Water is the deadly enemy of hearing aids. Extreme humidity, a quick shower, or a dip in the pool can all damage your hearing aids permanently. But are waterproof hearing aids available? And are they truly waterproof? Audicus explores the world of waterproof hearing aids below.
Waterproof hearing aids: do they exist?
Most hearing aids, including Audicus products, are moisture-proof: a little sweat or a walk in the rain shouldn’t damage your hearing aids. You may see the words “water-resistant” when shopping for hearing aids, which means the same thing as moisture proof. However, are there fully waterproof hearing aids that can withstand being totally submerged in water?
In 2013, Siemens introduced a new model of hearing aid built for a more rugged lifestyle. The Aquaris was completely waterproof, as well as dirt and shock resistant. This hearing aid model was perfect for athletes and fans of the outdoors who didn’t want to worry about damaging their hearing aids.
Unfortunately, Siemens discontinued production of the Aquaris and they are no longer available to buy. However, some people found that they didn’t enjoy the waterproof feature. When you’ve spent years swimming in silence, the sudden noises of the water (and people around you) can be unpleasantly jarring.
The next best thing to waterproof hearing aids
At the moment, there are no hearing aids that you can wear while in constant contact with water. However, there are some solutions for people who want to go kayaking, sweat heavily, or live in very rainy environments.
Hearing aid covers can protect your hearing aids against splashes of water or heavy sweat. The Hal-Hen Super Seals is a product that made of rubber latex that increases protection against water. You can’t use these to go swimming, but they can protect your aids against water from kayaking or boating, a day at the beach, and increased perspiration.
When shopping for a hearing aid, look for hearing aids with a rating of IP68. That means they have the highest water resistance possible. Again, you cannot fully submerge these hearing aids in water, but they should hold up against rain, sweat, and small splashes.
If you’re someone who loves sports and the outdoors, a hearing aid sweatband might be perfect for you. The Hearing Aid Sweatband is made from special fabric that goes around your entire hearing aid to protect from dirt, dust, and moisture. Ear Gear makes a similar product out of spandex that acts as a tight sleeve around your hearing aid to protect against deterioration. They make products for every type of hearing aid or cochlear implant.
The most important thing to remember is that you cannot fully submerge hearing aids in water, no matter how much protection they have. Until there are true waterproof hearing aids available, jumping into a pool or taking a shower with hearing aids is a good way to permanently damage your devices. Be mindful of your environment and keep your hearing aids dry!