Accidentally exposing your hearing aid to water can be a nerve-wracking experience. Whether it’s a splash from the sink, a sweaty workout, or a forgotten device in your pocket during laundry day, moisture can compromise the functionality of your hearing aid. 

Before you consider your device a lost cause, there are several steps you can take at home to potentially salvage it. In addition, understanding when to seek professional help can be crucial to preserving your device’s longevity and performance. 

Home Remedies for a Wet Hearing Aid: 

1. Turn It off Immediately:

As soon as you realize your hearing aid has come into contact with water, turn it off. This can prevent short circuits that may cause irreversible damage. 

2. Remove the Battery:

Open the battery compartment and remove the battery. This step is critical because moisture and batteries do not mix well, and removing the battery can prevent further damage. 

3. Gently Wipe It Down:

Using a soft, dry cloth, gently wipe the hearing aid to remove any visible moisture. Be careful not to press too hard, which could push water further into the device. 

4. Use a Dry Container:

Place your hearing aid in a dry, sealed container filled with a desiccant or uncooked rice. These materials can help absorb the moisture from the hearing aid. Leave it overnight to ensure it has enough time to dry out thoroughly.  

5. Air Dry:

After the desiccant or rice treatment, let the hearing aid air dry on a clean cloth for several hours. Avoid using a hairdryer, microwave, or other heat sources, as excessive heat can damage the hearing aid. 

Preventive Measures to Protect Hearing Aids from Water Damage 

1. Invest in Waterproof Cases:

When not in use, store your hearing aids in waterproof or water-resistant cases. This simple step can significantly reduce the risk of accidental water exposure, especially in humid environments or during activities where moisture is present. 

2. Use Hearing Aid Sweatbands:

For those who lead an active lifestyle or live in hot, humid climates, hearing aid sweatbands can be a lifesaver. These fabric covers wrap around your hearing aids, protecting them from moisture caused by sweat without affecting the sound quality. 

3. Regular Maintenance Checks:

Schedule regular maintenance checks with your audiologist or hearing aid specialist. These professionals can inspect your devices for any signs of moisture damage and recommend specific care or preventive measures tailored to your lifestyle and hearing aid model. 

Understanding the Impact of Moisture on Hearing Aids 

1. Long-Term Effects of Moisture Exposure:

Moisture doesn’t just cause immediate malfunctions in hearing aids; it can also lead to long-term deterioration of the internal components. Corrosion of the battery contacts and damage to the microphone and receiver can gradually reduce the efficacy and lifespan of your device. 

2. Signs of Moisture Damage:

Familiarize yourself with the signs of moisture damage in hearing aids. These can include distorted sound, static noises, intermittent functionality, and in some cases, complete failure to turn on. Recognizing these signs early can prompt quicker action, potentially saving your hearing aid from more severe damage. 

When to Seek Professional Help 

If your hearing aid is still not functioning correctly after trying these home remedies, it may require professional attention. Moisture can cause complex internal damage that isn’t always visible or fixable at home. 

The Redux Hearing Aid Drying System: A Professional Solution 

For situations where home remedies aren’t enough, Physicians Hearing Care offers the Redux Hearing Aid Drying System. This state-of-the-art system removes moisture from hearing aids quickly and efficiently, with a high success rate in restoring device functionality. It’s a safe, effective solution for all types of hearing aids and can be a device-saver for those unexpected water incidents. 

Making the Right Moves 

Dealing with a wet hearing aid can be stressful, but quick action and the right approach can often save your device. Start with the home remedies outlined above, and if the problem persists, consider a professional drying solution like the Redux system. 

Remember, maintaining your hearing aid is crucial for its performance and longevity. For more information on hearing aid maintenance or to schedule a Redux drying session, contact Physicians Hearing Care today. 

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Dr. Kalyn Bradford Au.D.

Dr. Kalyn Bradford is the director of hearing aid services here at Physician's Hearing Care. She completed her externship with Physician's Hearing Care in 2013 and subsequently joined the practice in 2014 after graduating with her doctoral degree in audiology from Louisiana Tech University. She joined PHC as a clinical audiologist, where she performed comprehensive audiological exams and specialized in helping patients to hear better using the latest hearing aid technology available. She has carried that experience into her current role as director of hearing aid services, where she does an excellent job managing the audiologists to ensure that all patients are treated with the best hearing care possible.