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Help! My hearing aid got wet!

Most hearing aids in today’s market (including Audicus hearing aids) are moisture-proof, meaning sweating from a hard workout or walking outside on a rainy day won’t damage your hearing aids. However, the majority of hearing aids are not totally waterproof, and it’s important that you be conscious of your hearing aids in wet environments…but sometimes it’s hard! Perhaps you jumped right into the swimming pool or took a shower without removing your hearing aids first (tip: put a note on your bathroom mirror to remind you to always take your hearing aids out!). Water can be a damaging force to hearing aids, but getting them wet doesn’t always mean you have to start shopping for new ones! Keep reading for helpful tips in case your hearing aids get wet.

 

At-Home Methods For Drying Out Wet Hearing Aids

The first step after your hearing aids get wet is to turn them off and remove the batteries. Keeping a wet battery inside your hearing aid can further damage the device. It’s best to be on the safe side and throw out the batteries, as well. After removing the batteries, you have a few options:

  • If you were in dirty or salty water, like the ocean, rinse your hearing aids first with clean water before drying
  • Leave your hearing aids on dry newspaper and let them air-dry inside your house for at least 24 hours
  • Putting the hearing aids near a table lamp can also speed up the drying process—but do not put them very close to a light bulb or other heat source because this can damage the device
  • Take a cup of uncooked rice or silica gel and place in a plastic baggie or a container with a lid. Stick your hearing aid in the rice or silica gel, seal the baggie/container closed, and leave it overnight—silica gel and rice can work as dehumidifiers and soak up the water in your hearing aid
  • Dry your hearing aids using a fan, or a hairdryer on its lowest setting—do not use high heat. If your hairdryer has a “cool” setting, you can use that gently on your hearing aids
  • Important: do not use any high heat on your hearing aid! Do not put your hearing aids in the microwave, the oven, or on a radiator—strong heat can damage a hearing aid even more than water

 

Remember, if you get your hearing aid wet, do not fear! Your hearing aids aren’t necessarily damaged beyond repair. Try any and all of the above suggestions, and avoid contact with high heat. If your hearing aids are still wet after you’ve attempted to dry them, contact your hearing aid provider. You can also buy hearing aid dry kits, which can help dry out a wet hearing aid. Of course, the best way to take care of your hearing aids is to try to avoid getting them wet at all, but if you do get them wet don’t panic—these at-home drying techniques often solve the problem!

By: Elena McPhillips

5 responses to “Help! My hearing aid got wet!

  1. It’s good that hearing aids are water resistant, but they usually aren’t waterproof. During day to day life, I can see how you might forget that you’re wearing it, though. Taking out the batteries immediately if you get them wet is a good idea. I wouldn’t want to fry them.

  2. I did the jump into a pool disaster. I will try your ideas and report back on my success or lack of same. I was glad at least to hear all is not lost , yet.

  3. That makes sense that they would make hearing aids moisture proof since everyone sweats. Sometimes accidents happen and they get thoroughly soaked. It wouldn’t have occurred to me to rinse them first with clean water before drying, but I understand why you would do that. I’ll have to remember that.

  4. I not only jumped into a pool but I did not remember my hearing aids for about 15 min. After retrieving them from the bottom of the pool, I took the batteries out & placed them in rice overnight. New batteries in and they both worked.

    1. Hi Dave! You might also look into getting a dry box for hearing aids – you can find one on Amazon – just in case there is a little extra moisture lingering inside your devices. Happy to hear that they are working for you! – Audicus

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