It's important to note that a high IP rating alone does not guarantee the perfect hearing aid for your needs.

Can Hearing Aids Withstand Water Exposure?

by | May 15, 2023 | Hearing Aid Repairs, Hearing Aids, Patient Resources, Troubleshooting

We understand that an active lifestyle can sometimes expose your hearing aids to moisture, causing inconveniences that disrupt your daily routine.

If your hearing aids are damaged, it can cost you a lot in time, money, and days spent without your reliable hearing aids while they undergo repairs—which can be frustrating. However, we’re here to provide you with a solution.

By guiding you to understand the best options for your lifestyle and offering tips on safeguarding your hearing aids from water exposure, we aim to save you from the hassle and expenses associated with water damage.

Join us as we explore the world of water-resistant hearing aids, empowering you to make informed decisions that protect your devices and ensure uninterrupted hearing clarity.

The Importance of Waterproof/Water-Resistant Hearing Aids

Water can damage the delicate components of hearing aids, and if you’re caught in the rain or swimming in a pool, you’ll be glad that your hearing aids are safe. There are several levels of waterproofing for hearing aids, ranging from waterproof to water-resistant.

Waterproof hearing aids are designed to be completely impervious to water and moisture, while water-resistant hearing aids can handle rain, sweat, and other light exposure to moisture but are not designed to be submerged in water.

How Do I Know if My Hearing Aid is Water-Resistant?

To determine the level of water resistance of your hearing aids, it is essential to consider their IP rating.

Each hearing aid is assigned a two-digit IP rating by the International Electrotechnical Commission, which indicate their resistance to both dust and water.

• The first digit corresponds to protection against debris like dust or sand and ranges from one to seven

• The second digit, ranging from one to nine, indicates the device’s resistance to moisture, specifically assessing its water resistance

For example, an IP67-rated hearing aid offers substantial protection against solid objects and can function in water depths of up to three feet for at least 30 minutes.

On the other hand, a lower IP rating suggests that the device cannot withstand immersion.

Examples of Waterproof and Water-Resistant Hearing Aids

While we mainly specialize in Resound and Oticon devices, here’s a list of some popular examples of waterproof and water-resistant hearing aids you might consider:

  • Resound Omnia IP68
  • Oticon Real IP68
  • Widex Moment Sheer IP68
  • Phonak Audeo Lumity IP68
  • Signia Pure IP68

Having learned how to interpret the IP ratings of hearing aids, you are now equipped to make informed decisions regarding waterproof/water-resistant hearing aids.

However, it’s important to note that a high IP rating alone does not guarantee the perfect hearing aid for your needs.

At Audicles, we understand that each individual has unique circumstances and lifestyle considerations.

That’s why our dedicated team is always ready to provide personalized guidance and assist you in finding the ideal hearing instrument that matches your specific requirements.

Do You NEED Hearing Aids That Can Withstand Water?

It’s a decision worth pondering, especially if:

You find yourself perspiring heavily. If your daily routine or active lifestyle involves constant wiping of sweat from your face, your hearing aids may face more moisture exposure than the average user.

You reside in a region with high humidity or love indulging in water-centric hobbies like boating or fishing.

Forgetfulness or absent-mindedness occasionally sneaks up on you. Some wearers have amusingly admitted that their hearing aids are so comfortable that they sometimes forget to remove them before hopping into the shower.

Keep in mind, unless you opt for truly waterproof hearing aids, you’ll need to exercise caution and remember to remove them before taking a dip in the pool this summer.

Moisture damage ranks high among the common reasons why hearing aids are sent off for repairs.

What Happens if Your Hearing Aids Get Wet?

If your hearing aids get wet, the most important thing to do is to dry them as soon as possible. To dry them, use a soft, absorbent towel and gently pat them dry. Do not rub the hearing aids.

If the hearing aids have a wax guard, remove the wax guard and gently blow on the opening to remove any excess moisture. If the hearing aids are battery operated, remove the battery and gently blow on the opening to remove any excess moisture.

Place your hearing aids in a hearing aid dryer or dehumidifier overnight. This specialized device helps remove moisture and ensures thorough drying.

In the morning, check if your hearing aids are functioning properly.

Once the hearing aids have been dried, checking for any signs of water damage is essential.

