Summertime and the living is easy…

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…but the heat, humidity and body moisture can be hard on your hearing aids reducing sensitivity, shortening battery life and causing corrosion. Where moisture conditions are excessive, the sensitive microphone and receiver may even become inoperable.  Here are some simple steps that can be taken to prevent damage and ensure that you protect your hearing aid investment.

Avoid moisture.  If you find yourself sweating excessively while gardening or cutting the lawn, it might be a good idea to forgo wearing your hearing aids during these activities.

Allow your aids to ‘dry out’ over night.  Always store your aids with the battery doors open to allow the battery compartment access to air.  It is a great idea and a minor investment to purchase a Dry Aid Kit.  The kit consists of a container and a packet of moisture drawing beads that remove the daily accumulation of moisture in the hearing aid and/or earmold and tubing while you sleep.

Store your aids and your hearing aid batteries in a cool, dry location in your house.  I always recommend storing them in your bedroom rather than the bathroom.

Regular service and maintenance will help ward off moisture damage.  You might want to come if for some extra service over the summer.

Should you ever accidentally jump into the shower or pool with your hearing aids on take the batteries out right away and let them dry out for a few days before trying to use them again.  Behind-the-ear hearing aids all have a moisture resistant coating but only a few are considered waterproof.

Summertime isn’t an excuse not to wear your hearing aids.  Use the tips above and continue to wear your aids everyday…just not while you are water skiing.