Up until recently, you could not get your hearing aids wet at all. However, recent improvements in hearing aid technology have brought about devices that can solve some, if not all of the concerns surrounding getting your hearing aid wet. Now, both water-resistant and waterproof hearing aids exist. They are two very different types of devices, so make sure to understand the differences because mixing up the two could cause disaster for your hearing aid. Here are the differences between the two so that you can make an educated decision when choosing between water-resistant and waterproof hearing aids and have a better understanding as to what type of moisture your hearing aid can withstand.
Water-Resistant Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are very sensitive devices and even a small amount of moisture can get into the inner workings of a hearing aid and cause it to distort sounds or even stop working altogether. Water-resistant hearing aids can withstand exposure to a small amount of moisture such as:
- Oily skin
- Excessive ear wax
Prior to the invent of water-resistant hearing aids, moisture from those sources could have caused your hearing aid to malfunction or breakdown completely. The new technology in water-resistant hearing aids helps withstand small amounts of moisture but cannot be completely submerged in water, so you will still need to protect it in a heavy rainstorm, or when showering, bathing, or swimming.
Waterproof Hearing Aids
Waterproof hearing aids are step above water-resistant hearing aids when it comes to the amount of water and moisture they can withstand. They are not found as often as water-resistant hearing aid models, but they are made to withstand more water; some models of waterproof hearing aids can withstand being submerged in up to 3 feet of water. They also keep out 100% of dust particles and other things that might cause problems for other types of hearing aides. Some models are also shock resistant. The International Electrotechnical Commission sets the ratings for hearing aids as well as other consumer products.
Caring for Water-Resistant or Waterproof Hearing Aids
Any type of hearing aid is an important tool and is an investment that needs protecting. Even water-resistant and waterproof hearing aids need special care. Here are some recommendations:
- Always wipe your hearing aids down when you take them out. Follow the proper cleaning instructions that came with your device or consult your hearing professional.
- Store your hearing aids in a dehumidifier case or use sweat covers when not wearing them.
- Keep the battery case open at night or when not wearing them.
Consult with the Hearing Aid Counselors
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. At Hearing Aid Counselors & Audiology, we have a team of experienced hearing care professionals that can answer all your questions and work with you to find the best solution for your listening needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient hearing center locations.