It’s sad but true, hearing technology has its vulnerabilities.
There are three things hearing aids just do not like to experience: shock, temperature extremes, and moisture.
It’s something I have seen so much over the years. You come in with your hearing aids after or during the summer holidays wondering why you are not hearing so well. Here in Queensland with our high humidity, the major reason for breakdown of your hearing aids is moisture. Moisture creeps into your hearing aids and blocks the microphones and receivers.
As well, it reduces the life of your hearing aids. Just like any electronic equipment they are subject to corrosion. This may mean expensive repairs to your hearing aids if they are outside the manufacturer’s warranty period.
Anything wet, high humidity, perspiration, condensation, accidental immersion in a bath or pool can cause damage to a hearing aid and prevent it from functioning properly.
How might you know if moisture may be a problem with your hearing aids. It’s when you put your hearing aids on and sound appears to be:
- Have a distortion to them
- Weak. you want to turn the volume up
- Static is present
- Intermittent ie they work sometimes but not others
- Short battery life or
- They just don’t work
Keep your hearing aid dry. An exception may be made for the few hearing aid models as being specifically designed as water resistant. Usually the microphone and receiver are still vulnerable to moisture.
Take Home Message: Use your drying kit