Water damage to hearing aids?

I accidently splashed water over the microphone openings on one of my hearing aids, it still worked afterwards though after drying it.

Just want to know if this thing keeps on happening would the hearing aids slowly deteriorate or do they just stop working completely due to water getting inside?

They seem to be alright at the moment but how bad is it if water gets inside? or any other liquid for that matter?

If water stays in the aid for a period of time it will slowly cause corrosion and damage. Many of the newer aids have a nanocoating which helps prevent water penetration. I believe that the use of a Dry & Store every night is very beneficial in keeping the moisture removed from your aids.
I have the Dry & Store Zypher and it keeps my aids dry. Even after being caught in the rain a few times I put them in the Dry & Store for a cycle and have never had a moisture related problem.

Correct. As with most electronics, it isn’t the water itself that is the biggest threat (though corrosion will kill the aid eventually) it is the water causing parts of the hearing aid to short out and make bad connections. If your hearing aid gets wet take the battery out and make sure to dry it out throroughly. A dry and store or just a de-humidifier (a bag of dry rice/salt will do in a pinch) for 24-48 hours should be sufficent to dry out a device. If it still does not work, take it in to your specialist.

The bag of rice works well for soaked electronics, as long as you do it quickly before corrosion can begin. I washed and dried a Bluetooth Headset that was left in a pants pocket. Tossed it in a Tupperware bowl with a bag of rice. Sealed the bowl and left it in for about 4 days. Removed the headset, plugged it into a charger and it worked just fine.

Not salt, never ever salt.

It depends on the hearing aid. The good ones were always surprisingly hardy. I remember a patient in England who lost their aid back in the 90s. Six months later, after it had been outside exposed to English weather, they found it, brought it inside, dried it out and it still worked.

These days most manufactures are using a nano technology coating to repel moisture, and some even have a dual layer system to repel oil too.

Are the new HAs that are waterproof to IP67 really that much more waterproof? I wanted ones that are waterproof as i sweat behind my ears, and am also outdoors camping and hiking and therefore sometime in the rain.

My audi says she has never seen a case of an Ha having a problem because of this and she has been in the business 30 years. Another audi told me it is just advertising and all HAs are waterproof.

I have been trialing Phonak Naida S IX CRTs which are waterproof, but I am now trying Oticon Agil Pro miniRITEs which are not. I like the Phonaks better and will go back to a Spice+ model.

I had not previously been concerned about the size but the miniRITEs fit much better with the cable temples of my glasses. So I am thinking that perhaps the Audeo S IXs Mini (or possibly the SMART) might be better, but they are not waterproof. I know I would be giving up DuoPhone, but so far I am just finding telecoil to be a PITA as it interferes with headphones. And I guess I would have to check that the Minis would have enough power for my hearing loss.

I guess the new waterproof HAs have not been out long enough to really know if they are that much better, but what are your opinions of how important that feature is.

I believe that Starkey first introduced a waterproof aid in 2007ish. And I’ve seen far fewer moisture issues since then. They then introduced the double nano coat as standard on all their aids since the summer of 2011. This helps defend against sweat too.

Found them to be very robust as a result. I think most manufacturers are at this point using nano technology on at least some of their aids.

Hi Folks. I’m new here and stumbled across this excellent site quite by accident. I have had my HAs for about 18 months now. (Oticon Spirit Zest courtesy of good old UK NHS) and am absolutely delighted with them. I was warned about keeping them dry and have even gone to the lengths of making sure I wear a hat to protect them in the rain. Last year whilst on holiday (Italy -very hot) I took a shower during the day and it was only when I stuck my head under the water that I realised I still had my aids in. I was horrified, but took them straight out, dryed the exterior, removed the batteries and gave the lot a blast or two with a hair dryer. I’m pleased to say that they continued to work and are still doing so eight months down the line.
I always open the battery compartment at night to allow any condensation to evaporate but have never heard of these drying boxes I am seeing referred to. How neccesary do people feel they are?

don’t 4get about the Siemens Aquaris since they’re waterproof 2 :slight_smile:

Have the same issue with the BTE although I am almost always inside… If you can get the in-ear it is less exposed. it all depends on your loss level and other things.

I have never had a problem with the in-ear getting soaked from sweat under heavy outdoor work conditions.

problem now for me is they say my hearing finally dropped below the full in-ear capability.

Now I am forced to use inadequacy designed BTE like the mic hole being shaped like a funnel laying right against the scalp. and the battery door placed in a maner that the latch acts as a catch funnel to direct sweat into the internal part of the battery housing.