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What to do if your hearing aids get wet

I’m often asked what to do if hearing aids get wet. Usually this is accidental – one lady recently saw to her horror that her hearing aids had accidentally fallen off her sunlonger and into a hotel swimming pool!

Most hearing aids can survive up to about 30 minutes in water, so if you are able to rescue them within that time, the first thing to do is to dry them out as quickly as possible.

How to dry your hearing aids

  • Remove any surface water with a soft, dry cloth
  • Take out the battery and check for surface water inside the battery door
  • Leave your hearing aids in a warm dry place, an airing cupboard or a shelf above a radiator. Don’t place them directly on a heat source though. Leave them to try for about an hour. Never put your hearing aid in a microwave as this will cause irreversible damage!
  • Put a new battery into the hearing aids

Doing all the above should mean that your hearing aids are just fine. If there is still a problem you may need to take your hearing aid in to your audiologist or hearing aid professional for repair due to water damage.

Unless you’re wearing the new Lyric hearing aids that can be kept in continuously, it’s best to remove your hearing aid before showering, bathing or swimming. It’s also a good idea to remove the battery from the hearing aid at night and leave the battery compartment open, to keep it aired and free from moisture and condensation.

If you have any questions about maintenance or repair of your hearing aids, please get in touch.

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