Hearing Aid Care Tips: What to Do When Your Hearing Aid Gets Wet
You’ve heard it before – one of the worst things for your hearing aid is water and moisture. Like most electronics, hearing aids depend on being dry to operate at their best. Even a bit of moisture (like perspiration) can cause damage to your aid. It’s important to keep your aid away from environments that may cause water damage.
Of course, mistakes happen. Sometimes we find our aids in non-working order after coming into contact with water. Even if your aid was fully submerged in water, it doesn’t always spell certain disaster for your aid. Here’s what to do when your hearing aid gets wet.
Turn It Off and Take Out the Battery
When you find that your hearing aid has gotten wet, it’s important to act quickly. Your first step should be to turn off your aid and remove the battery. Sometimes we are tempted to wait to see if our aid will turn back on, but doing so will likely result in permanent damage.
Remove the Tube and Dry with a Tissue or Towel
Your next step is to remove as much excess moisture with a tissue or towel. Before you do, make sure to close the battery door to prevent any dander or damage within the aid. Use a soft towel or tissue to gently dry your aid. Finish up by gently shaking remaining moisture from your aid.
Dry with a Hair Dryer or Fan (on Low Heat!)
If you have a hair dryer or a fan, you can use these to help remove even more moisture from your aid – but only with care. Excessive heat is even worse for hearing aids than moisture, so it’s important that you don’t cause even more damage by over-heating your aid.
Set your hair dryer on the lowest heat setting and hold it about a foot away from your aid. This steady flow of aid will help remove some extra moisture. Do this for about 10 minutes before the next step.
Leave Out to Dry
The real key to resurrecting a hearing aid from water damage is patience. After drying with a towel and hair dryer or fan, next is to allow your aid to dry. Open up the battery door to allow air flow, and set in a cool, dry area. Remember that this stage can take up to two to three days, and it’s important that you allow ample drying time before turning your aid back on.
One way to speed up this process is by using a dehumidifying pot – but don’t be tempted to put your aid in rice like you might with a cell phone. Small particles from the rice can get inside your aid and cause even more damage, so stick with open air.
Clean and Replace the Battery
After your aid has dried out completely, a careful clean of your aid can remove any residue left by water. Make sure to clean gently so you don’t cause any additional damage to your aid.
Once your aid is clean, put in a new battery and turn it on. If you find that your aid has any operational issues or damage, simple repairs can often have your aid working like brand new. This is also a great time to schedule a follow-up with our team to check your aid and see if you need any repairs. Plus, your hearing aid specialist can even show you tips for how to clean and maintain your aid to prevent future mistakes!
Contact our team today for questions about your aid, or how to find the perfect hearing aid for you!