Most hearing aids are designed to be resistant to moisture, and can even survive being soaked or drenched. Nonetheless, they should be kept away from water as much as possible like most electric devices because it can damage them substantially. However in life we deal with accidents and unforeseen circumstances, such as getting rained on and then your device gets wet…….
or totally forgetting to remove them when taking a shower. You only need to remember what you have to do should this happen so that you don’t lose your hearing aids for good and have to replace them.
Immediately switch off your hearing aid when they get wet and remove the battery from the hearing aid. This will stop any further electronic damage by cutting off the electric flow. After the batteries have been removed, make sure to dry them using a dry cloth. You can also shake the hearing aid to get rid of any leftover water residue, leaving the battery compartment open so that it totally dries as well will be helpful. With your battery compartment still open, place your hearing aid on a piece of paper in a moderately warm radiator for some time to get the gadget to completely dry.
A dehumidifier is also very useful for the maintenance and care of hearing aids. After following the same process of physically drying the device with a drying cloth, place your hearing aid in the dehumidifying system for a day then place a new battery or recharged one into the hearing aid and check if it works.
Should your hearing aids get wet with dirty or salty water, you still follow the same procedure but you must remember to rinse the device with clean water before placing it in the dehumidifier.
It’s not an utter train-smash if you don’t have a dehumidifier because you can use a hairdryer or a fan to blow-dry it. What’s important to remember is not to let the aid get too hot so don’t use the hairdryer on a high-heat. Use low-heat and keep the dryer at some distance from the aid. Excessive heat may actually be more damaging to your device than water.
Finally, your hearing aids are an important investment and it’s always smart to make sure you take good care of them so that you enjoy using them for as long as possible. Reading the manual to fully understand how to maintain them is crucial and cleaning them periodically to ensure effective performance.