The summer months are upon us. This is the perfect time to get together with family (especially the grandkids off from school). You get to make wonderful memories out in the garden, on the beach, or just walking around the neighborhood. Unfortunately, summer comes with its own set of problems, especially for people who wear hearing aids. The hot weather can make sweating a bigger issue, but if you’re in a place with humidity, it goes to the next level. If you live somewhere with hot summers or are traveling to warm climates, you should know about hearing aid dehumidifiers.
Moisture, Humidity, and Hearing Aids
Just like cellphones, computers, and other electronics, hearing aid technology is very vulnerable to moisture. If your hearing aid breaks, there’s a good chance it’s due to moisture getting into the electronics. Moisture doesn’t necessarily mean dropping your hearing aids in water, either. Two of the bigger challenges for hearing aid owners is sweat gathering in the tubing and humidity seeping into the hearing aid body. That’s why summer can be such a tough time for your hearing aids! Even a little condensation left long enough on your batteries can turn into corrosion and eat away at the inside of the hearing aid itself.
The tricky thing about hearing aids, compared to other technology around you, is their small size. It makes it harder for you to keep every nook and cranny dry without a little help.
What is a Hearing Aid Dehumidifier?
Like the name suggests, a hearing aid dehumidifier helps absorb moisture from your hearing aid. It looks like just a simple plastic tube with a lid, but it can be the difference between clear, functioning hearing aids and broken hearing aids.
The secret is the innovative desiccant lining, which sucks up any moisture while being totally safe for the technology itself. It’s a similar concept to the silica gel packets you find in everyday packaging to protect the contents during shipping.
The hearing aid dehumidifier doesn’t require batteries or electricity. It’s also an easy way to know where you’re storing your hearing aids overnight. Best of all, it’s inexpensive (usually under $10) and lasts at least six months and up to two years.
How to Use Your Dehumidifier
It’s pretty simple. Just place your hearing aids (including the batteries) inside the hearing aid dehumidifier as you go to bed. You should follow any instructions that come with your specific brand of dehumidifier, but overall it’s very easy. By getting into the habit of using your dehumidifier every night, you can keep moisture from building up and help keep your hearing aids working properly for years to come.
Another Way to Protect Your Hearing Aids
Another item you can invest in is a UV-Clean & Dry Box. This box helps kill germs and bacteria by using a UV light, and removes some excess moisture through gentle, dry heat. It does cost more than the dehumidifier, but you get more features from it. And if you’re concerned about ear infections, the UV sanitizing system could be worth the money.
Cleaning Your Hearing Aid by Hand
Don’t forget to use what comes free with your hearing aid — your hearing aid cleaning tool! Getting into a good daily cleaning routine can keep the moisture away and your hearing aids working perfectly. Even if you do buy a dehumidifier, you should still be cleaning your hearing aid parts every night.
First, if your tool has a brush, gently use it on the microphone and the hearing aid tip to get rid of gunky earwax buildup. Then, use the wire part of the tool in your tubes. Hearing aid tubes are so small and get clogged with sweat, earwax, and other debris. Cleaning out the tubes with your wire tool will help catch any moisture your dehumidifier can’t reach.
Gently wiping your batteries, the battery compartment, and the outside of your hearing aid regularly will help fight against moisture damage. Just make sure you use a gentle cloth to avoid scratching it up. Another tip for the summer: don’t leave your hearings aids in your car (or any another humid, warm area) during the day. Not only will the humidity be worse there, but the intense direct heat from the sun could damage your hearing aid’s delicate electronics.
Don’t worry — by using a dehumidifier and being careful about handling your hearing aids, you can protect them from the sticky humidity of summer.
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