Look for any signs of corrosion on the battery compartment, microphone, and other parts of the hearing aid.

Excessive moisture leads to shorting or the interruption of connections due to corrosion. If your hearing aids are damaged by water ingress and none of the tips above have fixed the problem, don’t worry.

Our Repair and Loaner Services are here to help.

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Repair and Loaner Services for Water-Damaged Hearing Aids

Our team of specialists possesses the expertise and equipment necessary to effectively address water-damage issues in your hearing aids.

We understand that time is of the essence, and in most cases, we can swiftly diagnose the problem and restore your devices to full working order while you wait.

However, if the water damage is severe or beyond our in-office capabilities, we will take the necessary steps to resolve the issue. This may involve reaching out to your hearing aid manufacturer for specialized repair services.

In such cases, we will expedite the process by using reliable shipping services to ensure your hearing aids are returned to you as quickly as possible. Please note that there may be additional costs associated with these delivery services.

Furthermore, we offer a convenient Loaner Service to ensure you can continue with your daily activities uninterrupted. Our inventory of reconditioned hearing aids allows us to provide you with a temporary pair while your own devices undergo repair.

Although the loaner pair may not be an exact match, it will serve its purpose and keep you connected to the sounds that matter to you.

At our Repair and Loaner Services, we are committed to delivering fast and effective solutions for water-damaged hearing aids, so you can regain optimal hearing and get back to enjoying life to the fullest.

Safeguarding Your Hearing Aids in Water: Our Top 6 Tips

When it comes to protecting your hearing aids in water, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Consult With Your Audiologist: Seek guidance from your hearing healthcare professional reg

Consult With Your Audiologist

Seek guidance from your hearing healthcare professional regarding your specific lifestyle needs.

Check the IP Rating

Look for the Ingress Protection (IP) rating of your hearing aids. Higher IP ratings indicate better protection against water and dust. Ensure your hearing aids have an IP rating suitable for your water-related activities.

Remove Hearing Aids Before Water Activities

As a general rule, it’s best to remove your hearing aids before swimming, showering, or participating in water sports to minimize the risk of water damage.

Use Waterproof Covers or Sleeves

Consider investing in waterproof covers or sleeves specifically designed to protect hearing aids during water-related activities. These accessories can provide an additional layer of protection against moisture.

Store Hearing Aids Properly

After exposure to water, thoroughly dry your hearing aids with a clean, dry cloth. Ensure they are completely dry before storing them in a designated drying container or case, as excess moisture can lead to damage.

Consider Waterproof Models

If water activities are a regular part of your lifestyle, explore the option of waterproof hearing aids. These devices are specifically designed to withstand water exposure and may offer added peace of mind.

Trust the Experts at Audicles Hearing Services for Lifelong Care of Your Hearing Aids

In our journey to understand the impact of water exposure on hearing aids, we’ve explored essential tips and considerations for protecting your devices.

By checking the IP rating of your hearing aids, you can make informed decisions about water resistance and take appropriate precautions.

Our team of hearing healthcare experts will guide you through the process, considering your unique needs, preferences, and lifestyle and ensuring you find the perfect waterproof hearing aid solution.

Remember to remove your hearing aids before engaging in water activities and consider using waterproof covers or sleeves for added protection. By implementing proper storage and drying techniques, you can prevent moisture damage and extend the lifespan of your devices.

However, if your hearing aids experience water damage, you can find peace of mind knowing that our dedicated team at Audicles Hearing Services is here to support you.

Our Repair and Loaner Services are available to swiftly address any issues, ensuring minimal disruption to your daily life. We are committed to providing exceptional care, support, and guidance every step of the way—from the initial consultation to regular maintenance and beyond.

By following these guidelines, seeking professional advice, and relying on our expertise, you can enjoy the benefits of water-safe hearing aids and continue to experience the world of sound with clarity and confidence. Contact us today at (210) 820-0525 or request a callback, and let us be your trusted partner in better hearing.

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Dr. Tracy Board Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Board began her career in audiology after completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and the doctoral program at The University of Texas at Dallas. She has been fortunate to work in a plethora of healthcare and educational settings. As a result, she has perfected the art of effective adult and pediatric treatment. When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Board works directly with her state and national organizations to not only improve the quality of audiological healthcare in Texas, but also to advocate for her patients.