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Your hearing aids represent a significant investment in your hearing health. It is likely that you received a small kit and advice on how to maintain your hearing aids so that you can enjoy the best hearing possible. But, what you may not have heard about before are hearing aid dryers and how they can help you care for your hearing aids.
What Is A Hearing Aid Dryer?
A hearing aid dryer—sometimes called a hearing aid dehumidifier—is a device designed to safely store and dry your hearing aids out. If you are able to pick up a hearing aid dryer for your hearing aids, you definitely should.
Hearing aids worn throughout the day are exposed to a lot of moisture—such as sweat, ear wax, air humidity, accidental splashing, and other sources. Rather than leave your hearing aids to sit in the moisture overnight once you take them out for the day, putting them in a hearing aid dryer significantly help in drying out your hearing aids so that the circuits aren’t damaged.
There are variations between hearing aid dryers. Some of them are simply areated storage cases that allow airflow through to banish the moisture. Though, the ones that count as a dehumidifier often actively dry your hearing aids while also sanitizing them. Our hearing instrument specialists have worked with all types of hearing aid dryers and walk you through the various dryers and what is best for you.
How Can A Hearing Aid Dryer Help Your Hearing Aids?
There are a variety of ways that a hearing aid dryer can help with your hearing aids. Depending on your needs, the ways this device can assist you may help you decide whether a hearing aid dryer is right for you.
Protects Against Moisture Damage
Moisture is possibly one of the biggest dangers for hearing aids. These little hearing devices are essentially tiny computers, and we all know that electronics and water don’t mix well.
With the constant exposure to humidity and moisture throughout the day, sometimes taking out your hearing aids isn’t enough to fully dry them out. While you should always pop the battery doors open to promote full drying and airflow, having a hearing aid dryer can ensure that your hearing aids are completely dry before you put them back on in the morning.
Supplements Regular Cleaning
Now, don’t get us wrong—hearing aid dryers don’t replace regular cleaning. Much like how hanging sweaty clothes doesn’t make them clean, hearing aids that have been constantly sweated on and in contact with ear wax and other debris need to be cleaned.
Hearing aids need to be wiped down with a soft cloth nightly, and about once a week, thoroughly cleaned with a pick and have the battery contacts wiped down. Replacing the wax guard is also another important cleaning aspect. However, with a hearing aid dryer, it will be easier to remove dried ear wax and moisture will have far less of a chance to build up and potentially corrode the battery contacts.
Safe Storage Place
Some people set their hearing aids on their nightstands or dressers, trusting luck that the cat or a careless movement won’t knock them to the ground. Unfortunately, this lack of safe storage is how many hearing aids end up in our in-house hearing aid repair lab or just lost in general.
Rather than run these risks, a hearing aid dryer is a great way to safely store your hearing aids at night. You likely won’t move your dryer often—so you can easily locate your hearing aids in the morning—and your hearing aids will be safer if you bump into the hearing aid dryer, rather than the hearing aids themselves.
Helps To Sanitize Hearing Aids
The more advanced hearing aid dryers like the Widex dryers pictured above can help sanitize your hearing aids while they are inside. Even better, with the right dryer, your rechargeable hearing aids can be placed inside to dry out and become more sanitary.
Talk To Our Hearing Specialists About Hearing Aid Dryers
Not all hearing aid dryers are compatible with the various hearing aids out there. To ensure that your hearing aids are put in the right hearing aid dehumidifier, you should talk to our hearing instrument specialists. They can see what hearing aids you have, discuss your lifestyle needs as well as your budget, and recommend the right hearing aid dryers for you. We can even order your hearing aid dryer and make the process easy.
With the help of our hearing health care professionals, you can enjoy better hearing and personalized advice for your hearing needs. To start working with the best team of caring professionals, contact us today to set up your appointment.