Monday, November 21, 2011

Eventually, No More Moisture Problems?

Playing with water: The rabbit and the ball
Image from John 'K' on Flickr.
One of the most annoying things about owning a pair of hearing aids is dealing with the problems that can arise from excess moisture getting in the workings. I try to remember to take my hearing aids to my audiologist every few months to have them dried out, and I use a Dry and Store every night, but the problem still persists.

I was excited to see a company is working on the problem, and the solution sounds pretty cool (if you're geeky like me and like this kind of thing). According to a press release sent out recently, Clear-tone Hearing Aid Laboratories has developed "MPS Technology" to create a moisture-repellent bond that binds to the surface of an object. It's invisible and doesn't affect the acoustics of the device.

There's more information over at Nanowerk. Pretty cool!

3 comments:

  1. Thats good that there is someone working on this kind of problem, us hearing aid users have.

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  2. I've been wearing hearing aids since 1989. When I started my journey into the world of the deaf and hard of hearing I found that hearing aids are stored over night in a case that is supposed to keep them dry. Then I looked at the prices! Whoa! What am I getting into here?

    In the past 13 years I can't say I ever experienced a moisture problem until I accidentally washed them in with the clothes! (yes I know you feel my pain ... I just heard you wince at the thought!)

    Now maybe this is just out of pure happenstance but from the start I have been keeping my aids in an old Mason jar when not in use. I was eventually planning on buying a drying/storing/humidifying unit but the Mason jar worked sufficiently so I never bothered getting one.

    The trick lies in what is IN the Mason jar along with the hearing aids. Over the years I've collected silica gel packets from packages to prescription medicine bottles and placed them in the jar. Voilá! Never have I had a moisture problem. (silica gel packets can be purchased at Walmart. $6.99 in the Electronics Department.)

    BTW, the old pair of analog aids that got washed ... after 2 weeks in that Mason jar and after $4,000 for a pair of brand new digital Phonak Naida IX UP ... can you believe it? The old analogs will make a great back-up pair I guess?

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  3. Nano coatings have been in use for the last few years. If you look at the Siemens hearing aids their literature talks about it.

    arvind

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