Many modern hearing aid devices on the market are moisture-proof. That means they won’t get damaged from walking outdoors on a rainy day. Still, most hearing aids are not completely waterproof, so it’s important to be conscious of wet environments. If you accidentally jumped into the pool with them on or dropped them in your wash basket, they could become seriously damaged. Here are few tips if your hearing aid gets wet.
Drying Out Your Hearing Aid
The first thing you should always do after your hearing aid has been submerged in water is turn the device off and remove the batteries. A wet battery only increases the chances of further damaging the device. To be on the safe side, it’s best if you replace them altogether. Once you’ve removed the batteries, follow these steps:
- Rinse the hearing aid thoroughly with clean water if it was submerged in dirty or salty water (the ocean).
- Place the hearing aids on a dry newspaper to air-dry for at least 24 hours.
- You can use a table lamp to speed up the drying process, but do not place it too close to the light bulb or heat source.
- Alternatively, take a cup of uncooked rice or silica gel and place it together with your hearing aid in a plastic bag or container. Seal the container and leave it overnight to dry.
- You can also use a fan, hairdryer (only use the lowest setting), or a dehumidifier to help dry out your hearing aid device.
- Keep in mind that you should never expose your hearing aid to high heat. Heat can cause even more damage to your hearing aid device than water.
If you’ve gone through these steps and your hearing aid is still not functioning, take it to your hearing aid provider to determine whether or not it can be repaired. Don’t panic! Your hearing aids might not be completely beyond fixing.
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