We’ve all been lectured on the importance of keeping electronics dry, and the ‘rice trick’ is there to help us when we fumble. However, getting your hearing aids wet is a bit more nerve-wracking. Here’s what to do if you accidentally dunk your hearing aids.
Wood, electronics, and hearing aids have one thing in common: they’re very susceptible to water damage.
If you have hearing loss, you might consider your hearing aids a valuable part of your life. We use electronics every day, and personal devices like hearing aids and smartphones can become dear to us. However, it’s important to remember that just like our phones, hearing aids can be dried out, repaired, and replaced. While we all try to avoid unnecessary purchases, it’s not the end of the world if your hearing aids get wet.
So, don’t panic! Panicking can lead to stress, upset, and further disaster. Simply stay calm, and try to dry out your hearing aids the best you can. Don’t assume they’re ruined and do your best to alleviate the damage. If you act quickly, you might be able to solve the problem with no harm done.
How to Dry Out Hearing Aids
Before doing anything else, you need to know how to properly dry out hearing aids. This is a simple process, and while it might take some patience, drying out your hearing aids doesn’t require a lot of actual work. Before anything else, make sure your hearing aids are far from any water. The less contact, the better.
If your hearing aid is on, turn it off. And if your hearing aid is outfitted with any zinc-air batteries, remove them immediately. Toss them out, and don’t replace them just yet. Keep your hearing aid off until it is fully dry. Shake it to get out any excess water and dry it with a paper towel or rag. Try to remove as much water as you can; this will help with the air-drying process.
After manually removing the water, you can begin dehumidifying your hearing aids. If you have the time, simply air-dry your hearing aids. Place them in a warm place but keep them far from any direct sources of heat. Extreme heat is very bad for your hearing aids and can melt the components inside. With this in mind, never put your hearing aids on top of a radiator or in an oven or microwave. While this might seem like a quick fix, it will do far more harm than good.
Hairdryers can be used to dry hearing aids, but caution is advised. Only use the dryer on the lowest setting and avoid putting the heat too close to your hearing aid. Cleaning tools can also be used to soak up water in tight places but avoid poking around too much. The last thing you want is to damage something by accident.
After you’ve dried your hearing aids, replace the battery and turn them on. If you encounter any other issues, try to contact a technician for repairs.
Accessories for Hearing Aid Maintenance
Many accessories and tools are available for hard-of-hearing users who wish to maintain their hearing aids. If you frequently encounter wetness or moisture, a dehumidifier might be a good investment. Hearing aid dryers and dehumidifiers are relatively inexpensive and offer reliable drying options. Some of these models will even sterilize your hearing aids during the process, so they’ll be clean and dry when you take them out.