While I do enjoy the sound of a bubbling brook, water in general is not your friend when it comes to hearing aids. Humidity, rain, sweat or an accidental soaking in the shower can cause havoc with the electronics of the aid. In fact, moisture damage is one of the most common culprits of hearing aid malfunction. Luckily there are several options to help reduce or remove water, including a new piece of equipment that is now available in both of our Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury locations.
Presenting Redux, our newest and most efficient drying solution!
By creating a vacuum, Redux can evaporate moisture at a lower temperature in at least 8 minutes! The more water present in your hearing aids, the longer it will take. When it is done, we can print you off a report saying how much moisture was actually removed! This service is provided for no extra charge with hearing aid warranties including our new extended in-clinic warranty.
While the Redux system is ready for use in our clinics, there are several options you can use to reduce the risk or remove moisture from your hearing aids at home:
washable sleeves which fit over behind-the-ear hearing aids to act as a barrier for moisture
come in a variety of colours and sizes
additional benefits of dust and wind protection and security (if corded option is selected to attach to clothing)
drying capsules or ‘pucks’ full of desiccants to be used in a sealed container or select chargers to absorb water
Intended for use overnight/many hours
make sure to keep the lid of the charger or drying container closed at all times, even when the hearing aids are not inside, to ensure the longevity of the puck
typically fades in colour as moisture is absorbed which can be used as an indicator of when to change the puck
either standalone devices or incorporated into the charging unit for rechargeable hearing aids
removes water, typically within a 6 or 8 hour session
can come with UV light disinfection option
more efficient that desiccants
Keeping your hearing aids dry is good practice to ensure the longevity and reduce the need for repairs. Some people’s hearing aids may be more at risk for moisture damage than others depending on where you live and work or how much you perspire. Use the above mentioned options to ensure the optimal performance of your hearing devices.
Happy hearing and enjoy the warmer weather,