Can I Wear OTC Hearing Aids While Using a Hair Dryer?

Written by the Nano Hearing Aids Team
Reviewed for Accuracy by Lindsay Roberts, AuD.

Lindsay Roberts
Can I Wear OTC Hearing Aids While Using a Hair Dryer?

Key Takeaways

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids should be removed before using a hair dryer to avoid damage from heat and moisture.
  • Moisture-resistant hearing aids are available, but they are not immune to the high heat of hair dryers.
  • Establish a routine for hair care that ensures the safety and longevity of your hearing aids.
  • If your hearing aid is exposed to heat, take immediate steps to cool it down and assess for damage.
  • Proper care and maintenance can significantly extend the life of your OTC hearing aids.

Can I Wear OTC Hearing Aids While Using a Hair Dryer?

When it comes to caring for your hearing aids, there are some essential practices to keep in mind to ensure they last as long as possible. One common question is whether it's safe to wear over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids while using a hair dryer. The short answer is no, and here's why. Using a hair dryer while wearing hearing aids poses several risks that can compromise both the device's functionality and your hearing health. The high temperatures generated by hair dryers can cause damage to the sensitive electronic components of hearing aids, potentially leading to malfunctions or a complete breakdown of the device.

Furthermore, the intense airflow and noise created by hair dryers can lead to an uncomfortable amplification of sound when wearing hearing aids, which might not only be unpleasant but could also contribute to further hearing loss. Additionally, the combination of heat and moisture associated with hair drying can promote the growth of bacteria and mold within the hearing aid, posing a risk to both the device and the user's ear health. To protect your hearing aids and maintain optimal ear health, it is advisable to remove them before using a hair dryer.

Do's and Don'ts for Wearing OTC Hearing Aids While Using a Hair Dryer

Do's

  • Do remove your hearing aids before using a hair dryer.
  • Don't expose your hearing aids to high heat or direct airflow from the dryer.
  • Do wait for your ears to cool down after hair drying before putting your hearing aids back in.
  • Don't store your hearing aids in humid places, like the bathroom, as this can cause moisture buildup.

Don'ts

  • Don't keep your hearing aids on while using a hair dryer.
  • Don't dry your hair immediately after wearing hearing aids.
  • Don't store your hearing aids in humid areas after use.
  • Don't ignore manufacturer's guidelines.
  • Don't place your hearing aids too close to the hair dryer.

OTC Hearing Aid Best Practices While Using a Hair Dryer

Even if your hearing aids are advertised as moisture-resistant, they are not invincible against the blast of a hair dryer. It's crucial to treat your hearing aids with care, which means keeping them away from situations where they could be exposed to extreme heat and moisture. By adhering to these best practices, you're not only safeguarding your hearing aids from immediate damage but also ensuring they function effectively for a longer period.

Even moisture-resistant hearing aids can be damaged by hair dryers; protect them from heat and moisture to ensure their longevity.


Selecting Hearing Aids With Moisture Resistance

When choosing OTC hearing aids, consider models with moisture resistance. While these models offer an extra layer of protection, it's important to understand their limitations. No hearing aid is entirely waterproof, and exposure to high heat can still cause significant damage. Therefore, even with moisture-resistant hearing aids, you should still remove them before using a hair dryer.

Creating a Safe Routine for Hair Care and Hearing Aid Use

A safe routine is key to maintaining your hearing aids. This means creating a habit of removing your hearing aids before you start drying your hair and not putting them back until after you're done. Store them in a dry, cool place while you're using the hair dryer to prevent any accidental exposure to heat and moisture. Remember, it's all about being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to the care of your hearing devices. A little bit of precaution goes a long way in preserving the functionality and longevity of your hearing aids.

Immediate Actions If Your Hearing Aid Gets Exposed to Heat

If you accidentally expose your hearing aids to heat from a hair dryer, don't panic. Immediately turn off the hair dryer and remove your hearing aids. Let them cool down at room temperature. Do not attempt to cool them down quickly, as rapid temperature changes can cause condensation and additional damage. Once they're cool, check for any signs of melting or warping. If you notice any damage, or if they're not functioning correctly, contact your hearing aid provider for advice.

Wrapping Up: Ensuring Your Hearing Aids' Longevity Amidst Hair Dryer Hazards

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The NANO CIC Digital Recharge OTC Hearing Aids (CIC4) model. 

Caring for your OTC hearing aids is crucial to their longevity. By understanding the risks associated with heat and moisture, you can take steps to protect your investment. Remember to remove your hearing aids before using a hair dryer, store them properly, and maintain a consistent care routine. By doing so, you'll ensure that your hearing aids provide optimal performance for as long as possible. Maintaining your hearing aids doesn't have to be complicated. With these tips in mind, you can keep your devices in excellent condition, ensuring that they continue to enhance your quality of life without interruption. And if you're looking to explore new OTC hearing aid options, always consider the level of moisture resistance and consult with a professional to find the best fit for your lifestyle.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I use a hair dryer if my hearing aids are not in my ears but nearby?

It's best to keep your hearing aids away from the hair dryer entirely. Even if they're not in your ears, the heat and moisture from the dryer can still reach them and cause damage. You can enjoy the benefits of your OTC hearing aids while keeping them safe and functional. 

How do I dry my ears after a shower if I can't use a hair dryer?

Gently towel-dry around your ears and let them air dry naturally. If necessary, you can use a hair dryer on a cool setting at a safe distance from your ears.

Are there any hair dryers that are safe to use with hearing aids?

No hair dryer is safe to use with hearing aids in place due to the risk of heat and moisture damage. Always remove your hearing aids before using a hair dryer.

What should I do if I accidentally get my hearing aids wet?

Turn them off immediately, remove the batteries, and place the hearing aids in a dry kit or dehumidifier. If they do not work after drying, contact your hearing aid provider.

Can I wear my hearing aids while styling my hair with other heat tools, like straighteners or curling irons?

It's best to avoid wearing hearing aids when using any heat-styling tools. The heat can damage your hearing aids, and products like hairspray can clog the microphones.

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