Just as with any other electronic equipment, hearing aids should be kept away from water at all times. However, daily showering or even just the joys of the great British weather can sometimes make this difficult. When a hearing aid becomes wet, many peoples’ instinctive reaction is to panic- after all this is something you’ve come to rely on daily to help you communicate and keep up with conversations. Suddenly left with the prospect of a damaged hidden hearing aid can leave you feeling frightened and isolated, however, there are certain steps you can take to help reduce the harm caused.
- Switch off your hearing aid immediately. Stay calm and simply switch off your hearing aid at the first opportunity.
- Next, remove the battery from your hearing aid. To minimize damage, wipe thoroughly with a dry cloth.
- Shake the hearing aid to remove excess water. Before you do so, be sure to check that the battery compartment is open.
- Place your hearing aid on some dry newspaper before placing it on a warm radiator for a while with the battery compartment left open.
These are all tips that can help limit the damage caused to your hearing aid for one-off accidents. However, a really useful tool to have around the house is a dehumidifier. Great for both maintenance and care, this system works by removing all humidity from the hearing aid, in turn helping to dry the wax out, getting rid of bad smells and bacteria.
These systems are normally very affordable and last for quite a long time without the need to replace so they’re worth investing in. Check online for customer reviews to find the best one. They are particularly popular among those who lead active lifestyles, helping to dehumidify the sweat you build up.
Again, the steps for using a dehumidifier are similar to the above. Remember to take out the battery, dry both the hearing aid and the battery, and leave the device in the dehumidifying system for approximately 3-4 cycles.
For anyone who is particularly worried about their hearing aid or after further information on the best ways to care for it, the best advice would be to either contact the manufacturer or look for guidance from a company specializing in the industry. Well established names in the field should be able to provide you with plenty of expertise on-ear and hearing aid care.