If you own a pair of hearing aids, you probably know that moisture can ruin them. No doubt, your audiologist told you at the time of your hearing aid fitting that you shouldn’t wear your hearing aids in the shower, exercise with them in, or drop them in water. You’ve also probably read these same bits of advice. Moisture and electronics do not mix. But have you ever thought about humidity?
Humidity can be just as harmful to your hearing aids. During these summer months, we have a lot of patients who report their hearing aids sound muffled or unclear, intermittent or have a lot of static. And if these symptoms get worse as the day goes on, chances are very good that your hearing aids are responding to moisture. You didn’t get them wet? Time to think about humidity. Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? Do you take frequent walks, garden or eat on the patio? Are you one of those rare people who enjoys the heat and humidity and rarely runs the air conditioning – preferring to leave your windows open and fans turned on? Time to think about humidity. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with enjoying the outdoors and working up a good sweat. But when it comes to your hearing aids, you need to take care.
Several options exist to help keep your hearing aids in good working order. The easiest, and least effective, is uncooked rice in a baggie or storage container. Simply place your hearing aid in with the rice and seal the container. The rice will absorb the moisture from your hearing aids. Using rice is a great option if you are at the lake and forgot your regular dryer, or if you jumped in the shower with your hearing aids in and don’t normally use a dryer.
Another option is a mini dry aid kit. These small plastic containers have a disc that contains silicon beads. The beads absorb the moisture from your hearing aids. These beads can be reactivated and used for up to two years.
The most effective dryer for your hearing aids is a Zephyr dry & store. This is an electric dryer that runs on an 8 hour cycle. Dessicant bricks are usually necessary for these dryers. The bricks last for one to two months during the summer and two to three months during the winter.
It is easy to think about the effects of moisture on your hearing aids when your aids are weak, muffled or sound like static. However, it is best to take care of your hearing aids year-round. Make it a habit to use a dryer every night!! It will not only prolong the life of your hearing aids, it will improve the effectiveness of the aids and the sound quality as well.
We keep these mini dry aid kits and Zephyr dry and stores stocked in our office. Do you have any questions or concerns? Please feel free to contact us!