Even though a pet like a dog or a cat might be your best friend it isn‛t always your hearing aids‛ best friend. Dogs and cats are often very curious about hearing aids - especially if they are left turned on and whistling, on a table or a counter-or you set them on your dinner plate. If you're using a telephone and you lay the hearing aid down on a low table, the dog is likely to hear the sound of the aid and put it in its mouth to see if it tastes as good as it smells. They like the wax taste and smell - Ever see a dog lick another dogs ear?
If they get too curious they might chew on or even eat the hearing aids. It is therefore very important that you keep your hearing aids away from pets!
Customers often send me hearing aids that were chewed on. Damage done by a dog is not covered by hearing aid insurance and warranted because it falls under the category of negligence.
What if the dog swallows the hearing aids?
Most hearing aid batteries, in order to increase cell life, contain potassium hydroxide, which decreases corrosion. These batteries are usually called alkaline. Potassium hydroxide, however, is itself a corrosive agent that causes ulcerations and burns in the oral cavity, especially on the tongue, in the esophagus and on the skin.
Dogs are most commonly affected because they chew and puncture the battery casing. If the battery is chewed into pieces and the fluid swallowed, or if the battery case is cracked, allowing fluid to leak out, burns can occur in the mouth and esophagus. If the fluid leaks onto the skin, dermal burns can occur.
Taking your dog to the vet would be the best thing to do. It is possible that she might poop it out, especially if she's big, but serious problems can arise if she doesn't. Talk to your vet. They'll take an X-ray. Surgery might be suggested or even necessary, so don't be surprised. If you decide not to take her to the vet and notice that she starts feeling sick, take her to the vet as soon as you can so that they can remove it. I hope she feels better!
What if your Dog ate your hearing aid - is it covered under your renters insurance policy?
Answer Doubtful. Most policies exclude damage from domestic animals. Consult your policy or with your agent.