Did you just run in the rain with your hearing aids? Or spent an hour in a hot and humid subway? Whether you live in Singapore or Sweden, you have probably experienced one or the other of these situations. Your hearing aids are fragile in the face of moisture, so learn how to dry your hearing aids.
Electronic devices such as hearing aids are vulnerable to moisture and water. No surprises on it.
But in what way is water such a risk?
In the end, it is often not water that directly harms electronic devices. These are the microscopic impurities and the ions dissolved in the water.
If you are not lucky, the water ions cause a connection between two points of contact of your hearing aid. When you turn on your device, this ion bridge drives electricity to an unplanned point. And that will create an electric bridge. Boring, no ?!
In theory, you can completely dry your device and run it again (assuming the ions are causing the problem). But … we do not recommend this approach!
In hearing aids, metal parts are protected by a coating to prevent corrosion by water. It may happen that this coating is not enough. Especially if the hearing aid is repeatedly exposed to moisture or rain without being dried or cleaned.
It’s the same with your tablet or watch and you’ll have to be careful with your hearing aid. To keep your hearing aids completely dry, you will need a drying box. Most hearing aids are designed to resist water and moisture. With a coating on metal parts and a design that prevents water from easily penetrating, hearing aids are generally well protected.
But that does not mean that you will not have to act to keep them dry. The better you take care of your hearing aids by maintaining and cleaning them, the better they will work and the longer they will last.
There are many ways to dry your hearing aids. Dry boxes and dehumidifiers are simple solutions.
How to use a drying box
The drying boxes look like little caskets to jewels, they use air and heat to dry your hearing aids.
These products are available for all hearing aids, rechargeable and conventional. They are easy to use.
For conventional hearing aids, simply place them in the drying box, fold down the lid and press the start button.
Drying boxes for rechargeable hearing aids also work as a charger.
It’s very useful. The chargers are now integrated in the drying boxes. So the next day, you are equipped with a set of fresh hearing aids, dry and loaded. Here!
That said, if you go out in the rain with your hearing aid or if you accidentally wear it in the shower, it is wise to dry it immediately.
Some drying boxes are equipped with UV lighting, such as Yorksound Hearing Device Dray Case, an added benefit to sanitize your appliances while you dry them.
Non-electronic dehumidifiers for your hearing aids
It is important to dry your hearing aids!
There are also other ways to dry out your hearing aids, such as desiccants. The drier for hearing aids is in the form of pellets, discs or tissues.
This is obviously handy when there is no power outlet nearby to connect a hearing aid drying box.
Desiccant products are easy to obtain online or in your pharmacy. If you’re looking for the best way to dry your hearing aids, yorksoundtech.com has been researching the best drying solutions for hearing aids in 2019 – take a look.
A cuff can help protect your hearing aid from rain or perspiration
If you want to avoid water or moisture in your hearing aid, you can purchase water-resistant cases, such as the Ear Gear Cuff, which also protect your hearing aids from dirt and so on. This is a big advantage when you play sports and you sweat a lot.