A variety of styles and sizes of hearing aids are available on the market, and some even have water-resistant features. However, you must understand the difference between “water-resistant” and “waterproof” and why water-resistant hearing aids should not get wet. Though you can save your hearing aids if they accidentally get wet, you should try to avoid this situation. Do you or a loved one need new water-resistant hearing aids? Audiology on Call can come to your home to perform comprehensive hearing assessments and help you find the right water-resistant hearing aids in Roswell, GA!

The Difference Between Water-Resistant and Waterproof

Like any electronic device, hearing aids are vulnerable to water damage. When hearing aids get wet, they can malfunction, which affects their functionality and lifespan. Water damages the microphone, speakers, and other electrical components that make up the hearing aid. For these reasons, keep your hearing aids dry.

Many hearing aids on the market have water-resistant features. They have a coating or material that repels water. The coating protects the hearing aid from water damage caused by sweat, rain, or other types of moisture. However, these hearing aids are not entirely waterproof, and you should not submerge them in water. Water-resistant hearing aids can withstand minimal exposure to water, such as walking through a parking lot in the rain, but they are not designed to be used in water-related activities like swimming or taking a bath or shower.hearing-aids-roswell-ga-insert

Humidity is a silent threat to hearing aids. As we mentioned above, hearing aids should be removed for activities where they could be completely submerged in water. They should also be removed if they are going to be exposed to excessive humidity. Some examples of these situations include working out or doing yard work. Make sure to remove your hearing aids any time you are going to be sweating more than usual.

What if I Get My Hearing Aids Wet?

If you accidentally get your non-waterproof hearing aids wet, take the following steps:hearing-aids-roswell-ga-parts

  1. Turn them off immediately and remove the batteries.
  2. Carefully dry the hearing aids with a towel or tissue. Avoid using a hairdryer, since the heat can further damage the hearing aid. Use a hearing aid dehumidifier if you have one. Some of our favorite hearing aid dehumidifiers are the Dry and Store and the DryLux. Many brands of rechargeable hearing aids also have a built-in dryer.
  3. Leave the hearing aids to dry at room temperature for at least 24 hours before turning them back on.
  4. Alternatively, you can also try putting the hearing aid in a sealed bag of uncooked rice, which will absorb the moisture.

 Hear Well with Hearing Aids in Roswell GA with the Help of Audiology on Call!

Hearing aids and water activities can get complicated. Always consult with a hearing care professional, such as those on Audiology on Call’s team, before choosing hearing aids. We will recommend the best hearing aids and give advice on how to take care of hearing aids before and after water activities.

Knowing the difference between water-resistant and waterproof hearing aids is crucial in taking care of your device. If you or a loved one could benefit from water-resistant hearing aids, Audiology on Call can help. Call us at (833) 244-3275 or contact us online to schedule your appointment and discuss your need for hearing aids in your home in Roswell GA and all of Metro Atlanta.

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