Before going for a swim or taking a shower, it is important you remove your hearing aids. While the idea of waterproof hearing aids may seem great, the purchase may not be necessary.
Waterproof vs. Water-Resistant
Hearing aids and moisture do not mix. In order to keep your hearing aids working well, you must keep the components clean and dry. That being said, some hearing aids are built to withstand a moderate amount of exposure.
Electronic devices are given an IP rating by the International Electrotechnical Commission, which determines how resistant the device is to dust and water. The first digit is on a scale from one to seven and indicates how protected the device is from debris. The second digit is on a scale from one to eight and indicates how resistant to moisture the device is. This second digit indicates how water resistant your hearing aid is.
Below is the water-resistant rating scale:
- IPX0 – no protection
- IPX1 – protected against condensation or vertically dropping water
- IPX2 – protected against spraying water when tilted up to 15 degrees vertically
- IPX3 – protected against spraying water when titled up to 60 degrees vertically
- IPX4 – protected against splashing water from any angle
- IPX5 – protected against low pressure water stream from any angle
- IPX6 – protected against high pressure water stream from any angle
- IPX7 – protected against water immersion (30 minutes at a depth of up to one meter)
- IPX8 – protected against continual water submersion in underwater conditions
Are Waterproof Hearing Aids Required?
For most, a mid-range water-resistant rating is perfectly fine. But for those who sweat a lot, live in a wet/humid climate or forget to remove their hearing aid before coming into contact with water, a waterproof hearing aid may be right for you.
Dry Hearing Aids Work Best
Your hearing aid will work best when the device is clean and dry. This nighttime routine can help you extend the life of your hearing aid:
- Use a dry, dust-free cloth to wipe down your hearing aid every night
- Place your hearing aid in its charging dock or open the battery compartment door overnight
- Use a dehumidifier
Your audiologist can help you pick the right accessories to keep your hearing aids working in tip-top shape. To learn more about keeping your hearing aid dry or to schedule an appointment with a professional, contact Elk Grove Hearing Care today.