Imagine the scenario. You’re enjoying a casual stroll through the trail at Lake Shawnee. You’re about three miles in when you start to notice the rain clouds. Before you know it, you’re caught in a downpour with nowhere to hide. Eventually, you get back to your car and not only are you soaked you realize your hearing aids got wet as well. What do you do?
Even if you never find yourself in the above scenario, there are still many ways to accidentally get your hearing aids wet, such as forgetting to take them out before swimming or showering. Even extended periods of time in an extremely hot and humid environment can damage hearing aids if you don’t properly care for and clean them.
Let’s examine the ways in which water and humidity pose a threat to your hearing aids and go over actions you can take if they get wet.
How Do Water and Humidity Damage My Hearing Aids?
In general, we know it’s a good idea to not let water or moisture get on any of our electronic devices, and hearing aids are no different. Not only can it create decrease longevity and cause electrical malfunctions, but the metal parts of hearing aids can also corrode with repeated exposure to moisture and humidity.
If Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
The first thing to do when your hearing aids get wet is to take them out as soon as possible and remove the battery. One of the best ways to dry them is by using a drying box, which are small boxes that use air and heat to dry hearing aids.
Place your hearing aids in the drying box with the batteries still removed and the battery drawer open for air to circulate. Then simply close and press start. Drying can take anywhere from 45 minutes to eight hours. Drying boxes are available for both standard and rechargeable hearing aids, and some come with UV lighting to sanitize while also drying your device.
Another option for when your hearing aids get wet is to use a dehumidifier that uses desiccants. These are a great option for when you’re unable to easily plug in your drying box or somewhere without reliable electricity (say on a camping trip).
Whatever method you use, it is important to dry and care for your hearing aids right away if they get wet. Hearing aids are an investment in your health and well-being and making sure they are properly cared for means you’ll have longer-lasting performance and a higher quality hearing experience.
If you’re having any issues with your hearing aids, have additional questions or want to schedule an appointment, contact Topeka ENT today to speak with an expert audiologist.