What Occurs Once Your Hearing Aid Gets Wet?

You need to learn early on that your hearing aid is a complex device that needs to be taken care of in an attentive and careful manner. Although made to be strong and flexible, hearing aids can still be damaged easily if they are not properly cared for. Perhaps the most detrimental condition for a hearing aid is moisture; which is why your audiologist probably advised you against using your hearing aid where moisture could have a chance of getting into it. This also means that you should not wear your hearing aid when you are swimming; taking a bath or a shower; during workouts that would cause excessive sweating and most especially, when it is raining and you have to walk outside. Getting the hearing aid wet would cause a lot of damage on the device especially when you do not do what you can to make sure that it has dried properly.

This, obviously, does not mean that you would stay away from water; it is just that you have to make sure that the hearing aid does not get wet directly. If you happen to get caught in the rain and you are wearing your hearing device, make sure that you will remove it and keep it in a water proof case or at the very least, keep your head dry to avoid any moisture reaching inside the hearing aid it is not possible to take it off. The reason is that water has a very corrosive effect and this can damage the electrical circuitry of your hearing aid and would cause it to stop working. So in the event that your hearing aid – despite all your best efforts at keeping your head and the hearing aid dry – gets wet from the rain?

There are actually a number of ways that a hearing aid can get wet. However, so long as you act quickly, there are a number of things that you can do to prevent your hearing aid from taking that final trip to the trash, depending, of course, on the amount of moisture it got exposed to. For example, if a few drops of water trickled down to the casing of the hearing aid, just simply wipe it off immediately with a soft tissue or clean, soft cloth. You can also ask about water resistant hearing aids from your audiologist especially if you live or work in areas where there is always high levels of moisture. This is also helpful if you find yourself needing to participate in activities that would expose your hearing aid to excessive moisture or water. Use waterproof, protective wrapping when you take off your hearing aid, regardless if you are doing so at home. If your hearing aid gets soaked, use a dehumidifier on the device overnight; your audiologist can recommend the best products in the market.

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