Water and hearing aids do not mix. But, if your hearing aids happen to get wet, Don’t panic, there are a few steps you can take to revive them.
Remember that your hearing care provider can help you with any concerns that may remain after doing what you can at home. But first, follow these simple suggestions to troubleshoot hearing aid moisture issues:
- No brainer - the first thing is to get them out of the water.
As soon as you possibly can, get them out of the water. Chances are you already did this. This is key, because the longer they stay waterlogged, the damage they can incur.
- Turn it off ASAP
Turn off your hearing devices as soon as you possibly can after excessive moisture exposure. Completely remove the battery and dry everything carefully with a cloth. Resist the temptation to turn it on and see if it might work. At this point it is best to simply turn it off and remove the battery.
- Dry the hearing aid as much as you can.
Carefully remove any replaceable parts, such as earmolds, tubing, domes, and filters. Allow all parts to dry separately or dispose of those you have replacements for. Care for your hearing aids using a clean, dry cloth or towel.
- Get your hair dryer out
It may be beneficial to use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. Keep in mind that hearing aids are as sensitive to heat as they are to moisture, so this must be done carefully. Set the dryer to low heat, and monitor how and where the warm air is applied to the hearing aid.
- Leave it to dry out.
If you have a hearing aid dehumidifier, such as a dry-aid-jar or dry-and-store unit, use it. If you don’t, you can leave the aid lying out on newspaper, or try the dry rice trick - place your hearing aid in a bag of uncooked rice. If you have access to silica-gel packets, these should work as well. Give it a day or so to draw out the remaining moisture, replace the battery, and try it out.
If your hearing aid still isn’t working properly, contact your hearing care provider.
There may be corrective services that can be performed or parts to replace right at the office. Hearing aids come with a warranty for services and repairs, which cover moisture issue fixes at by the manufacturer, if necessary. Even after your device service plan has expired, hearing aids can still be assessed and repaired for a small fee. Remember, just because your hearing aids get wet does NOT mean that all is lost. Troubleshoot what you can at home, and call the office if you need additional options.
Your hearing care professional will be happy to work with you to determine your best course of action.
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