Hearing aids are designed to protect their electronic parts from debris and moisture, but there are times when you will need to take extra care of yours.
Any hearing device can be severely damaged if water gets in. Most of the time, your daily cleaning routine will remove any moisture, but if it doesn’t, you’ll need something more effective, which is where the Redux dryer shines.
Below, I’ll outline some of the problems that can occur with moisture damage and what you can do about them, along with some info about the in-office Redux system Hear in Texas has.
Why Is Getting Your Hearing Aids Wet an Issue?
Most hearing aid manufacturers say their devices offer some degree of moisture protection – using words such as “water resistant,” “water repellant,” or “waterproof” in their sales brochures – but moisture can still get in.
Even fully waterproof hearing aids only keep out water when submerged up to three feet deep, and no hearing aid can stay dry if it’s accidentally run through the wash or taken deep sea diving.
The smallest bit of moisture can short the circuit, flood the receivers, or cause the microphone to fail, and if it’s left in, it will start to cause problems within a few weeks, if it hasn’t immediately.
It’s not just water that can get inside hearing aids – it’s any type of moisture. Humidity, condensation, and sweat can all find a way in, causing hearing aids to malfunction. For example, people who like to stay active have to be diligent about wiping the perspiration off their devices every 30 minutes or so just to keep them in top shape.
Signs of Water Damage – What Constitutes an Emergency?
If you think water has damaged your hearing aid(s), skip the YouTube videos and call us right away. Our Redux machine can extract all the water from them, and the quicker we do this, the better the prognosis is for your hearing aids.
If your hearing aids feel wet, aren’t working, or the sound isn’t as good as usual, then call or text us at (830) 360-2000 to book your clean and check. We feel this is safer than just hoping for the best, as we can make sure every internal part is dry and working as it should.
In the short waiting period before your appointment, there are some things you can try with your hearing devices:
- Keep them at room temperature in a dry location.
- If they are battery operated, remove the battery and leave the battery door open.
- Wipe them down with a soft drying cloth.
- Put them in a dehumidifier for 24 hours.
What’s a Redux Hearing Aid Drying System?
Redux is a piece of equipment that can dry your hearing device quickly and effectively. There’s lots to love about it:
- It dries hearing devices in 15 minutes max.
- It removes every single drop of moisture safely. Thanks to the way it can vaporize liquid at a low temperature, it’s been proven to remove moisture 98% of the time and improve performance in 77% of hearing aids.
- It can dry any hearing device – AirPods, hearables, battery-powered and rechargeable hearing aids, and even implants.
- It reports how much moisture it removes.
The latter fact — the report — helps us assess how much moisture your hearing aids might accrue with certain activities, which can help you plan a personalized drying schedule and prevent any future moisture damage.
How Hear in Texas Provides the Best Service for Wet Hearing Aids in New Braunfels
We have so many beautiful spots in New Braunfels for water recreation — the Comal River, Guadalupe River, Texas Ski Ranch, and Schlitterbahn, for example — that we tend to have a few more hearing aids dropped off for water damage repairs than other hearing centers in Texas. That’s why we love the Redux.
And we don’t just use it for water emergencies. We also use it as part of a clean and check, before we start repairs, and before we send it to the manufacturer if it needs a more involved repair job.
Need to Give Your Hearing Aids a Redux Drying Treatment?
Call us at (830) 360-2000 to schedule a Redux moisture removal at Hear in Texas. It only takes 15 minutes, and we’re happy to have you in our waiting room while we do it.
Consider leaving it with us for a clean and check too. That way, you can walk out knowing your hearing aids are totally clean and they are working efficiently.