Does body heat affect hearing aids, such as sweat?

Mart

Member
Now we're in the summer season, I love going for long walks, usually in the countryside, my problem is I get hot very easily & sweat quite a bit, I have only the 1 aid & I'm pretty much bald, so sweat runs down the side of my face easily I've tried wearing a baseball cap or any headgear, but find I get even hotter wearing a hat.

I've had the aid for almost 2 years now & still not too sure what happens if it gets really hot, when I get home It feels mildly damp & quite warm, I always give it a good wipe with a moist tissue to keep it clean, anyone know if aids can take heat & would it stop working?.
 

x1heavy

Active Member
I have had trouble with the older tube to mold behind the ear hearing aids, I don't use them anymore as of almost 30 years ago. (Im mid 50's) primarily because of the higher maintaince required at the audiologist. Back and forth several times a year. Plus new molds in that time.

I used in ear digital since then. They are self contained in a whole mold. However...

I am a trucker, I have been out in -100 with wind chills and discover that the hearing aids quit working when they get too cold at the battery in about 20 minutes. I have been at 160 Above and they ran fine. Just needed new batteries and a chance to cool down. Too hot to put into ears. We had a cab cooler that usually was about 40 or so. And the ice section about 30 F. Toss them in there for 5 minutes and they have the heat taken out of them. But not so cold as they cannot be used.

One situation I learned not to take them into is cold storage. Some of those places get to be about -70 trailer would be -30 at most. And it will be half a day to move the food or meats from the floor to the pallets to be racked. I take the hearing aids out and put them into a sort of a fabric zipper bag that goes into my pocket where it stays warm. Im usually in T shirt and cutoffs anyway working in that cold having fully adapted.

Another situation is in storm areas. If you are taking a load into a active hurricane, tropical storm or a derechio etc with massive rain, you stick the hearing aids into a waterproof bag before you enter the storm itself. They will stay dry. YOU get soaked. So there is a whole routine to drying out which sometimes is as simple as laying on the roof of trailer in the bright warm sun for 15 minutes.

Used to have them rebuilt every ten years or so at the lab that the company at the time had. Cost me about 500 dollars and new molds were a little extra. They replace everything bad inside of them, usually the very small wires. Wear and tear in trucking is extreme. Weather first followed by trauma abuse etc. you get hit in the head sometimes in either violence against thugs or predators or falling cargo or something else. They hold up pretty well.

The one failure in those hearing aids sometimes is mountain work. You go from say sea level to 3 miles up (13000 or so feet up) in half a hour to a hour and the vents sometimes are not adequate for the pop. Especially if there is a storm front up top. Getting back down can be painful depending on the descent speed. Your body compenstates for a lot, but as long you had fluids to drink and gum to chew it helps the pop and keep your hearing. Sometimes I just take the aids out and wait until we are finished with the mountain work anyway. Too loud most of the time with the roaring Cat engine and thundering jake braking all day or night.
 
Idk about hearing aids but as a mental health care professional I thought I'd pass a completely unrelated tidbit of information as the temperatures rise.

Anti-psychotics. Past about 85 degrees; they aren't as effective. This happens for a few reasons that snowball into each other. They can make a person run a little warmer anyway, then we start sweating and sweat is out. Also, we tend to increase our fluid intake when it is hot and flush our systems.

My first summer with the agency; I noticed that several of my clients (all med compliant as it is part of my job to help them stay that way) seemed to decompensate all at once. I asked the med provider and she explained all of this to me. Injections that usually work for a month...can start to see push through symptoms within 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. Some get pill forms to PRN during the summer.

No one asked about this but it was a valuable lesson that I try to pass along because it seems little known and I want everyone to be as safe and stable as they can be this summer. With each psychotic break, a person never quite recovers to the place there were previously.

Stay hydrated! Stay well :)
 

deerheart12

Active Member
these might help and there are dehumidifier there as well that might help dry it out. Maybe your audiologist might have suggestions too.


 

Mart

Member
Hey Heavy, thanks for your input, it certainly sounds like you've put a few aids through their paces, as usual always interesting to read your posts.

Hey Ellie, thank you for your post, that's very good advice for everyone, stay safe & well yourself Ellie.:)

Hey Deerheart, thanks for your post, I never realized you could get dehumidifiers for hearing aids, good links, but I'm from the UK, I'm going to check this one out in the UK.
 
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x1heavy

Active Member
It is always good to have a device to take the moisture out of them in the night when sleeping etc. A presumption is made that one takes hearing aids out at home when asleep. (In trucking I sometimes did not in high threat areas and slept lightly if at all)

To the other poster regarding medicines and temperatures, I take medicine for several purposes each month and if for whatever reason they run out of supply sometimes they do not get refilled. (Schedule two medicines do not get refills until you have seen a doctor, per Federal DEA Order as of mid 2014. That cuts down on people getting early refills completely. The summer heat or winter cold affects the body in various ways as it deals with medicine or not.

In cold weather I tend to eat a great deal. Food as energy and a means to stay warm while doing heavy labor. In those days going through 10,000 calories and moving 100,000 pounds of freight in 30 hours seperated by driving hundreds of miles was common. Just a expensive food bill with all that eating. I remember some of the roach coaches and street food trucks in various places serving up really good stuff. Just not necessarily what you would consider healthy food. I stayed 150 pounds half my life anyway despite all that. IF I ate like that now well I would be dead from obesity.

