If we consider where a high fidelity, technical wonder of an amplification system like a hearing aid lives, it always amazes me that it is as resistant as it is to repair needs.
The ear is not the most hospitable environment for a hearing aid to live. It’s hot and moist and can often be very waxy. There is also the added day-to-day debris that can build up, and it becomes quite clear that regular maintenance and cleaning is a must. but there is more that can be done by way of dehumidifiers. They can be electronic and heavy duty with the ability to really effectively draw moisture from hearing aids and sanitize at the same time, or they can be simple drying kits, which are containers with an internal pod containing silica gel crystals. The latter are not as effective, but still helpful.
Dry & Store is one of several brands carried, which is an electrical appliance for nightly use at home to store and care for all types of hearing instruments, including hearing aids, cochlear implant hardware, noise/tinnitus maskers, and in-ear monitors. It combines the three essential elements needed for effective drying: heat, moving air, and a desiccant that drives the relative humidity really low, and captures the moisture that is released.
During the first ninety seconds of the Dry & Store Global II cycle, a germicidal lamp sanitizes the hearing instruments, after which conditioning continues for 8 hours. The unit then automatically shuts off, continuing to store the instruments safely until they are needed.
Other models are available and range in price from $95 to $190. The drying kits, as mentioned, range from $15 to $25.
If you would like more information, or to purchase one of these items, contact your local Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist (BC-HIS). One can be located by clicking this link
Adele Collingwood, BC-HIS
Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences
Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner