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Are Hearing Aids Waterproof?

Water resistant hearing aids

As a hearing aid wearer, you rely on your devices every day for better hearing. You likely wear your hearing aids in all situations and environments. But can you wear them in the water? At the lake house? Or on the beach?

Hearing Aids are Water Resistant

It’s important to know that most hearing aids are not waterproof, in fact, very few hearing aids are. Hearing aids are water resistant, meaning they can withstand rain, humidity, sweat, and a little moisture. Hearing aids should never be submerged in water. Always be sure to remove your hearing aids and store them in an enclosed case if you plan on being in the water.

For avid boaters or water lovers, it’s best to take your hearing aids out of your ears if you are going to be around water. Even if you don’t plan on submerging your head, accidents happen and you don’t want to be without your hearing aids due to water damage. Whether you plan on boating, kayaking, or hanging out at the beach, it’s best to remove your devices and keep them in a dry, safe place. For these occasions it’s helpful to have a hard hearing aid storage case. This way you will know your hearing aids will be protected.

Are There Any Waterproof Hearing Aids?

Currently, the only truly waterproof hearing aid is the Phonak Audeo Life. This is the world’s first waterproof, rechargeable hearing aid. According to Phonak, this hearing aid can safely be submerged up to 50 cm (almost two feet) in water.

Finding the Right Hearing Aids For You

If you live in a humid or wet climate, you enjoy water activities, or you perspire heavily, then durable hearing aids are a must for you. Although many hearing aids are not truly waterproof, there are many devices that are water resistant and quite durable.

To know how water resistant your hearing aids are, you will have to discover your devices IP rating. The IP rating is on a scale of 1-9, and the second numerical figure on your devices will indicate how water resistant your hearing aids are. The higher the number means the more water resistant your devices are.

If water resistance is important for you, be sure to let your hearing specialist know and they will help you find a device that will match your lifestyle. Find your local provider today to discuss new hearing aid options and how the right hearing aid could change your quality of life.

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