If you’re in the market for hearing aids, you’ve likely noticed a variety of them being advertised as either water resistant or waterproof. What’s the difference?
In most cases, your hearing aids will be water resistant. Water resistant hearing aids are those that have not been designed or tested for waterproof qualifications, although a water resistant hearing aid will be designed for normal use — which includes withstanding factors such as sweat, showering, and swimming. With any water resistant hearing aid, it must be removed before swimming or showering.
Water is a natural enemy to any electronic device, though, and water contact with your hearing aid should not be taken lightly. If your hearing aid becomes wet, remove it from your ear immediately, then remove its battery. Try using a hair dryer on a warm setting to dry your hearing aid, or take it to your audiologist for proper cleaning. Your audiologist can confirm your hearing aid still works, and doesn’t produce distorted sounds or emit static.
There is natural moisture that occurs in your hearing aid due to the moisture in your ear canal, and this is often the most damaging form of moisture for a hearing aid. This is why it’s important to take out your hearing aid and clean and dry it every night. There are a variety of electronic and non-electronic drying devices on the market designed specifically to aid in this portion of hearing aid maintenance.
Another step in hearing aid maintenance is taking appropriate precautions to care for your devices. Keep your hearing aid out of the bathroom in general, where things tend to get wet or steamy. Also, use spray-on products such as hairspray or body spray before putting in your hearing aids.
The important thing to remember when considering your hearing aid options is that you want the model that best suits your needs. Any hearing aid technology carried by Associated Audiologists will be a high-quality product. The goal of hearing aids is to enrich your life and help you live as easily as someone with normal hearing; this means that your hearing aids should work well in all environments.
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