Hearing aids are delicate pieces of equipment and need extra care. It’s important to prevent their exposure to moisture, for example. There are certain precautions you can take to keep your hearing aids safe in situations where they’re more likely to come into contact with water. This is more common in summer, for example, if you decide to go swimming, boating or on a day trip to the beach. You should also ensure you dry out your hearing aids properly, as even a little sweat could cause a build-up of condensation, leading to the need for professional hearing aid repairs. Here are a few ways to protect your hearing aids from moisture.

Keep Hearing Aid Case with You

Always keep your hearing aid case with you when you go out. This is paramount if you’re likely to remove your hearing aids to do certain activities. If you have hearing aid storage ready just in case, this will give you peace of mind. In the summer months, you can also provide your hearing aids with better protection from heat damage. If you ever get caught out, even a zip-up plastic bag will work as emergency storage. Be sure to keep this out of the way and never in direct sunlight.

Check Out Hearing Aid Accessories

There are other hearing aid accessories that are useful for taking your hearing aids out to do activities. You could invest in a cord and sleeve to keep them always attached to you. Look into waterproof protective sleeves and cases as well. Whereas it’s never a good idea to immerse your hearing aids in water, this will protect them from getting splashed, excess sweat and debris. The cord will also stop you from dropping your hearing aids.

Air Out Your Hearing Aids When Not in Use

Even if your hearing aids haven’t been in contact with water, moisture can still build up over the course of the day. It’s best to air them out in a safe place when not in use. Wipe them gently with a cloth and take care to remove any debris. Use specially designed cleaning devices if necessary. Then leave the battery door open and let them air out in a cool dry place. This way they can dry naturally.

Invest in a Dehumidifier

You could consider investing in a dehumidifier. These are little dryers designed for hearing aids and they’re very convenient devices. You can store your hearing aids inside these and leave them to dry overnight. If your hearing aids have come into contact with excess moisture you could take out the batteries so the battery compartment dries out thoroughly as well. 

You can find out more information about dehumidifiers and other hearing aid accessories from a hearing instrument specialist (HIS). They will also be able to give you professional insights on how to protect your hearing aids from moisture and other hearing aid care tips. Hearing aids are intelligent, delicate devices and worth looking after. It’s important to ensure they work properly as long as possible.