We love our pets. As such, we want to protect them from harm as we would protect any family member.
Remember, too, pets are very much like small children throughout their lives and love to play with “toys” of all sorts. You want to protect your pet and your hearing aid.
Pets love hearing aids
I once had a cat who loved to lick the wax and oils off my hearing-aid ear molds. If I left my hearing-aids out in the open, they were fair game for the cat. I would eventually find them somewhere on the floor and licked “clean as a whistle.” I, somehow, have managed to not step on one of my ‘spotless’ hearing-aids; however, this is a cautionary tale. Likewise, while visiting a friend not too long ago, her sweet Pomeranian went from kissing my face to licking my right ear. Fortunately, the hearing-aid did not produce a feedback squeal and startle the pup – or I may have received more than a kiss from the pup.
There is a simple reason our pets are enthralled with our hearing aids: our hearing aids carry our scent. Because of this, our pets are prone to licking, playing with, and possibly eating our hearing aids. To a cat, in particular, a hearing-aid becomes a toy to bat around and play ‘hunter’ with. A pet snacking on your hearing-aid is neither good for the pet; or, for the wallet.
Keep the pet and aid safe
Should a pet ingest all, or part, of a hearing-aid, immediately contact a veterinarian. The batteries are toxic to humans and animals when the seal is broken; moreover, the tiny wires can cause internal bleeding. A veterinarian will be able to direct you to the proper course of action to save your pet.
This a cautionary tale to enable, and encourage, us to protect our pets as well as our hearing aids. The better solution is to store your hearing aids in a box or closed, secured, drawer when not using them.