While modern hearing aids are generally reliable, problems can result when they are exposed to moisture. Summer is a particularly challenging time due to high humidity and outdoor activities. However, there are some things you can do to keep your hearing aids in good working order and continue to enjoy the sounds of summer.
Hearing aids are complex and delicate instruments. Moisture inside may cause them to sound weak or not work at all. Even a small amount from condensation or perspiration, which contains minerals and salts, can quickly damage hearing aid components. It is a good idea to remove your aids before taking a shower, entering a sauna or engaging in strenuous exercise.
If you suspect moisture in your hearing aid, remove the battery right away. Next, wipe the hearing aid and battery door with a dry cloth. Allow the battery and hearing aid to dry overnight in a safe place with the battery door open. Consider doing this every night if you spend a lot of time in the elements.
If your hearing aid is exposed to a large amount of moisture (for example, if it ends up in a sink full of dishwater), call your hearing professional as soon as possible. Most will have an electronic dryer that can help prevent permanent damage. Never attempt to dry your hearing instrument in the microwave or oven.
If moisture is a continual problem, store your hearing aid in an airtight container along with a jar of silica gel crystals, which can be found in craft and hobby stores. Instructions for building a hearing aid dehumidifier are available from The Hearing Professionals.
It is also important to wash and dry your hands before handling your hearing aids. Dirt from outdoor activities and residues from sunscreen lotion are among the many substances that can harm your hearing aids.
More important than protecting your hearing aids is preventing more hearing loss. Do not wear your hearing aids when mowing the lawn or using any type of power equipment — they are loud enough already! You may even consider wearing ear plugs in these situations.
If your hearing aids are not working 100%, call The Hearing Professionals today and we will diagnose the problem, fix them and ensure they are tip-top working condition.