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If you have hearing aids, then you should know that your audiologist will likely need to complete some maintenance on the aids on a semi-regular basis. While this is true, you will also need to complete some tasks at home to retain function. Keep reading to learn about some of the ways that you can keep moisture from building within the hearing aid.
Open Up The Battery Compartment
You probably already know that it is wise to keep your hearing aids away from water sources, including showers, swimming pools, saunas, and rain. However, even if you stay away from water, some fluid will likely build up within the hearing aid itself. If the moisture comes into contact with the hearing aid's batteries, then you may start to see some corrosion forming. Not only can this be dangerous in terms of the battery acid coming into contact with your inner ear, but it can also cause damage to the inner workings of the hearing aid itself.
You'll want to make sure that moisture can evaporate by opening up the battery compartment doors when the aid is not in use. This is most convenient when storing your hearing aids overnight or when setting them aside while you get cleaned up. If you do this while showering, then make sure the aids are not kept in the bathroom with you or the steam may collect around the battery.
In addition to keeping the compartment open, you'll want to gently wipe the inner compartment and the battery contacts until they are completely dry.
Purchase A Dehumidifying Box
If you follow the suggestions of your audiologist, then you might want to purchase a dedicated box to place your hearing aids in while you sleep. While you can use a plain, breathable box, you can really reduce moisture by buying a special dehumidifying box. These boxes are specialty items that are made to pull moisture out of the hearing aid while it is stored.
The boxes come in electric and non-electric varieties. The non-electric ones contain a desiccant that will absorb moisture. The desiccants will need to be changed on occasion, but the items are typically low maintenance. The electric ones feature a small dehumidifier or fan within the storage box. These items are sometimes called hearing aid dryers.
If you want to know more about best practices for hearing aid maintenance, speak with an audiologist.