Hearing aids should always be kept as far away from water as possible. However, sometimes accidents do happen, and your hearing aid may end up getting filled with water. It may get water inside it if you have a very active lifestyle or if you don’t remove it before showering. If any of these things happen, you need to take steps immediately to ensure that your hearing aid has not been damaged.

Here is what you should do immediately after your hearing aid gets wet.

Disconnect the Hearing Aid

The first thing you need to do is turn off the hearing aid. Take the battery from the hearing aid and start drying it. Hold up the hearing aid and begin taking any water out of it gently. Get a piece of newspaper, put the hearing aid on it and place it on a radiator for a few hours, keep the battery compartment open during this time.

Use a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier can be used to help dry out your hearing aid by removing humidity from your hearing aid. It will also dry out any wax as well. Humidifiers are also good for getting rid of bad odors and bacteria.

While this is an effective method of drying out your hearing aid there are a few steps that you need to follow. First, you will need to open the battery compartment of your hearing aid, leave the battery compartment open as you would if you were placing it on a radiator. 

Take a piece of cloth and dry it out as best as you can. You should then place the hearing aid and a battery inside the dehumidifier system. Keep the dehumidifier system on for 24 hours.

After 24 hours you can put the battery back in the hearing aid to see if it works. If the old battery doesn't work, you can try a new one to see if you have better results.

Removing Sea Water or Dirty Water

If you went swimming and accidentally forgot to take out your hearing aid or if it drops in muddy water, then you can use any one of the procedures that have been outlined here. 

If the water that gets into the hearing aid is either salty or muddy, it is best for you to rinse out the hearing aid with some clean water before proceeding with any of the two drying options presented here.