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Excessive Moisture Problems

Cavitt cavitt2 at bellsouth.net
Fri Mar 26 15:02:57 EST 1999

I only have a few suggestions:
1. Send the aids into Phonak and have them moisture sealed.  I think it is an
extra $10 charge.  This has worked for some of my patients.  Also a wind hood
can be beneficial to not let perspiration roll right into the microphone.
2. I have also had AdHears be of some benfit with this problem.  I know that
they cannot completely stop moisture from getting into the receiver but it
slowed down the process so my patient could make it to bedtime without it
cuttuing out.
3. I have only seen the Dry and Store in action within the last few months with
some good results.  You might want to purchase a demo/loaner unit for your
office to let patients use.  If it works for them then they can purchase a new
one from you!
Good luck and I hope to see you at AAA!
Kim Cavitt

Jeffrey Sirianni wrote:

> Greetings To All,
> I have a patient who is experiencing more than expected moisture problems.
> He currently wears Phonak Sona P2 binaurally.  He comes in every 1-2 weeks
> reporting that one of his aids is "out".  After removing the programming
> cover, I suction the moisture out of the programming port and microphone
> and the aid comes to life.  He uses his charged Super Dri-Aid kit nightly
> and says he dries his ears (concha and EAC opening) every morning with a
> towel after his shower and sometimes uses a Q-tip with a dab of alcohol.
> He is a 40 year old preacher who is very sensitive to reductions in
> "volume" when the aid starts to accumulate moisture.  He says that most
> mornings his aids come out of the jar working very well, but by 6:00 PM,
> the devices are "down".  This may be some habituation effect, but due to
> his in-office moisture problems, I would say that there is definitely
> excessive accumulation throughout the day, with some excessive accumulation
> that requires him to come into the office for my help.  I have seen the
> glistening of moisture on many of these visits and the aid comes to life as
> soon as I suction it away.  The devices have been back to the factory
> several times for problems that I can now remedy with my experience with
> his moisture problems.
> 1. I only have a few patients who wear this model (although he seems to
> wear his devices every day as long as he can), and so I am curious to know
> if this is a model design problem, or whether this is an individual user
> problem.
> 2. I told him that I would look into the price on a Dry and Store unit, but
> I would not want this patient to spend the money if he continues to have
> this problem.  Has anyone seen good/remarkable results with the Dry and
> Store unit for patients with excessive moisture problems that do not seem
> to get the full benefits from an inexpensive Super Dri-Aid kit?
> 3.  Does anyone have any further suggestions for me or for the patient?  As
> I mentioned earlier, he is a preacher (presently interviewing for open
> positions) and so this intermittent problem is really something that this
> man can do without.
> All responses are greatly appreciated.
> Note: He and I have a running joke that with all the follow-up office
> visits that he has had over the last year, that I lose money everytime he
> comes into the office.  I am glad he is such a nice guy, and we enjoy our
> sessions, but he is frustrated and concerned with this problem, especially
> if he moved out of my area.
> Help....
> Jeff
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