Moisture and Your Hearing Aids
Moisture and hearing aids do not go together. Exposure to any water, humidity, condensation or sweat can wreak havoc on a pair of hearing aids. While technology is advancing, making devices water resistant and more durable, it’s still not enough to keep moisture from damaging your hearing aids. Because of the smaller designs and advanced circuitry required to do their job, it is difficult to completely protect hearing aids from all moisture hazards.
Purchase the right tools
To combat damage to your hearing aids from moisture, consider investing in two hearing aid maintenance tools — a hearing aid blower and hearing aid dehumidifier.
As warm moist air from the ear canals goes out to the cooler tubing walls, moisture can collect on the inside of the earmold tubing.
If you notice moisture in the tubing of a typical behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, use a hearing aid blower to force the moisture out of the tubing. A hearing aid blower helps keep earmolds and tubing clear of moisture, dirt and debris. To use, unhook the tubing from the earhook, insert the bulb into the tubing and squeeze. A typical hearing aid blower costs around $4 – well worth the investment of unobstructed sound.
A hearing aid humidifier is also an inexpensive accessory for reducing moisture in your hearing aids. These kits range between $7 and $12 and provide nighttime storage and a safe place to keep aids overnight. They work by absorbing moisture from the aids into crystals within the jar. As each brand is different, make sure to follow the directions included with the kit to maintain the crystals. Sometimes, the crystals require reactivation after a certain amount of time.
What to do if your hearing aid gets wet
Should your hearing aids be exposed to excess moisture, place them in a jar and contact your hearing healthcare professional. They will provide additional instructions, which may include home remedies to try or simply bringing it into the office for a thorough checkup.
Keep in mind that daily routines are also important in preventing moisture damage to hearing aids.
Try your best to stick to a routine when using your hearing aids and be smart about where you store your hearing aids. For example — don’t leave your hearing aids in the bathroom if you shower in the morning; you won’t want to the humidity and moisture from your steamy shower to damage your devices.