Dr. Debbie & Dr. Kristen’s Tips for Protecting Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants and Baha
1. Avoid exposure to water if the device does not have a specific IP rating or 57 or above. Always use rechargeable batteries for water-related activities.
2. Use an electronic Dry and Store unit, with replaceable bricks, on a routine basis. Overnight and after water exposure are recommended times.
3. For the some sound processors, you may need to remove the UV light bulb from your Dry and Store unit to prevent discoloration of the processor.
4. Take along the case for your child’s auditory equipment. Then, when you are going to amusement parks and swimming pools, you will have a safe, dry place for storage.
5. For Hearing Aids, use a retention system such as Ear Gear, Critter Clips or Safe ‘N Sound. If your child removes the hearing aids, they are still attached to their clothing.
6. For Cochlear implant speech processors, use earmolds, huggies and manufacturer-specific systems for retention. Ear Gear, Critter Clips and Safe ‘N Sound offer an extra layer of protection.
7. For Baha, use the retention line provided by the manufacturer.
8. Super Seals, Hearing Aid Sweatbands and the Ear Bandit product lines are other ways to protect auditory equipment from the adverse effects of moisture.
9. Never put hearing aids, cochlear implant speech processors, Baha or earmolds in an oven or microwave as a means to dry them out!
10. Avoid exposure of your child’s auditory equipment to direct sunlight or extreme heat.