If you are about to invest in new hearing aids or recently got fitted with a new pair, it is important to understand how to care for these highly advanced and important gadgets. Your new hearing aids are most likely making it much more of an ease to communicate in your daily life and empowering you do so much more than you may have ever imagined. If you enjoy an active lifestyle of hiking, jogging, team sports or swimming you probably deal with sweat and moisture regularly. Keeping your hearing aids dry is one of the most important things when it comes to caring for the longevity of your hearing aids. Just like your cell phone or computer, the electronic components of your hearing aids don’t perform if they get wet, and the humidity can interfere with hearing aid function in a big way.
What Makes Your Hearing Aids Damp?
Humidity affects hearing aids in a couple of ways. First, just like with condensation on that can of soda pop, moisture results when warm, humid air meets the cooler metal components of your hearing devices. This includes the components inside your devices.
Second, humidity makes you sweat — but humidity also makes it harder for the sweat to evaporate. Plenty of that ends up in or on your devices. Especially during the summer months with hotter temperatures, we tend to perspire more, and this moisture collects on the device. Those with an active lifestyle also have a high risk of moisture damage.
Hearing Aid Damage
Your hearing aids have a water-resistant nanotechnology coating that protects your devices from water, but they’re not completely waterproof. Both the metal and electronic components of your devices easily suffer damage from moisture, and need to be properly cared for to avoid damage. Your hearing aids won’t do well full of water or other moisture, but it turns out it’s not just the moisture that affects your devices. Other particles in the water such as mineral buildup also take a toll on your devices.
Daily Hearing Aid Cleaning
Regular care and cleanings will extend the life of your hearing aids and help keep them in top working condition. You wouldn’t buy a brand new car and then never wash it or change the oil, would you? Keeping your hearing aids in good working condition requires maintenance too. You’ve made a valuable investment; here are some tips on how to protect it.
For regular at-home care, you need the right equipment. The most common tools used for cleaning hearing aids include:
- Wax removal brush
- Soft, clean, dry cloth
- Wax pick/wire loop
- Vent cleaner
- A soft-bristle child’s toothbrush can be used as a wax removal brush
- Disinfectant wipes can be used instead of a cloth, but only if they are made for use with hearing aids
Many hearing professionals recommend storing your hearing aids in a dehumidifying container. A dehumidifying storage box provides a safe, inexpensive nighttime storage option for your hearing aids while not in use. The storage system is designed to safely remove moisture from your hearing aids.
There are many types of Dry & Store containers. Some require electricity, while other non-electric models use a desiccant or gel to absorb moisture. Discuss these at-home dehumidifying options with your hearing healthcare provider to see which type is recommended for your style of hearing aids.
Preventing Moisture Damage
If you’re often out in the rain, prevent moisture damage by stopping the water before it reaches your ears. You can get water-resistant hearing pouches that can protect your hearing aids from moisture and rain as well as other dirt or debris. They’re also a great aid if you’re working out or playing a sport that causes a lot of perspiration.
Hearing Care Centers
Are you looking for the perfect hearing aid accessory to keep your hearing aids dry? Do you need more tips on hearing aid cleaning and drying? Visit us at Hearing Care Center to find out more on how to care for your hearing aids and extend the quality and life of your important devices through proper maintenance.