Unless your hearing aid is waterproof, immersing the device in water isn’t a good idea. Electronic devices like hearing aids are vulnerable to humidity and water.
However, most of the times, immersing the device in water could be a mistake. You may have forgotten to take it out just before jumping into the swimming pool. Or you couldn’t avoid being in the rain.
However, it happened, and you got yourself a wet hearing aid. Well, before you condemn your hearing aid or take it to your repair guy, the following steps might be what you need to save your device. These steps will help you save money on repairs or buying a new device.
Follow the steps below to save your wet hearing aids.
Quickly take off the hearing aid and turn it off
Taking the device off is the reasonable thing to do if your device stopped working. Most times, it may not stop working immediately, and you might be tempted to think that the device will still be effective.
However, the faster you react to a wet hearing aid, the higher the chance you have to save the device from the damaging effects of water. Therefore, you must act immediately.
Take off the battery
The next step after turning off your hearing aid would be to remove the battery and leave the compartment door open to allow for air to dry out the terminals.
In cases of full immersion, the battery is less likely to be as effective. It is advisable to dispose of the battery correctly and get a new one. It is advisable to use the same battery as recommended by the manufacturer to have your device function effectively.
Contact your manufacturer directly for a replacement battery or talk to your hearing healthcare provider, Perfect Hearing.
Remove dirt, sand and surface water
If the water your device was immersed is dirty of sandy, ensure that you clean it carefully to avoid rubbing dirt further inside your device.
When you take out the dirt and any other visible water, it will prevent the device from having further damage. If the dirt has reached too deep into the device, you may need to change the wax guard.
Dry the device
Use a hearing aid dryer to dry your device thoroughly. However, if you don’t have access to a hearing aid dryer, here are a few other options you could use to dry your wet hearing aid.
- In a well-ventilated area, lay your device on a newspaper.
- To help speed up the drying process, place it near a lamp or a mild heat source.
- You could also place the device in a sealed container with uncooked rice or silica gel.
- Use a cooling fan or dryer.
Allowing your wet device to dry out for up to 2 days (48 hours) would be great if you can wait that long. If after doing everything to save your device and it doesn’t work, visit a hearing aid centre in Malaysia, such as Perfect Hearing.
Our hearing healthcare professionals might be able to give the best advice to get the device working again, or he could recommend a new one.
Your warranty will most likely cover a replacement and you should get a new one in a couple of days or weeks.
Losing a hearing aid can be frustrating and inconvenient. In case you are not able to take the above steps to save your wet hearing aid, visit your caring hearing aid centre, Perfect Hearing. Our professionals could get your device fixed within a couple of days.
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