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As a swimmer, you enjoy being in the water. When you were a kid, everybody said you were part fish because you liked to swim so much the pool was your second home. Today, the water seems a little… louder… than normal. And then you realize your oversight: you went into the pool with your hearing aid in. And you don’t know if it’s waterproof or not.

In the majority of cases, you’re right to be a little concerned. Hearing aids are frequently built with some level of water resistance in mind. But being resistant to water is not the same as actually being waterproof.

Hearing aids and water resistance ratings

In general speaking, your hearing aids are going to function best when they are kept dry and clean. But for the majority of hearing aids, it won’t be a problem if you get a little water on them. The IP rating is the established water resistance figure and establishes how water resistant a hearing aid is.

The IP number works by giving every hearing aid a two digit number. The device’s resistance to dust, sand, and other kinds of dry erosion is represented by the first number.

The second number (and the one we’re really considering here) signifies how resistant your device is to water. The device will last longer under water the higher this number is. So a device that has a rating of IP87 will be really resistant to sand and work for around thirty minutes in water.

Some contemporary hearing aids can be quite water-resistant. But there are no hearing aids presently available that are completely waterproof.

Is water resistance worthwhile?

Your hearing aids have advanced technology inside them which can be damaged by moisture. Before you go swimming or into the shower you will probably want to take out your hearing aid and depending on the IP rating, avoid using them in excessively humid weather. If you drop your hearing aid in the deep end of the pool, a high IP rating won’t do much good, but there are other situations where it can be useful:

  • You love boating or other water activities that produce over-spray
  • You have a history of forgetting to take out your hearing aid before you shower or go out into the rain
  • If you perspire significantly, whether at rest or when exercising (sweat, after all, is a form of water)
  • If you live in a really humid, rainy, or wet environment

This is certainly not an exhaustive list. It’ll be up to you and your hearing specialist to take a look at your daily life and determine just what type of water resistance is strong enough for your routine.

Your hearing aids need to be taken care of

It’s important to mention that water-resistant does not mean maintenance-free. You will need to keep your hearing aids clean and dry.

You might, in some scenarios, need to purchase a dehumidifier. But in most cases, a clean dry storage place will work fine (depending on where you live). But some types of moisture can leave residue (like sweat), so to get the best results, you will also want to take the proper time to clean your hearing aids completely.

If your hearing aids get wet, what should you do?

Just because waterproof hearing aids don’t exist doesn’t mean you should panic if your hearing aid gets wet. Well, no–mostly because getting panicked won’t help anything anyway. But you need to give your hearing aids sufficient time to dry out completely and if they have a low IP rating, we can help you identify if there is any damage.

How much damage your hearing aid has sustained can be estimated based on the IP rating. If you can abstain from getting your hearing aids wet, you will get the best results. The drier your hearing devices stay, the better.

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