It feels like summer started early this year. In addition to taking care of yourself during these summer months, you’ve got to take care of your hearing aids. All electronic devices, like hearing aids, can become damaged when exposed to too much heat, humidity, and moisture. Here are some ways to protect your hearing aids while ensuring the highest performance, even when sweating through the heat.
1. Keep your hearing aids stored in a cool, dry space.
Your hearing aids’ wiring and how the devices perform; can be impacted negatively due to heat exposure. Any trapped moisture in the microphone or the receiver can make the hearing aid stop working.
2. Remove moisture from your hearing aids.
Your hearing aids may need to remain stored in a dryer box, which is essentially a vacuum chamber that dries off your hearing aid devices. Talk to someone from Northumberland Hearing Center about a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. You may also use desiccant, or even dry, uncooked rice, can absorb moisture from your devices.
If the damage is significant, your hearing aid provider may send your hearing aids to the original manufacturer for advanced repairs.
3. Protect your hearing aids from excess sweat.
If your hearing aids tend to have built-up moisture caused by over-perspiration, take them out of your ears and open the battery door to let air circulate throughout the devices. Dry them off using one of the methods mentioned above.
4. Are you using sunscreen or insect repellent?
These lotions and sprays can clog the microphones and receivers on your hearing aids. It’s best to put these ointments on before placing your hearing aids in your ears. The lotion and spray residue should be washed off of your hands thoroughly before handling your hearing aids to wear in your ears. Use professional-grade cleaning wipes on your hearing aids after you remove them from your ears.
5. Do not clean hearing aids with any liquids.
You can damage hearing aids by cleaning them with liquids that contain alcohol. Only use a brush tool, soft cloth, or professional-grade cleaning wipes.
If you need supplies to care for your hearing aids, Northumberland Hearing Center has you covered. We have offices located in Northumberland and Millersburg.