No matter how much money you spend on toys for your pets they will inevitably play with, chew or outright eat something you don’t want them too. Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to your hearing aids.
Dogs seem to prefer to chew and ultimately swallow all or part a hearing aid. Cats seem to prefer swatting a hearing aid across the floor from one end of the house to the other. Neither of these scenarios will typically have a positive outcome for the hearing aid.
If you discover a partially eaten hearing aid or can’t find your hearing aid and suspect your pet may be the culprit, contact your veterinarian immediately. Ingesting a small electronic device that is powered by a battery has the potential to cause a serious problem for your pet. The acid from the battery can damage their mouth, esophagus and/or the lining of the stomach, pieces of the hearing aid can cause internal bleeding and so on.
PETS, HEARING AIDS AND INSURANCE
If your hearing aid is damaged by your pet its unlikely that your homeowner’s insurance policy will cover the cost to replace the hearing aid. Damage from pets typically falls under the realm of “negligence” and is rarely covered.
If your hearing aid is still under warranty with our office, contact us immediately. We can determine if the damage caused by your pet will require replacing or repairing the unit and whether or not the damage will be covered by the warranty.
PREVENTION IS THE SOLUTION
The easiest way to prevent the problem is to not to leave your hearing aids or batteries out where your pet can get to them. If the hearing aids aren’t in your ears make sure they’re stored safely in a dri-aid kit or the case you were given when you purchased the hearing aids. The old adage “better safe than sorry” is definitely one that applies to pets and hearing aids!