How to protect your hearing aids from moisture

HOT, HOT, HOT – we’re into our first extended heat wave of the season which is a good time to remind you to protect your hearing aids from moisture. Many newer hearing aids are moisture resistant, but a couple of practical tips to consider are 1) avoid wearing your hearing aids (if possible) when working in your yard and 2) if your hearing aids get damp/wet you should take them off and remove the batteries and wipe off any excess moisture. If you can give them a few minutes to air dry before using them, this may help prevent damage.

Use of a Dry n Store Global or Zephyr is definitely recommended if you perspire heavily. These electric dryers are used nightly to remove moisture from the hearing aids so that you can start fresh each day.

Enjoy your summer – you know it won’t be long and we’ll be complaining about the cold 🙂

What causes hearing aids to malfunction?

The two biggest enemies of hearing aids are moisture and ear wax. Hearing aid manufacturers have done a lot in recent years to moisture and dust proof hearing aids. Replaceable wax guards also help to keep hearing aids running. Most people, however, still need to clean their hearing aids daily to keep them running at their best level. The best way to clean a hearing aid is to (daily) vigorously brush the portion that enters the ear canal. This should be done when the aid is removed at the end of the day. Waiting to clean the aid before putting it on the next morning allows the wax on the surface of the aid to dry and small flakes of it can fall inside the aid. Cleaning aids weekly, instead of daily, is also not recommended as this allows too much wax to build up in the aid and results in reduced sound and poor sound quality. Regular care and maintenance of your hearing aid will prolong its life and result in fewer repairs. Professional cleaning of the aid should be completed at 6 month intervals.