The sweet sounds of spring have finally arrived – robins and cardinals are singing in the morning. We hope that during this period of staying home, you are able to get outside in your backyard or on a balcony to enjoy them.
Spring is also a time for fluctuating temperatures and rain showers, which means those suffering from hearing loss need to take specific measures to protect their hearing aids from excess moisture.
If your hearing aids get too moist, it can damage them, diminish their performance level and affect the batteries.
How to keep your hearing aids protected from excessive moisture
To help keep your hearing aids in tip top condition and free of moisture, it’s important that you pay particular attention to the weather and wear a hat on colder days and use an umbrella when it rains to keep out of direct contact with cold, wet conditions.
The weather, however, isn’t the only way that your hearing aids can get wet. To protect them during your day-to-day activities and to ensure maximum performance, here are some other tips for keeping them dry:
- Take your hearing aids out when you are having a shower or if you're going swimming.
- If you're putting on hairspray, other hair products, make-up or lotions take your hearing aids out and make sure to wash your hands before putting them back in.
- Use a hearing aid dehumidifier. Putting your hearing aids into a dehumidifier, made specifically for hearing aids, at least a few times a week can help to draw out any moisture from inside the hearing aids.
- If your hearing aids get really wet, take out the batteries and put them into a dehumidifier or a bag of rice, immediately, to let them dry out. If they aren’t working the next day bring them to your provider so they can check them out.
- Each night (or whenever you are not using the hearing aids) open the battery door to keep them working properly - unless you are using rechargeable hearing aids.
- Make sure your hearing aids are fitted properly so that they don’t easily fall out and get lost, broken or wet.
- Earwax can cause damage or clog up your hearing aids as well. Be sure to clean your hearing aids regularly to brush out any debris and clean up any wax.
- Don’t leave your hearing aids in the car or outdoors where the moisture, temperature and humidity can cause damage.
At York Hearing Clinic, we are there with you throughout the longevity of your hearing aids to ensure you are getting maximum benefit. For more information on maintaining your hearing aids, contact us today!
Our team of hearing experts are always happy to help.