Hearing aids are marvelous inventions. They are small electronic devices. Much like your computer, tablet or smartphone hearing aids don’t naturally like water. However, new models are marketed as water-resistant or waterproof. What’s the difference?
Waterproof hearing aids
Truly waterproof hearing aids are rare devices. They aren’t completely nonexistent, but there is only one model. The only truly waterproof hearing aid is the Aquaris model made by Siemens. This model is completely waterproof and dustproof.
It utilizes a completely waterproof and sealed housing and the battery door seals so tight water, dust or perspiration cannot get through. This means no seams, no cracks, and no way for water to penetrate.
A silicone seal keeps water from entering the battery compartment. Because zinc air batteries need oxygen, a semi-permeable membrane keeps water out but allows air inside.
It has been certified to withstand submersion at a depth of one meter (a little over three feet) for 30 minutes.
That is enough waterproof protection to allow you to swim, shower or splash at the beach without worry. If you engage in vigorous water sports, you can use a sport clip to keep it firmly in place.
Water-resistant hearing aids
Water-resistant hearing aids will take a licking and keep on ticking if the amount of moisture is equivalent to a lick.
While that’s a bit of an exaggeration, it is important to understand that while water-resistant hearing aids can withstand some exposure to moisture you cannot submerse them in any liquid.
Water-resistant hearing aids are designed to protect the sensitive electronic components from moisture. So, while you can’t jump in the pool, you can get caught in the rain or work in the garden when it is humid outside.
Protecting your hearing aids from water
Even if you have a water-resistant hearing aid, you still want to protect it from moisture damage. Use your dehumidifier or drying box nightly. Keep the battery door open when the hearing aids are not in use.
If you are worried about sweat damaging your hearing aids, protect them with sweatbands. These inexpensive accessories will keep sweat from damaging your hearing aids during vigorous physical activity.
Talk to the audiologist
Not sure what type of hearing aid is right for you? Ask your audiologist for a recommendation. Your audiologist can help you select the hearing aid that best fits your hearing needs, lifestyle and budget. Your audiologist is your partner in better hearing.