If your hearing is beginning to decline, then hearing aids can help you comprehend the things you may be missing in life. However, it is not enough to use your hearing aids. They are complicated and fragile technology that you will use every day in order to get the best results. Part of the success of hearing aids is knowing how to care for your valuable and precious hearing tools. It is important to do your part to keep your hearing aids dry and have a plan in place in case they do get wet.
The Importance of Dryness with Electronics
Most electronics don’t fare well in the face of moisture. It’s an extra challenge for hearing aid users. It is encouraged to wear your hearing aids every day and only take them out when swimming, bathing or sleeping. Still it is inevitable that most of us will come into contact with moisture, whether we get caught in a storm, a water balloon fight with our kids or just excess sweat on a hot and active day. If water has a chance to come in contact with your fragile electronics, they can become permanently damaged. The connections can become shorted causing electrical connections that were not designed to interact. Not only can water cause short circuits but also corrosion to the tiny connections making intended connections to become slow or broken.
If you live a busy active lifestyle where you will be exposed to the elements and sweat then it is a good idea to invest in water resistant hearing aids. While there are many water-resistant hearing aids on the market none of them are completely waterproof. Water resistance and dust protection in hearing aids are rated by an Ingress Protection (IP) code, which describes the device’s ability to withstand moisture and dirt. The first two digits of the IP code describe the hearing aids resistance to dust on a scale of 0 to 6 while the second two numbers indicate the level of water resistance on a scale of 0 to 9. While the level of protection you invest in will help you to keep your hearing aids dry and dust free it is still important to take extra care to remove your aids when you shower or swim.
Strategies of protection
No matter how hard you try sometimes it is inevitable that your hearing aids will get a little damp. If you are exposed to unexpected moist conditions while wearing your hearing aids, there are ways you can practice harm reduction to your valuable electronic investment in your hearing. Extra humid days, rain showers or forgetfulness can put your hearing aids in dangerously damp situations. Many people invest in drying boxes designed to evaporate the moisture in your hearing aids overnight. Often these devices can also charge your hearing aids while they dry. These devices are closed so no moisture can get in and act as a dehumidifier for your aids. For people who live in humid environments, this is essential for the longevity of your hearing aids.
In emergency situations, a chemical desiccant like silica pouches can draw moisture out of your wet hearing aids. Another trick is one that people often use for their cellphones. In the event of unexpected moisture exposure, turn your hearing aids off immediately and place them in a plastic airtight bag with rice for at least 24 hours before trying to power them on again. The rice can draw moisture out of your hearing aids and into the grain instead, preventing short circuits and possible corrosion.
Keep it dry and hearing your best
Hearing aids are designed to deal with regular perspiration and humidity but make sure to be safe and prepared. If you know you are going to be in a wet or humid environment carry a waterproof case for your hearing aids so you can put them away in a safe place in case of an emergency. If you’ve already made the commitment to healthy hearing with hearing aids, make sure to protect them. It is important to plan for possible accidents so you can be prepared if or when they occur.
Contact us for accessories and strategies to keep your hearing aids dry so you can continue to hear your best and get the most from your investment.