Make A Splash Without Damaging Your Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants
Post by: Ellie Zuber
Water: hearing technology’s longtime arch nemesis. When these two mix, hefty repair price could be creeping around the corner. This can be a big challenge in the summer time when the pool or lake is calling your name. When water, or even just moisture gets into your hearing aid (or sound processor, for CI users), it causes damage to the electrical circuit within the body of the hearing aid. Unfortunately, this is something that can’t typically be fixed by your audiologist in house which means you’ll be paying for an out-of-house repair and go without your HA for about two weeks. don’t panic—we have tips to keep your hearing aids and sound processors water free!
1. EarGear—EarGear is a sleeve that fits over your hearing aids to protect them from moisture. They are relatively inexpensive (about $30, typically) and come in a variety of colors. These are great for people working outside in high humidity or out doing lawn work and sweating—but remember these are water resistant not water proof and are not enough protection to jump in the pool with them!
2. Sound Processor Aqua Mics—these are a great solution to CI users! Being unable to hear while in the water (think a young child near a body of water…) is a major safety concern. Luckily, we have a solution for you! Most CI manufacturers have waterproof microphones and cases that the sound processor fits into to protect it from the water. These are typically worn on an armband or on a neckloop. This allows you to wear your processor even when swimming laps!
3. DryAid Kit—these are a very underused, inexpensive solution to moisture problems. A dryaid kit is a small container with crystals in the bottom that work to extract moisture from the hearing aid. If a hearing aid comes in contact with moisture, open the battery door and seal it up in the dryaid kit for several hours and let the crystals dry out the hearing aid. This can often times save you from a trip into your audiologists office and a costly repair. These are inexpensive and typically only cost about $10, a worthwhile investment!
4. Waterproof Case—if you are headed out on the lake for the day or hanging out by the pool it’s a great idea to invest in a waterproof case. You can find lots of waterproof cases designed for electronic devices (like smartphones) that also work great for hearing technology! Remember, prevention is better than repairs J
Just remember—there are lots of ways to protect your hearing aids from moisture. But almost all of these tricks are designed for water resistance meaning small amounts of moisture. If you plan on jumping into a pool take them out and put them in a safe place!