Keep your hearing aids out the splash zone this summer
Posted on Dec 16, 2015
Summer has arrived, and it is here to stay for the next few months, but are you ready for everything the season can bring?
As the mercury rises, we all need to be aware of keeping hydrated and protecting ourselves from the potent Australian sun, but hearing aid wearers will also have to take extra precautions to look after their devices – especially if there's water involved!
Let's take a look at what you should know if you have a hearing aid and are planning on getting in the water this summer.
Away from the water works
Off the beach, or your local pool? Swimming is a fantastic way to keep cool in the hot months, but unfortunately, it also poses a risk to your hearing aids. If you anticipate that you could be immersed in water, remove your hearing aids – H2O and technology aren't usually a match made in heaven.
Find somewhere safe and dry where you can store your device, such as a waterproof case or container. It's a good idea to keep a few of these around during summer, such as in your car, boat or in a handbag where you can easily access them.
What to do if your hearing aids get wet
So you followed the kids into the sea, and you suddenly realise you're still wearing your hearing aids. If they do happen to get wet, remove them from the water immediately, and turn them off.
Take out the battery, and allow the battery compartment to dry out fully overnight. Shake them gently to try and dislodge any water, or use a hearing aid dehumidifier case to help soak up any remaining moisture.
While you can try to use a hair dryer to speed up the process, this is generally not recommended, as excessive heat could result in unnecessary damage. Bring your hearing aids along to your local HEARINGLife if they aren't working as normal the next morning with a new battery.
If you're ready to change your life with a hearing solution, you can click here or call 1800 340 631 to request a no cost* hearing check appointment with your local HEARINGLife clinic.