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From the Gym to Your Home, Moisture is Attacking Your Hearing Aids

Let’s face it: living here in the southwest, we experiece hot summers. If you manage to go from sun up to sun down without breaking a sweat, you are one of the lucky residents. Even if you’re impervious to sweat and moisture, however, there’s a very important part of you that is not—your hearing aid.

Water and Electronics Will Never Mix

While it can be fairly easy to get accustomed to removing your hearing aid to swim or to shower, many of us—especially those who are still adjusting to life with a hearing aid—may still find our hearing aids suffering from moisture problems from time to time.

Whether you are caught out in the rain or are sweating after a round of tennis or golf, your hearing aid is probably exposed to moisture fairly regularly. While technology is improving and evolving to be more moisture-resistant, the electrical system inside your hearing aid remains vulnerable to moisture problems.

How do you know if your hearing aid is having a moisture-related problem? You may notice any of the following during or after a workout, a particularly humid day, or any other time that could expose the hearing aid to moisture:

  • Static or crackling
  • Sound cutting out intermittently
  • Distorted audio
     

While hearing aid manufacturers are always working to improve water resistance ratings on hearing aids, how can you fix or prevent problems with your current set-up?

What Can You Do?

There are several easy solutions available, many of which you can do in your own home. There are hearing aid dehumidifiers on the market, which work to remove moisture from your hearing aid after exposure. These are inexpensive and effective, and are very easy to use.

One of the best things you can do to keep your hearing aids working well is to prevent moisture exposure. Protective sleeves and sweatbands are available, and have helped active individuals keep their hearing aids dry and functional during exercise or strenuous activity.

If you are experiencing trouble with your own hearing aid and suspect that it may be moisture-related, Premier Hearing Center can help! Set up an appointment with our location nearest you by clicking on the “Locations” tab, and give us a call today!

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