If you have ever experienced fuzzy or distorted sound, weakness, static, intermittency, short battery life, or even all-out failure of your hearing aids, and you’ve con- firmed that the batteries are good, there’s a good chance that the culprit is either moisture
or earwax. In fact, manufacturers report that as many as one-half of the aids they receive for repair are malfunctioning due to moisture or earwax.
Some people tend to perspire more than others. Living in a humid environment can also take a toll on the internal hearing aid components. Corrosion can take years off the life of your hearing aid.
There are several moisture control products available that you can save you time, expense, and aggravation due to preventable moisture-related hearing aid problems.
With hearing aid dehumidifiers such as the Zephyr Dry and Store, or Super Dri-Jars, best results are achieved with in-home use every
night. The Zephyr Dry and Store is an electronic device that uses a replaceable moisture absorbing brick. The Dri-Jars are a little less high tech and use desiccant beads that absorb moisture overnight. The beads can be recharged several times in either a conventional oven or microwave oven. (But be sure to remove the hearing aids first!)
The final solution for people who have a really hard time keeping their devices dry are products such as Ear Gear. These are small sleeves that fit over the top of hearing aids and act as mois- ture barriers while be acoustically transparent so the wearer can still hear well.
We have the Dri jars and electronic dry and store devices for sale in our office. The Ear Gear can be ordered online directly from the company at www.gearforears.com.
Call us if you need more information.