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Hearing Aid Tip Of The Month: Protection Against Heat and Humidity

Like all other forms of technology, hearing aids and humidity are a bad mixture. While humidity is not a huge problem in the deserts of Southern Utah, we are hitting that point in the year where late, hot summer storms are rolling in and raising the humidity as well as the chances of being caught in a surprise rainstorm. To help you protect your hearing aids from this combination of heat and humidity, we have some hearing aid tips for you.

How To Identify Humidity- Or Heat-Damaged Hearing Aids

If you are concerned that your hearing aids may have already become damaged by either the heat or humidity, there are some signs you can look for which will indicate heat or humidity damage.

  • Hearing aid sounds are flawed with static, distortion, or crackling.
  • The sound will fade in and out on your hearing aids.
  • The device will only work intermittently, often cutting out on loud noises.

These problems may indicate other issues. So, before you jump to conclusions, make sure your hearing aids:

  • Are turned on
  • Have fully charged batteries
  • Are completely clean and free of debris

Ways To Protect Your Hearing Aids From Heat And Humidity

If your hearing aids are in good working order and you would like to keep them that way, we would recommend you regularly do these things to protect your hearing aids from humidity and heat damage.

  • Use a hearing aid dryer – To remove gathered moisture from hearing aids, it is essential to use a hearing aid dryer on a regular basis. Our doctors of audiology can recommend a hearing aid dryer which will suit your budget and hearing aids requirements.
  • Store your batteries safely – Heat can drain hearing aid batteries faster, so we recommend you keep replacement hearing aid batteries with you. Keep them in their case and carry them secure, not lose in a purse or pants pocket.
  • Avoid wearing hearing aids during workouts – Even early mornings and evenings in Southern Utah can be quite hot and humid. So, no matter when you exercise, we recommend you don’t wear your hearing aids to protect them from pooling sweat.
  • Open the battery doors every night – Moisture can easily become trapped in the battery area of your hearing aids. Be sure to pop open your hearing aid battery door every night as you place them in their case.
  • Use hats and umbrellas – When a storm is threatening or happening, use hats and/or umbrellas to protect your hearing aids. Travel umbrellas can be very small, making them easy to carry and a simple way to protect your hearing aid investment.

Hearing & Balance Doctors Can Repair Hearing Aids

Should your hearing aids become damaged by heat, moisture or regular wear and tear, they likely can still be repaired by our doctors of audiology. So, if you need your hearing aids repaired, replaced, or other hearing-related services, contact us today so one of our doctors of audiology can help you.

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