We all do our best to keep our hearing aids dry, but the unexpected happens from time to time, especially if we are on vacation. It may be that you get splashed when you are by the pool or the ocean, you have got into the shower without removing your hearing aid, you have got hot and sweaty, or you are vacationing somewhere humid. Whatever the reason, hearing aids don’t like moisture. Here are some tips to keep them safe and dry on vacation.
The most obvious way of protecting your hearing aids and keeping them dry on vacation is by avoiding getting them wet altogether. You would not take your cell phone into the pool or your laptop into the ocean – so do not wear your hearing aids in the water.
It is not the water itself that causes damage to your devices. It’s the tiny ions and impurities in the water that does it. These impurities can attach to the contact points behind the battery and disrupt the connection.
When you do take them out to have fun in the pool or ocean, make sure that you store them somewhere safe. Do not just leave them out on a towel or the floor. Direct sunlight and heat can be just as damaging to your hearing aid, and you also do not want to run the risk of them getting trodden on or lost.
It is not just water that you have to be careful about. Things like sweat can also be an issue. You can avoid this by wearing sweat bands over your head and ears to absorb the sweat. These can also protect them against the rain.
Make Sure They Are Dry
It is recommended that you clean your hearing aid devices every night before bedtime when you remove your hearing aids. Remove any excess moisture, dirt, dust or earwax with a dry cloth first. After that, open the battery door and use a dry cloth to wipe down the battery and the battery door. You can leave the battery door open overnight to allow the hearing aid to completely dry. It is best to keep your hearing aids in a case. Do not leave them out in a bathroom, for example – these can be humid and wet places.
Look At Hearing Aid Dryers
A hearing aid dryer or dehumidifier is one of the simplest ways to dry your hearing aids. Many drivers use air to dry their hearing aids completely. You can also get hearing aid dryers that use UV light to dry your devices. Your devices will not only be dry in the morning, but they will also be completely sanitized.
Desiccants are even used in hearing aid dryers. If you need to dry your hearing aids but don’t have access to a power outlet, this is a great option. Desiccants can be pellets or linings, and the desiccant will draw moisture out of your hearing aid, ensuring that it is completely dry by the morning.