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How Humidity Affects Your Hearing Aids

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Hearing aids are very effective devices that can improve one’s hearing and have many additional features that are also helpful, like amplifying sounds and drowning out background noise. But, these intricate devices are also very sensitive and can sometimes succumb to circumstances you have no control over, such as humid conditions. Humidity refers to tiny water molecules in the air, and these microscopic water droplets are what cause irreparable damage to hearing aids. That said, have a look down below at how humidity affects your hearing aids and what you can do about it.

What components in your hearing aid do humidity damage?

Hearing aids are actually tiny technological miracles that can do wonders for your hearing. What makes a hearing aid have all its great features is the small yet sophisticated audio process chip, and this is also the part of the hearing aid that acquires the most damage when exposed to humid conditions. As a result, your hearing aid can’t perform any of the tasks that the audio processing chip is responsible for, such as:

  • Digital sound streaming to the speaker
  • Anti-feedback
  • Blocking out background noise with noise reduction

The amount of damage humidity does to your hearing aid is the equivalent of throwing your hearing aid into a swimming pool, seeing as the droplets in the air collect inside the hearing aid and ruin the batteries and components.

What can you do to prevent humidity from damaging your hearing aid?

If the weather is humid, then there isn’t really something you can do to take the risk away wholly. However, there are some steps you can take from your side to minimize the effects of the humidity to some extent and make your hearing aid last as long as possible, such as:

  • Buying a dehumidifier for indoor use. A dehumidifier will not only protect your hearing aid but also allow the entire household to breathe a little easier by preventing mildew and mold, as well as removing dust mites from the air. You can also buy a dehumidifier specifically for hearing aids. These devices come with silica gel crystals within a drying kit placed within the dehumidifier and remove all moisture from the air. 
  • Leaving your hearing aid in a cool, dry place before going swimming instead of next to the pool or in the sun.
  • When exercising, try wearing a sweatband to prevent any moisture from entering the hearing aid. The sweatband will keep the hearing aid dry and prevent future problems with the hearing aid should any sweat reach the hearing aid. 
  • When applying lotion, sunscreen, or oils, make sure your hands are completely dry before touching your hearing aid. You can even wash your hands and dry them thoroughly before picking up your hearing aid to ensure no residue is left on your hands.

What should you do if you suspect your hearing aid has damage?

Firstly, you need to identify why exactly you think your hearing aid is damaged. If moisture has entered the hearing aid and caused trouble, the hearing aid may portray some of the following signs:

  • Sometimes the device works, and other times it doesn’t.
  • The sound from the hearing aid fades in and out, becoming louder and softer.
  • Crackling or static sounds coming from the hearing aid.
  • The sound may cut out entirely when the noise gets loud.

However, suppose you only suspect your hearing aid is damaged due to a few sporadic incidents. In that case, you can start checking the device by ensuring the batteries are inserted correctly and aren’t close to dying out. You can even check if the battery port has collected some dust or needs to be cleaned out for the batteries to connect correctly to the hearing aid. Next, you can check if the tube is still intact or moved from its position.

Checking the ports of the hearing aid as well as the filters can also maybe solve the problem the device is giving. But, if all of the above has been checked out and you still haven’t gotten to the root of the problem, then contacting your hearing instrument specialist may be the right thing to do. They’ll be able to do a more internal inspection and figure out exactly why your hearing aid isn’t working as it should. 

You deserve to have a hearing aid that is always in optimal condition – contact Stanwood Hearing by calling 360-502-4644 today to find out how they can help you with your hearing aid and the many services they provide!