You love swimming and you are a good swimmer. Swimming in the pool is your second home. When you were younger, everyone said you were part fish. That’s because you loved to swim. The water is a bit louder than usual today. You realize you may have made a mistake by wearing your hearing aids in the pool. You don’t even know if the hearing aids are waterproof.
You’re correct to be concerned in most cases. Many hearing aids have some degree of water resistance. However, a hearing aid that is moisture resistant is not the same as one that is waterproof.
Hearing aids and water resistance ratings
Your hearing aids will perform best if they are clean and dry. For most hearing aids, however, it will not be an issue if they are soaked in water. It all depends on an IP rating, which is the official water-resistance number.
Each device is assigned a unique IP number. This number is made up of two numbers. The device’s resistance against dirt, dust and other forms of dry erosion is indicated by the first digit.
We are most interested in the second number, which indicates the device’s resistance to water. The higher the IP rating, the longer it will last underwater. A device with an IP87 rating will resist sand well and can work in water for approximately thirty minutes.
Modern hearing aids are water-resistant. However, there isn’t a hearing aid that is completely waterproof at the moment.
Is water resistance worth it?
Water is not good for the advanced electronics in your hearing aid case. You will need to remove your hearing aid before you get in the water or go for a swim. Depending on the IP rating, you should avoid humid conditions. While hearing aids will not be waterproof if dropped in water, there are certain situations where a high IP rating is beneficial.
- If you suffer from heavy sweating,
- You enjoy boating and other water sports that produce an excessive spray
- You live in an environment that is humid, wet, or rainy.
- Sometimes, you forget to take your hearing aid with you when you go into the shower or rain.
This is not an exhaustive list. After a consultation, you will find out what level of water resistance is sufficient for your daily routine.
You must take care of your hearing aids
Water-resistant does not mean maintenance-free. Your hearing aids will need to be kept dry and clean.
In some cases, a dehumidifier may be necessary. However, most cases will be fine with a dry storage area. However, certain moistures can leave residue (sweat included), so it is important to thoroughly clean your hearing aids to ensure the best possible results.
What should you do if your hearing aids become wet?
Waterproof hearing aids are not available, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t panic if your hearing aid becomes wet. It’s not a good idea to panic, as it won’t help anything. You should give your hearing aids enough time to dry completely. If they have a low IP rating we can help identify any damage.
Your hearing aid’s IP rating will tell you what to expect in the event of water damage. You should at least remember to take your hearing aids with you when you go swimming. It is best to keep your hearing aids dry.