Anyway at the end of the day, drying out the hearing aids help them. If you can make it happen. I dont just put hearing aids through the paces, I tend to destroy them. When they get to a quality and able to hold up 10 years with that kind of work and abuse then they were really good hearing aids. Unfortunately that company went out of business. Partly because the very good aids were also very expensive. My last pair was just at 3400 dollars 20 years ago. That would be about 5500 today. Not too many can afford that. My latest pair is stripped down and only 1100 dollars. Nothing fancy. But were the same technology and design as the older ones from trucking and should be my last pair in my lifetime.

One last thought.

In Arkansas some years on my lands even with trees and shade we burn about 6 weeks late summer. Sometimes 130 outside at midday or a little later depending on the weather situation which would be rather bad at times to support that kind of heat. I have learned not to wear hearing aids outside when its the burn season because they heat up too much in the sun. You learn to adapt by not mowing grass or doing any labor in the hot hours. You did that work late at night by moonlight or hired someone to cut the grass while you stayed inside in air conditioning. Come inside from say 116 and 90% humidty and sweating into a house at 68 and 40% give or take... you end up taking the hearing aids out for a brief time. Dry them off and cool them down.

The hottest I have been personally with hearing aids was one night when the AC failed in Spartansburg overnight. It was 100 through the night and the cab inside had reached 160 with me in it. Took 3 gallons of sweet tea over 9 hours that day to recover. The hearing aids needed rebuilding with new molds. Thats was pretty much it for them. That kind of heat was life threatening that day. The AC was replaced later that week.

A local audiologist in Charlotte built the molds for 60 bucks, shipped them to maryland with the old units and they had the lab rebuild everything. I was back later that month to get them. We ignored for that month federal regulations requiring me to be able to hear. We had satellite comms so phone talk was not needed.
 
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It is always good to have a device to take the moisture out of them in the night when sleeping etc. A presumption is made that one takes hearing aids out at home when asleep. (In trucking I sometimes did not in high threat areas and slept lightly if at all)

To the other poster regarding medicines and temperatures, I take medicine for several purposes each month and if for whatever reason they run out of supply sometimes they do not get refilled. (Schedule two medicines do not get refills until you have seen a doctor, per Federal DEA Order as of mid 2014. That cuts down on people getting early refills completely. The summer heat or winter cold affects the body in various ways as it deals with medicine or not.

In cold weather I tend to eat a great deal. Food as energy and a means to stay warm while doing heavy labor. In those days going through 10,000 calories and moving 100,000 pounds of freight in 30 hours seperated by driving hundreds of miles was common. Just a expensive food bill with all that eating. I remember some of the roach coaches and street food trucks in various places serving up really good stuff. Just not necessarily what you would consider healthy food. I stayed 150 pounds half my life anyway despite all that. IF I ate like that now well I would be dead from obesity.

Anyway at the end of the day, drying out the hearing aids help them. If you can make it happen. I dont just put hearing aids through the paces, I tend to destroy them. When they get to a quality and able to hold up 10 years with that kind of work and abuse then they were really good hearing aids. Unfortunately that company went out of business. Partly because the very good aids were also very expensive. My last pair was just at 3400 dollars 20 years ago. That would be about 5500 today. Not too many can afford that. My latest pair is stripped down and only 1100 dollars. Nothing fancy. But were the same technology and design as the older ones from trucking and should be my last pair in my lifetime.

One last thought.

In Arkansas some years on my lands even with trees and shade we burn about 6 weeks late summer. Sometimes 130 outside at midday or a little later depending on the weather situation which would be rather bad at times to support that kind of heat. I have learned not to wear hearing aids outside when its the burn season because they heat up too much in the sun. You learn to adapt by not mowing grass or doing any labor in the hot hours. You did that work late at night by moonlight or hired someone to cut the grass while you stayed inside in air conditioning. Come inside from say 116 and 90% humidty and sweating into a house at 68 and 40% give or take... you end up taking the hearing aids out for a brief time. Dry them off and cool them down.

The hottest I have been personally with hearing aids was one night when the AC failed in Spartansburg overnight. It was 100 through the night and the cab inside had reached 160 with me in it. Took 3 gallons of sweet tea over 9 hours that day to recover. The hearing aids needed rebuilding with new molds. Thats was pretty much it for them. That kind of heat was life threatening that day. The AC was replaced later that week.

A local audiologist in Charlotte built the molds for 60 bucks, shipped them to maryland with the old units and they had the lab rebuild everything. I was back later that month to get them. We ignored for that month federal regulations requiring me to be able to hear. We had satellite comms so phone talk was not needed.
Off subject, but thought I'd ask, Do they make "Hearing" Ade, for people with only one ear?
Not being able to localize sounds, is very hard on the psyche, and all the sounds try to get in all at once, all the time.
 

FunnyFox121

New Member
I have a box that dries out hearing aids in around three hours. I play ice hockey and sweat a ton and my hearing aid gets wet from sweat. I recommend an electric box that dries them out. I also have rechargables, so I can’t just take out batteries. I hope this helps in some way.
 

Barbaro

Well-Known Member
I live in Texas. If I work out during the winter season, I can keep my hearing aids on. During the summer, I remove them and put them in small dehumidifier jars. What I use is Hal-Hen Super Dri Aid.
 
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