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      How to protect your hearing aids this winter

      By: Sally Bromham | 16 January 2019

      If you use hearing aids, it’s important to look after them in cold and damp weather. Our hearing aid protection products will help keep them clean and germ-free all winter long, and avoid needless trips to the audiologist.

      Winter weather and outdoor clothing (like woolly hats) can increase condensation in your hearing aids and stop them from working properly. Over the next few months, you should check the tubing and battery compartments more often to see if there are any water droplets inside. By using our cleaning and drying accessories, you can keep dirt and debris at bay, so you'll hear more clearly and reduce the risk of infection.

      As well as becoming moist in cold weather, tubing can also become hard and brittle, causing your hearing aids to split or even break. This can result in a high-pitched whistling sound which you may not notice, but it might disturb the people around you. If replace your tubing regularly, this won’t happen as often and your hearing aids will last longer.

      Hearing aid batteries can become depleted more quickly in colder temperatures. Our battery tester and magnet enables you to check the power of your hearing aid batteries, while the magnet makes replacing them less awkward. When your batteries run out, you should change them quickly to prevent any corrosion or rust build-up. This will help you to hear loud and clear.

      Our Adjusting to your hearing aids factsheet explains how you can look after your hearing aids and get the most out of them – whether you’re new to hearing aids or have been using them for a while.

      We’ve everything you need to take good care of your hearing aids, from maintenance packs and cleaning toolsets, to dryers and dehumidifiers. If you look after them throughout the cold, damp winter months, you’ll be able to hear more clearly. And, by using just a few handy tools and simple techniques, you won’t have to keep going back to the audiologist.

      Here’s a roundup of our recommended accessories to keep your hearing aids in tip-top condition all winter long.

      Mini Travel hearing aid dryer

      This portable drying box for hearing aids and cochlear implants is perfect for when you’re on the move and need to remove moisture and eliminate germs from your hearing aids. It’s supplied with a zipped carry pouch for easy transportation.

      • Room for two hearing aids
      • Four-hour drying process removes moisture from hearing aids
      • UV light removes 99.9% of bacteria
      •  Easy-use, single-button operation.

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      H112 Hearing aid cleanerHearing aid cleaner multi tool

      This five-in-one toolset helps you to clean and maintain your hearing aids more easily. It's small and convenient and contains a brush, pick, tube/vent cleaner, battery door opener and magnet for removing the batteries.

      • brush to clear away dust and dirt
      • pick to dislodge wax from hard-to-reach areas
      • tube/vent cleaner for the fiddly job of cleaning inside the tubing
      • battery door opener and magnet to make changing the batteries easier.

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      Hearing aid maintenance packPhonak hearing aid maintenance pack one

      Taking good care of hearing aids means they’ll last longer – saving money and reducing the number of trips to the audiologist. Plus, with fewer blockages, the sound will stay loud and clear. This great-value pack is ideal for anyone with behind-the-ear aids.

      • Air blower to remove moisture from ear mould and tubing
      • Dehumidifier and drying capsules to prevent damaging moisture build-up
      • Precision brush, wire loop tool and vent cleaner to keep hearing aids clean and safe
      • Cleansing spray and wipes to avoid itchy ears by killing off bacteria.

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      DB200 plus hearing aid drying box openAmplicomms DB200+ hearing aid dryer

      This hearing aid drying box is designed to remove moisture and condensation from hearing aids and cochlear implants. It provides a combination of gentle heat to dry excess moisture and UV light to help reduce bacterial growth.

      • Three settings: low humidity (two hours), normal humidity (four hours), high humidity (eight hours)
      • Four UV lights remove 99.9% of bacteria
      • Environmentally friendly – no need for chemicals
      • Built-in hearing aid battery tester.

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      Hearing aid dehumidifierHearing aid dehumidifier

      A simple, effective way to remove moisture from your hearing aids and keep them well maintained. Simply place your hearing aids in the container and, after eight hours, the dehumidifier will have removed any moisture from them.

      • Effective for six months before it needs replacing
      • Can fit two hearing aids
      • The pot can protect your hearing aids when not in use
      • Replacement capsules available.

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      H176 Battery tester and magnetBattery tester and magnet

      Check the charge on your hearing aid batteries at home, work or on the go with this battery tester and magnet. This essential kit includes a battery tester key ring and magnetic pen to help remove fiddly batteries. It’s a compact size to fit in a pocket or handbag.

      • Easy-to-read display
      • Simple and quick results: tick = good, X = bad
      • Compartment to store two additional batteries
      • 2 x LR44 batteries included.

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      H126 Hearing aid cleaning tool setHearing aid cleaning toolset

      This is a great-value, simple tool set to help clean and maintain your hearing aids. The toolset contains a brush, wire loop and vent cleaner.

      • Small, precision brush clears away dust and dirt
      • Wire loop tool is great for the fiddly job of cleaning inside the tubing
      • Vent cleaner to remove dust and dirt that can cause your hearing aids to whistle.

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      H125 Hearing aid air blowerPhonak hearing aid air blower

      This great-value air blower (often called a puffer) is perfect for removing moisture from the earmould and tubing of hearing aids. It helps prevent blockages which may affect the sound quality.
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      Hearing aid batteries

      Don’t forget to stock up on batteries over the winter months. We’ve a range of batteries from major manufacturers, including Rayovac, Power One and Duracell, designed to fit hearing aids and hearing aid products of all shapes and sizes.
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      Tubing replacements

      It's important to replace your hearing aid tubing once every three to six months. This helps to avoid damage or blockages that can reduce the sound quality and cause a high-pitched whistling sound. We stock a selection of hearing aid tubing.
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      Find out more
      For full details about the featured hearing aid accessories, click the ‘More Information’ button underneath each description above, or view our entire range here. You can also contact our expert Customer Services team who will advise on the most suitable accessories for you, or a loved one:
      Telephone 03330 144 525
      Textphone 03330 144 530
      Email solutions@hearingloss.org.uk
      Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

      We’re the only UK charity with a full range of products for people living with deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus, so we’re the ideal source of impartial advice. And every purchase means that you’re helping fund research to cure hearing loss within a generation.

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