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Can your hearing aids survive a shower?

What do you do if you walk into a shower or bath with your hearing aids on?  Has this happened to you?

It has happened to me more than once.  Knowing that hearing aids are an important investment and that water and electronics don't mix, usually I am very careful, but I have forgotten two times. 

The first time I walked into the shower with my hearing aids on, I realized that I still had them on as soon as I turned on the water.  I just stepped out, took them off, opened the hearing aid’s battery door and put the hearing aids with the open door on a dry counter and went right back into the shower. I did not touch the hearing aids any more than necessary since I was still wet. While taking my shower, I worried about their survival.  I left them alone overnight and the next morning replaced the batteries, and they worked fine!  

The second time this happened I was already fully showered when I realized that the hearing aids were still in. So I stepped out right away and did the same thing. But I also wiped them off since they were very wet. The next morning I replaced the batteries and the hearing aid worked perfectly. So it is not a fluke that they can survive a shower. But don't make it a habit!

It is particularly important to have hearing aids that have some sort of water resistant coating. So, if inadvertently you forget to take out your hearing aids, you can very likely save your hearing aids by simply following these three simple steps:

  1. Calmly step out of the shower
  2. Put the hearing aids on a counter and open the battery door.   If the hearing aids are wet wipe them off with a dry towel.
  3. Wait about 12 hours, take out the batteries in both hearing aids, replace them, and try them out.  We think that they should work fine.

Our LSN-Wisely series of hearing aids all have a Nano water resistant coating to keep moisture from penetrating and damaging the hearing aids. Go to www.hearingwisdom.com or call us at 1-888-564-2436 for more information.