Beware the Triple H! Heat/Humidity & Hearing aids!

Hearing aids are electronic devices and should be kept as dry as possible.
In this extreme weather we all know that’s not an easy thing to do. Heat & humidity create moisture!
Some ears also produce more wax during this time.
Moisture/wax can destroy the microphone and the receiver of hearing aids, clog the sound opening or tubing, and cause corrosion in the hearing aids. Moisture can cause a static sound in the hearing aids or cause them to operate intermittently or not at all. Moisture comes from a variety of sources including perspiration, high humidity, and submersion in water. Yes, believe it or not, today’s hearing aids are so comfortable that some forget to take them out when showering or jumping into a pool!

To avoid the damaging effects of moisture, follow these tips:

  • If perspiration is excessive, avoid wearing hearing aids during strenuous activity particularly in hot, humid weather.
  • Dry your hair and ears thoroughly prior to putting on your hearing aids.
  • If the hearing aids get wet, it is important to remove the battery promptly and let the hearing aids dry out for several hours leaving the battery door open. If you have a Dri-Aid kit, place the hearing aids in it immediately.
  • Be careful when wearing hearing aids in wet weather. Try to keep them covered.
  • If moisture is visible in the battery compartment or if there are signs of corrosion, you may wipe dry with a cotton swab.
  • If you feel that your hearing aids have suffered damage, contact your hearing healthcare provider.

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