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Normally, water is the biggest enemy of hearing aids. Strong moisture in the shower or jumped into the pool and already these are no longer usable. But are there hearing aids that are actually waterproof?

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What you should look for when buying

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Most hearing aids have no problem with being splashed or getting a little sweat on them. It's a different story if you want to submerge your hearing aid in water. Hearing aids that advertise "water resistant" are protected against splashing water. But even they are not really waterproof and are not suitable for swimming.

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Siemens introduced a waterproof hearing aid in 2013. The Aquaris model was completely waterproof and could survive laps in the pool. It was perfect for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts looking for a rugged hearing aid. Unfortunately, the company stopped production and the product is no longer available in stores. However, some wearers found it disconcerting to wear the hearing aids in the water. They were already too accustomed to not being able to hear the ambient sounds in swimming pools. The sounds of the water and of other people swimming were then perceived as disturbing.

What the different IP classes

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Hearing aids with IP-68 classification can be immersed in water for short periods of time. The numbers 1-9 tell how resistant a product is to water or dust. So IP 68 means broken down: complete protection against dust and protected from water penetration for an indefinite period of time.

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The manufacturer Unitron has developed premium devices that allow immersion in water for a limited time. They are countersigned with the IP 68 classification.

However, the hearing aids should be used with caution. In everyday life, this means that they can survive falling into the bath, accidental wearing in the shower or in a rain shower. However, it does not mean that you can swim with them for hours. There is no suitable device for this use yet. The hearing aids must be dried after contact with water.

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Some hearing aid manufacturers offer earpieces that survive swimming and diving. They provide an alternative to the water-resistant hearing aid. Certain accessories can significantly improve protection from water.

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Alternative to waterproof hearing aids

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At the moment, there is no model that is truly waterproof and survives swimming or diving. However, there are solutions for people who like to kayak or travel in rainy environments. But also for people who like to spend a day at the beach.

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Unfortunately, there is still no completely waterproof solution for hearing aids these days.

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Certain covers for hearing aids can effectively protect the devices from water splashes and sweat. Hal-Hen Super Seals are protective covers made of rubber latex that increase protection from the water. However, you cannot go swimming with them.

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If you are looking for a hearing aid that is as water resistant as possible, look for the IP-68 rating label. These will then have the best possible resistance to water. Also you can not be immersed in water, but can withstand rain and water splashes.

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Alternatively, you could also wear a hearing aid sweatband. The Hearing Aid Sweatband is made of a fabric that wraps around your hearing aid. This protects it from dust, moisture and dirt. Ear Gear offers a similar model made of spandex that acts like a tight wrap around your hearing aid. They have different products for each type of hearing aid or cochlear implant.

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Waterproof hearing aids for children

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For children, certain manufacturers produce hearing aids that are waterproof, as they tend to forget the button in their ear. In addition, children can not be kept away from water as easily as adults. These devices can then be immersed a meter deep in the water and hold out for a long time.

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The hearing aids are fully functional in the water. This means that children can perceive their surroundings and thus, for example, follow the cues of the lifeguard. Some devices can also adjust their hearing assistance to the specific way they hear underwater. So your child will hear just as well as when dry.

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After bathing, however, these need to be dried extra well until you can be submerged in water again. As a rule, however, the protection is only up to one year. Wear and tear can damage the seal and allow water to enter. Normally, however, you can exchange the device for a new one free of charge without hesitation.

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My hearing aid fell into the water. What now?

What to do if my hearing aid ended up in the water despite being careful? If it really happens that your hearing aid falls into the water or a demented relative sinks his hearing aids in a glass of water, take the devices to a good acoustician. In principle, this case is not yet a tragedy if the device has only landed in the water for a short time. The acoustician can then determine whether any damage has been done to the devices and get to the bottom of possible malfunctions. He or she can also repair minor damage. So you do not have to fear that the device must be replaced.

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Care tips at a glance

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It is important that you still remember not to immerse your hearing aids in water. Until the hearing aids are truly waterproof, it will take a while. Therefore, be mindful of your hearing aids.

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Your hearing aids are best kept in an appropriate case in a shady and cool place and protected from splashes from the water. Also, do not store them in a bag with wet towels. Excessive humidity can also have a negative effect on the performance of the hearing aids. If you want to go to the steam bath or sauna, you should take off your hearing aids first. In summary, hearing aids are like an expensive watch and an investment that requires good care. After all, you probably wouldn't go swimming with your Rolex if you didn't absolutely have to? Therefore, do not overstress your hearing aid.

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Conclusion:

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  • Don't leave your hearing aid in a hot place.
  • Before swimming or taking a sauna, the rule is to get out of your ear and put it in a dry and safe place.
  • Do not store with wet bathing suits.
  • Keep sweat away from the hearing aid by using sweatbands.
  • Hearing aids at night to air out well so that
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So it's wait and see if a manufacturer surprises in the future with a completely waterproof device. If you are still interested in a hearing aid, feel free to stop by our online shop!