Summer brings with it warm weather and lazy days on the beach – as well as an increase in hearing aid troubles.
Moisture is the culprit for many hearing aid-related problems. Excessive moisture due to high humidity and sweat can cause distortion, static and a host of other problems. To help avoid the time and expense of a manufacturer repair, follow these preventative maintenance techniques.
- Open the battery door at night to allow air to circulate and dry the device.
- Consider the purchase of a hearing aid dehumidifier, a DriAid Kit, or a Dry and Store Box. These products are inexpensive, simple to use, and provide a handy storage spot for your hearing aids.
- If you perspire heavily during summer activities, take a moment to remove your hearing aids and wipe off excess moisture with a tissue.
- If you wear behind-the-ear hearing aids, consider wearing a moisture guard.
- Do not leave your hearing aids in direct sunlight.
- Avoid storing your hearing aids in glove compartments or similar environments where excessive heat can build up.
- If your hearing aid isn’t working and you suspect it’s due to moisture, open the battery door, remove the battery, and allow it to dry in an area with good circulation. Do not attempt to dry it in the microwave or with a hair dryer; moisture will often evaporate on its own.