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5 Tips & Tricks for When Your Hearing Aid Gets Wet

5 Tips & Tricks for When Your Hearing Aid Gets Wet  - Hearing, Balance and Speech Center

No matter what you do, accidents can still happen. That’s why the hearing experts at Hearing, Balance & Speech Center have compiled a few tips and tricks on what you should do if your hearing aid gets wet. Remember, if you hearing aid device still does not work properly after you try the following suggestions, your hearing care provider can help you determine whether repairs are needed or if you need a new hearing aid.

NOTE: Although, there is no guarantee that the following will fix your hearing aid, as long as the hearing aid was not in water for a long period of time, there is still a good chance that you get it functioning properly again.

  1. First, remove the hearing aid from the water as quickly as possible - the sooner the better. Remove any surface moisture with a soft, dry cloth.
  2. Then, turn off the device immediately and remove the battery. Make sure to check inside the battery door for any moisture. You may need to shake your device “gently” in order to get any excess water out.
  3. You can use a hairdryer or a fan to blow-dry it. If you use a hairdryer, make sure to use the low-heat or cool setting and keep it some distance away from the hearing aid.
  4. NOTE: Do not put your hearing aid device in a microwave or oven, this can irreversibly damage your device.
  5. Now, leave the battery door open and allow the device to air dry. If you have a hearing aid dehumidifier, such as a dry-aid-jar or dry & store unit, use it. If you don’t, you can simply leave the hearing aid lying out on a newspaper. Most devices should be dry within 24 to 48 hours.
  6. After you have let it out to dry, reinsert the battery and turn the device on, and you should be good to go!

If All Else Fails, Contact Your Hearing Care Provider

It is possible that hearing aid repairs can be performed or parts can be replaced at your local hearing care center. Also, it's important to remember, if necessary, that hearing aids come with a warranty for services and repairs by the manufacturer. So we recommend you use these suggestions and troubleshoot what you can at home. Feel free to call your hearing care provider if you need additional options.

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Have more questions about your hearing aids? Please contact us at Hearing, Balance, & Speech Center to speak with one of our hearing professionals or schedule an appointment. We are here to help you and take care of all your listening needs.

Sources

  1. https://www.hearingaidknow.com/if-your-hearing-aid-gets-wet
  2. https://www.audicus.com/help-my-hearing-aid-got-wet/
  3. https://www.hear-it.org/When-your-hearing-aid-gets-wet