Over the years as a hearing instrument specialist, I’ve lost track of how many times distressed patients have called me because water had damaged their hearing devices.  Some patients have reported poor performance from wet devices. Others said their instruments had stopped working. All of these patients always want to know what they should do next.

Getting Hearing Aids Wet Isn’t Unusual

You’re not alone if you’re trying to figure out what to do about water-damaged hearing aids.  Getting hearing aids wet is a more common problem than most people realize. Dropping hearing aids in water, forgetting to remove devices before a shower, getting caught in the rain, and wearing devices while swimming is just a few ways people manage to get their devices wet. Although most hearing aids are moisture-resistant, anyone who has gotten their hearing aids soaked has discovered they aren’t waterproof.

We Have A Solution To This Problem

Since hearing aids connect people like you or your loved one to the world, water-damaged hearing aids can be quite painful. The good news is my colleagues, and I have a solution to this problem. People can bring their moisture-damaged devices to us at Gold Country Hearing because we can professionally dry hearing aids. Here’s what you need to know about this service.

How Professional Hearing Aid Drying Works

Professional drying is one of the services we offer as part of our hearing center’s hearing aid repair service.

Few hearing clinics have access to the state-of-the-art Redux technology we use to dry hearing instruments. This technology allows us to dry hearing aids quickly and safely.

The process takes about 15 minutes. The technology creates the conditions for the liquid to evaporate from the hearing devices.

They’re placed inside a vacuum chamber that lowers air pressure to change the evaporation point. In such an environment, less heat is necessary for water to vaporize.

Then the dryer’s heat can remove moisture at a temperature that’s safe for your devices. Sometimes, I’ll have a patient who is concerned about putting their hearing instruments in a dryer. They’re relieved when I explain their devices will be secured with rubber silicone straps while they’re in the advanced hearing aid dryer. Our professional drying process is safe for all models and brands of hearing devices. Also, I like to assure people Redux technology is very effective and has a high success rate.

How To Prevent Water Accidents

While I’m happy, we can help patients who get their hearing aids wet; preventing water mishaps is the best course of action. My number one tip is to remind patients it’s never a good idea to store hearing instruments in the bathroom.

It’s helpful to establish a morning routine that always schedules showering before you put on your hearing aids that day. Keep an umbrella in your home, car, and workplace to reduce your chances of being unprepared for heavy rain. If your hearing aids aren’t working correctly due to water damage, your next step is to schedule an appointment with our hearing aid repair service.

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Camille Smith

Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist Camille Smith is dedicated to finding solutions to help people hear their very best. Her deep sense of compassion for the hearing-impaired community has inspired her to continue to learn about how to best to serve our patients.