Hearing Blog

Wet Hearing Aids

January 15, 2017

More than 48 million people of the American population use hearing aids. Due to their comfort and discreetness, users often forget to remove them before a shower or a swim. Here are a few tips to ensure that your hearing aid does not sustain any lasting damage after direct contact with moisture.

First and foremost, the moment you realize that your hearing aids have accidentally made direct contact with water, make sure that you remove them from water immediately to avoid extensive damage. After this, turn off your hearing aid and make sure to remove the battery from inside the device. Shut the battery door and use a dry cloth or towel to remove the excessive moisture from the hearing device. If your hearing device includes tubing, ensure the removal of this prior to drying your device. Let the hearing device air dry for a short while. You can also place your hearing instruments in the sunlight to help with the aeration process. Alternatively, you can submerge your wet hearing device into a bowl filled with uncooked white rice and leave it there overnight. The rice aids in moisture absorption and can help in restoring your hearing aids.