One of our most popular questions is: Can you wear hearing aids in the rain? And if it does get wet: How to dry out wet hearing aids?
Can I wear my hearing aid in the rain?
Ultimately, water damage can be detrimental to hearing aid performance and lifespan. We strongly recommend that you do not wear your hearing aids in the rain. You should also avoid risking complete immersion such as when swimming or in the shower. All hearing aids are complex electronic devices that need special care and careful treatment. Liquids can damage them easily. Although they are quite robust, you should treat your hearing aids with care. Water is corrosive to the metal and electrical circuits in hearing aids, and will cause them to stop functioning.
Wearing hearing aids in the rain
One of the most detrimental conditions for your hearing aid is moisture and you should always be extra careful to keep your device away from any sources of moisture. That means it is best to avoid wearing your hearing aid in wet conditions.
Getting a hearing aid wet can damage it significantly. Even more so if you do not take the necessary measures to dry it afterwards. That doesn't mean you should stay away from water in general. As long as there is no direct contact between the hearing aid and the water the device is safe. If you happen to be caught in the rain wearing your hearing aid, it is best to remove it and put it in a portable storage box. If that is not possible, then you should make sure that your head stays dry so no moisture can reach the hearing aid.
How can I dry out a wet hearing aid?
Your hearing aid can get wet in various ways. However, depending on the amount of moisture, if you act quickly, you can save your hearing aid from permanent damage. If a few drops of water accidentally find their way on the casing of the hearing aid, you should wipe them away carefully with a dry cloth or soft tissue. In cases you have to wear your hearing aid in places where there is a risk of moisture you can resort to one of the following:
- Have an extra set of water-resistant hearing aids if you need to participate in activities that may dampen your hearing aid.
- Use a protective wrapping for your hearing aids.
- Use a dehumidifier for hearing aids or a Dry Box during the night when you do not wear them. There are plenty of types available and you can ask your audiologist to recommend you some if you are unsure which one to choose. Popular devices are Phonak Dry Boxes and the Dry & Store to remove moisture.
- Open the battery door, take out the battery and leave it to dry naturally. You can use a soft tissue to absorb visible moisture.
- Contact us for advice or take the hearing aid to a specialist as soon as you can to prevent further or irreversible damage.
Under no conditions use a hair dryer or put your hearing aid in a microwave or an oven.
If you have any questions about wearing hearing aids in the rain, how to protect them from water damage, get in touch and our expert team will do their best to help you.
About Hearing Direct
We are one of the world's leading hearing aid specialists. HearingDirect offers a wide range of affordable products, as well as information resources to help improve the quality of life for the hard of hearing. We sell:
- Hearing aids,
- Accessories such as earplugs,
- and amplified devices such as super loud alarm clocks and amplified phones.