Did you know that over 75% of hearing aid repairs are caused by moisture and/or earwax buildup in the hearing instrument? Sounds very unfair especially if you live in a hot and humid area like Texas, lead an active life where you occasionally sweat (who doesn’t?), or like to hang out by the pool. The great news is that nearly all repairs associated with moisture exposure are preventable. Maximize the performance and longevity of your hearing aids with a hearing aid dehumidifier.
All dehumidifiers are designed to pull moisture from hearing aids at night while you sleep. There are several different kinds of hearing aid dehumidifiers available; some are electronic where others are comprised of a jar containing either beads or a pillow filled with beads. Which one will be the best for you will depend on how big of a role moisture plays in your day-to-day life.
I LIVE IN A HOT/HUMID AREA OF THE COUNTRY:
Minimally invest in a dehumidifier jar like the Mini Dry Aid (for smaller hearing aids) or the Super Dry-Aid (for larger hearing aids). Before retiring for the evening, simply place hearing aids with battery doors open inside the jar on top of the foam pad and close the cover securely. Occasionally the beads will need to be reactivated in a microwave. If you don’t want to bother with reactivation, consider the Dry-Caddy which comes with six disposable dry-discs. Simply change the disc out every 2 months and you have a year supply of hearing aid moisture protection?
I AM SOMEWHAT ACTIVE AND EXPOSE MY HEARING AIDS TO PERSPIRATION ABOUT ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK:
If this is the case, consider investing in an electronic hearing aid dehumidifier like the Perfect Dry Lux. The unit has a fan that circulates air in the compartment, removing moisture without the need to use a desiccant.
I AM VERY ACTIVE AND EXPOSE MY HEARING AIDS TO PERSPIRATION AT LEAST THREE TIMES A WEEK:
The best solution for you is the Zephyr. This is an electronic hearing aid dehumidifier that circulates warm air in the compartment with the use of a replaceable desiccant. When the air pulls moisture out of the hearing aid, the desiccant absorbs that moisture, providing you with maximum moisture protection. The Zephyr comes packaged with one desiccant that is ready to use; replacement desiccants are available in 3-packs and must be changed out every two months for maximum performance.
I AM VERY ACTIVE BUT ALSO PRONE TO GETTING EAR CANAL INFECTIONS or HAVE ITCHY EARS:
The Dry & Store Global will be the best hearing aid dehumidifier for you. It works exactly like the Zephyr but provides a UV light that kills microorganism that tend to reside on hearing aid surfaces. At night, wipe your hearing aid with a good cleaning/disinfecting towelette and then place the instruments in the Dry & Store Global with battery doors open. When the lid closes, a 3 minute UV cycle will help kill 99% of germs. Throughout the night, a fan circulates warm air to pull moisture from your hearing aids. This unit uses the same replacement desiccants as the Zephyr.
I TRAVEL A LOT AND NEED SOMETHING CONVENIENT:
I TRAVEL A LOT ABROAD AND AM CONCERNED ABOUT VOLTAGE ISSUES:
Any of the jar-type dehumidifiers will work. Some electronic dehumidifiers such as the Zephyr, Dry & Store Global, or Perfect Dry Lux are equipped with universal AC adapters which can be used anywhere in the world (100-240 volts). The only thing you will need is the appropriate plug adapter for whatever country you are visiting.
I AM NOT VERY ACTIVE AND I DON’T THINK I LIVE IN A REALLY HUMID ENVIRONMENT:
Even if you don’t perspire or live in a humid environment, moisture is found everywhere including bathrooms, basements, and during rainy weather. Protect your investment with at least some type of hearing aid dehumidifier.