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What To Do If Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

What To Do If Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

By: Audiologist, Angie Lederman, MS, CCC-A

Your hearing aids keep you connected to the world around you at all times. Having a hearing loss does not mean that you cannot enjoy the summer and have fun participating in activities. During the summer, the risk of getting hearing aids wet is particularly high. Water and electronics do not mix. The majority of hearing aids are water-resistant, but this does not mean they are waterproof. Take out your hearing aids before you shower, bathe or swim. Water resistance usually only applies to the outer shell of the hearing aid. Does it appear the water is inside the hearing aid? The hearing aid may beat risk of water damage. Here are our tips that may help you prevent permanent water damage to your hearing aids.

 

Tips to Keep Hearing Aids Dry 

Daily care can go a long way towards keeping your hearing aids in tip top shape.

  • Open the battery doors when hearing aids are not in use.
  • Wipe down and clean hearing aids after use.
  • Use sweat covers to protect your hearing aids.
  • Contact us to purchase a hearing aid dehumidifier to store your hearing aids and prevent moisture in the air from damaging hearing aids.

 

How To Dry Hearing Aids

Accidents can happen to all of us. If your hearing aids get wet, first and foremost, do not panic! Luckily, there are options to remedy the situation.

  • Turn your hearing aids off.
  • Remove the battery and dispose of it.
  • Gently shake any water out of the hearing aid and wipe the hearing aid dry. 
  • Dehumidify the hearing aid. Put uncooked rice in a zip-top bag, add the hearing aid to the bag and keep the bag sealed overnight.
  • Look for signs of rust, particularly in the battery door.
  • Make sure you do not use heat to attempt to dry out your hearing aid! Microwaves and ovens can potentially melt hearing aid components beyond repair.

 

After following these steps, replace the battery in the hearing aid and power it on. If there are still issues, contact an audiologist for repair.

 

Hearing Aid Repair at Hear Now Audiology & Tinnitus Center

If you have tried these suggestions but your hearing aids still are not functioning correctly, it is time to contact the experts. At Hear Now Audiology & Tinnitus Center, we are experienced in handling damaged hearing aids and may be able to help. Skilled audiologist Angie Lederman, MS, CCC-A can often repair damaged hearing aids in-house and can send hearing aids into the manufacturer for repair when necessary. Schedule an appointment with us for a free consultation to determine the next step you should take. For some, this may be replacing damaged hearing aids with a new set of hearing aids with the latest technology. We offer a variety of styles by many of the leading hearing aid manufacturers. Contact us now for friendly service for all your hearing healthcare needs.

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