Wet Hearing Aids – Now What?

With the storms of this past week and more in the forecast for this week, some of you may experience wet hearing aids.  Once they are wet, now what?  Here are a few do-it-yourself methods for keeping hearing aids dry:

Step 1:
If your hearing aids get wet, turn them off and remove the batteries. Keeping a wet battery inside your hearing aid can further damage the device. It’s best to be on the safe side and throw out the batteries, as well.

Step 2:
After removing the batteries, you have a few options:

  • If you were in dirty or salty water, like the ocean, rinse your hearing aids first with clean water before drying
  • Leave your hearing aids on dry newspaper and allow them to air-dry inside your house for at least 24 hours (remember not to store in a sunlight area)
  • Take a cup of uncooked rice and place in a plastic baggie or a container with a lid. Place your hearing aids in the rice, seal the baggie/container closed, and leave it overnight. Rice may work as dehumidifiers and soak up the water in your hearing aids.

Damage could result in distorted or weak sound quality, reduced battery life and inconsistent functionality, therefore it’s important to take extra care during the summer months.  If you need additional help, please give us a call at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, KY.  Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah, KY.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  YOU ARE FAMILY!