rolled up or down, temperatures inside a hot car can reach up to 120 degrees. That may not be enough to melt plastic, but that’s far above the normal operation temperature for hearing aids. At that temperature you may risk damaging the internal electronics, and batteries can lose their charge as a result of the extreme heat. This will drastically limit the life of batteries.
Don’t use a hair dryer to dry hearing aids
People are more likely to go swimming and sweat during the summer, increasing the likelihood that hearing aids will get wet. If this happens, you may be tempted to dry out your hearing aids quickly with artificial heat. Don’t do it, far too many people find themselves with melted hearing aids.
How to Avoid Heat Damage to Hearing Aids
The best way to avoid heat damage is simply to make sure your hearing aids are always stored in a cool dry place, like in their case or a drawer next to your bed. If you are out, make sure to bring the case with you. If you have to take them out of your ears while in hot weather, make sure to put them in the case and that the case stays inside a bag or under a towel, so it won’t heat up too much.
To dry off wet hearing aids, simply wipe them off and open the battery doors to let them dry naturally.
Following the above guidelines and suggestions can help keep your hearing aids cool, all summer long.
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