The Results If A Hearing Aid Gets Wet

A hearing aid requires careful attention and treatment simply because it is a very complex device. If not properly cared for, a hearing aid can easily be damaged regardless if it is made from flexible materials that are designed protect it. Moisture is among the most detrimental conditions for a hearing aid; as a matter of fact, audiologists strongly advice their patients against using their hearing aids near sources of water. This also means that you should not wear your hearing aid when you are swimming; taking a bath or a shower; during workouts that would cause excessive sweating and most especially, when it is raining and you have to walk outside. Getting the hearing aid wet can cause serious damage especially when you did not take steps to ensuring it has properly dried.

This does not mean you should stay away from water completely; just make sure that there is no direct contact between your hearing aid and the water. But if you happen to get caught in the rain and you are wearing your hearing aid, remove it and put it in a water proof case right away but if this is not possible, at the very least make sure that your head is kept dry to prevent moisture from reaching the device. This is because water has corrosive effects on the internal circuitry of a hearing aid, causing it to get damaged and stop working. So in the event that your hearing aid – despite all your best efforts at keeping your head and the hearing aid dry – gets wet from the rain?

In truth, it is not just in the rain that a hearing aid can get wet. But depending on the amount of moisture, you can prevent your device from significant damage provided that you act quickly. For instance, a few drops of water on the casing of the hearing aid should be wiped off right away using a soft cloth or tissue. If you live in an area where there is rain most of the time or moisture levels are higher, you should ask your audiologist to recommend water resistant hearing aids. This is important especially if you need to be in an area where your hearing aid would be exposed to water or excessive amounts of moisture. If you must take off your hearing device, whether you are at home or not, make sure that you only use waterproof protective wrapping. In the event that your hearing aid gets thoroughly wet, use a dehumidifier that is recommended by your audiologist and dry the device overnight.