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!

By: Elena McPhillips

7 responses to “Waterproof Hearing Aids

  1. I work out in the field a lot so I’m always perspiring a lot while working. I have ruined more ear pieces(wireless ear piece)because of my perspiring. They would just stop working because of saline and they would not recharge after a few times wearing them. Then they came out with sport head phones and that is what I use now. I really think they should use the same technology as the wireless headphones.

  2. Hi I am looking for a cover for my hearing aids one which is easy to put on and will not interfere with the sounds and having conversations
    Thanks Nick

  3. Need decent aids that are and will not be damaged by sweat ,lite rainand work well without going for repairs yearly

    1. Hi Jac,

      Check ours out on our site (audicus.com) they are water-resistant and when cared for properly do not need repairs from water damage.


      The Audicus Team

  4. VERY interested

  5. I was a swimmer and dye to neck injury have list my hearing substantially because issues were nit picked up quickly enough so left with a hearing disability. I want to go swimming for my health and it’s embarrassing when people talk to you and can’t talk back as can’t have a conversation without aid. I read where the out an buy an aid that is available??

  6. Pricing on these please.

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