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What To Do If Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

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Life happens.  Every year, as summertime water activities ramp up, we experience an increase in calls from panicked patients who accidentally jumped into a pool or the ocean while wearing their hearing aids.  As much as electronics and water typically don't go well together, all is not lost if your hearing aids do get a soaking!  

5 tips that can get your waterlogged hearing aid(s) working again: 

  1. Remove the aid from the water as quickly as possible – the less water exposure to the hearing aid, the better.
  2. Open the battery door, remove the battery, and throw away or recycle the battery.  A wet battery can become corroded and cause rusting inside the hearing aid. 
  3. Dry the hearing aid gently with a towel. Shake it gently to get as much water out as possible.
  4. Leave the aid to dry out with the battery door completely open, preferably in a hearing aid dehumidifier.  You may need to leave the hearing aid in the dehumidifier for a day or 2, depending on the amount of water exposure. 
  5. If the aid still does not work, call your audiologist and have the hearing aid sent to the manufacturer for repair.  Hearing aid warranties cover the cost of this repair.  If your hearing aid is out-of-warranty, a hearing aid repair charge will apply, which is significantly more cost-effective than purchasing a new hearing aid.  

What not to do:

  1. Never put your hearing aid into a microwave or conventional oven. You may overheat the hearing aid and cause some of the circuitry to melt. 
  2. Don’t just assume it’s broken. Give it time to dry and then get it sent away for repair if you need to.

Note: Many hearing aid models now carry IP67 or IP68 ratings (IP is the Ingress Protection or International Protection rating system, which is a classification system showing the degrees of protection from solid objects and liquids.)  The first number 6 is the level of dust protection which is dust proof. The second number, 7 or 8, is the level of water or moisture protection. This means it is water resistant to a level that it could withstand up to 30 min in 3 feet of water before it must go into the company for repair due to water damage.  

If you are in the market for new hearing aids and tend to perspire heavily or are frequently around water, ask your audiologist for a hearing aid that carries a high IP rating for maximum water resistance.  


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