Dry aid and other care tips
Wax and moisture damage says the report. Really? I'm very careful about my hearing aids – don't drop them, never forget to take them out for a shower or swim. I don't wear them when it's hot unless I have to. Humidity, moisture, and wax are notorious for shortening the life of a hearing aid. So is hopping in the shower with them…
If you can take them out on really hot days, or when exercising, you will prolong their life as they are exposed to less moisture from perspiration. To help protect them, there are little ‘sweat socks’ you can buy to place over the hearing aid that wicks the moisture away. (Or you can place the mould in the ear and let the over-the-ear bit hang in space…)
Using a ‘dry pack’ overnight for storage will help to dry out some of the moisture that accumulates daily around your devices. Do use the dry pack according to the instructions to get the best out of it.
Don't store your hearing aids in very hot or cold environs. Avoid humid places e.g. the kitchen with the oven on. If you do wear your hearing devices in very humid conditions, dry your ear canal with the clean tissue regularly, and wipe the outside of the mould and cover.
Regular servicing of your hearing aids every 6 to 12 months will certainly prolong their life. You may need to ask for this. You would never buy a car and not service it, yet some companies will only offer a service just before the warranty expires at the 3 year mark. Be assertive!
If you do get an itchy canal from your mould, a special coating can be applied that will prevent irritation - more on that next blog.
Like so many things round hearing devices, you need to ask questions – write these down between visits and take the list with you. There are often good solutions, but you have to ask – the information isn’t volunteered at appointments unless your audiologist is aware of what issues you are having.