Just like most electronic devices, hearing aids are susceptible to water damage. Therefore, if you live near water or are planning a coastal visit, you need to take preventive measures to prevent water damage. Here are some precautions for this purpose:
Use a Waterproof Storage Container
Invest in a waterproof container so that you can store your hearing aids before jumping into the water. Small waterproof containers aren't expensive, so you may be able to afford buying several of them. That way, you can keep them in different places (such as the boat, lake house, and car) for convenience.
Keep the Battery Doors Open When Not Using The Aids
Keeping the battery doors open encourages the free flow of air. This helps to dry up any moisture that may have accumulated inside the casing. An added advantage is that your batteries may last longer.
Use a Water-Resistant Sleeve
For those times when you just want to walk on the beach, and not get into the water, you probably want to leave your hearing aids on. However, you still need to protect them from accidental spillage. Invest in a water-resistant sleeve/cord that covers nearly every part of the aid except for the microphone. These sleeves also protect your aid from excessive perspiration, which is inevitable if you are on the beach on a hot day.
Dry the Aids after Use
At the end of the day, dry your hearing aids by wiping them. A dust-free cloth works fine to dry off excess moisture, and can even clean away the dust. If the humidity was excessively high, then you should use a dehumidifier to dry the aids.
It's also good to have a dehumidifier on hand for those situations where you accidentally splash your aids in water. In such a situation, remove the batteries (immediately) and put the aids in the dehumidifier. If you are lucky, then they will dry, and you may not need to visit a repair technician.
Invest In a Water-Resistant Hearing Aid
Lastly, it may also be a good idea to buy water-resistant hearing aids, especially if you are always near water. Note that there are aids for prolonged sessions in water, for example when diving or swimming. However, the aids water-resistance nature will prevent damage for those occasions when you accidentally jump in the water with them.
It's important to act fast if you accidentally spill water in your aids. This is important even if they are water-resistant, because some moisture may have gotten inside. An overnight drying in the dehumidifier usually prevents permanent damage.
Now that you've got the facts, you are ready for some fun in the sun, without worrying about your hearing aids getting water damage. If you are ever uncertain about what kind of conditions your hearing aids can be worn in, consult professionals like those at Cape May County Hearing Aid Dispensary. Knowing how to treat your hearing aids will help them to last much longer, saving you extra hassle in the future.Share