Even the smallest amount of water can damage the delicate circuitry housed within your hearing aids.

Do You Need a Dehumidifier for Your Hearing Aids?

by | Jan 20, 2023 | Hearing Aid Repairs, Hearing aids, Patient Resources, Technology

Hearing aids are a marvel of modern technology. The relief they provide to millions of people cannot be understated, and we are fortunate to live in a time where such devices are available.

However, these devices are only as good as the care they receive. They cannot function properly if they are not treated well. The biggest enemy of hearing aids is moisture. Water can easily find its way into even the smallest of crevices.

We always encourage best practices when it comes to hearing aid maintenance, but one thing every hearing aid owner should have is a hearing aid dehumidifier.

What Is A Hearing Aid Dehumidifier?

Hearing aid dehumidifiers are designed to reduce moisture buildup within your hearing aids. They come in different forms to suit various levels of moisture and different types of hearing aids.

These highly effective devices can save you thousands of dollars in repairs, making them a valuable investment.

What Causes Excess Moisture In Hearing Aids?

Moisture can penetrate hearing aids through a variety of avenues. The most common is sweat, whether from exercise or hot weather. Other causes include:

Using a sauna or taking a shower

  • Sudden rainstorm
  • Hair styling products
  • Water sports

It is important to protect your hearing aids from these sources of moisture to prevent damage and costly repairs.

Hearing Aid Dehumidifiers Options

Hearing aid dehumidifiers are available in different forms. Here are some of the most common and effective options:

  1. UV-Clean and Dry Box: This option is popular because it not only dries your hearing aids but also cleans them using a powerful ultraviolet light to kill any bacteria and viruses present. Simply place your hearing aids in the compartment before bed and they will be fresh and dry when you wake up.
  2. Dehumidifier Jar: For a travel-friendly option that does not require power, try using a dehumidifier jar. It is lined with a drying agent that pulls moisture out of your hearing aids. This process is slower but can be used nightly to keep your hearing aids dry and functional.
  3. Tubing Air Blower: This option is a little more hands-on, and requires you to attach it to the tubes in your hearing aids to dry them out. This can be used once a week or immediately after your hearing aids come in contact with water.

It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using hearing aid dehumidifiers to ensure proper use and to maximize their effectiveness.

Where To Get A Hearing Aid Dehumidifier

​Hearing aid dehumidifiers can be found at many large pharmacy chains, such as CVS and Walgreens, as well as at Walmart and online through Amazon. Our team is happy to advise you on which type will best suit your specific hearing aids.

What To Do If Concerned About Hearing Aids?

If you think your hearing aids have come into contact with moisture, it’s important to act quickly. Place them in your dehumidifier immediately and, if possible, remove the battery and leave the battery door open to improve airflow. If the problem seems more severe, contact us right away and we can assist you over the phone.

To prevent further issues, schedule a hearing aid repair appointment with us so we can give your device a tune-up and answer any questions you have on how to protect your hearing aids.

Remember, hearing aids are a significant investment in your well-being, so it’s important to keep them in optimal working condition through the use of hearing aid dehumidifiers.

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Dr. Bridget B. Garrido, Au.D.

Dr. Garrido joined the Acadian Hearing & Speech Services team in 1994. She received her doctorate of audiology from Salus University in Elkins Park, PA, a master’s degree in communication disorders from LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, and an undergraduate degree from LSU Baton Rouge. Dr. Garrido is certified nationally from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds Louisiana state licensure.