The future of hearing aid is waterproof
Many people with hearing loss tend to feel limited when it comes to things they can do. Hearing aids are medical devices that require special care. For example, hearing aids should be kept away from water as it can damage the devices. However, this will no longer be a problem with the latest trend: waterproof hearing aids. These are modern devices that are resistant to water and dust. You can go swimming, walk in the rain or take a shower with them in your ears.
Manufacturers and waterproof hearing aids
Phonak created a water-resistant product, Phonak Spice+ H2O, but it didn’t provide the protection needed when performing water based activities. Therefore, Signia, the leading hearing aid manufacturer, has come up with the innovative waterproof product called Aquaris. This device has all the features of a premium hearing aid and it is waterproof. This means, the user doesn’t have to limit themselves. For example, you can listen to music directly with your hearing aids while underwater. Now that’s something to brag about! With two design options of Earhook or Liftube and several color choices, you can customize the product to accommodate your hearing loss. Swimmers with hearing loss can feel isolated and like they are missing out on not being able to hear underwater. However, Aquaris ensures that people can enjoy better hearing wherever they are.
The process to get the Aquaris model is similar to getting other hearing aids. You will need to go to an audiologist who will conduct a hearing test to determine your level of hearing loss and to see if you have any other ear related issues. If you decide to get hearing aids, the audiologist will recommend devices based on your needs. If you want the Aquaris, you can order them through your audiologist. Once they arrive, you can be fitted with your new devices immediately.
It is important to do all your research about the product in terms of style, price, etc. The Aquaris is only available as a BTE (behind-the-ear) device. So, if you are looking for ITE (In-the-ear) hearing aids, you might have to choose another model. If the popularity of Aquaris grows, more styles will be introduced and more manufacturers will create further models like ITE hearing aids.
Waterproof vs. Water-resistant
The difference between the two is simple but important to understand. A waterproof digital hearing aid is resistant to water for a short amount of time (i.e. 30 minutes). This would be enough time for someone to go for a quick swim or take a shower. Whereas, waterproof means that the device can be submerged underwater for a few hours. The waterproof devices give the wearer more freedom and options to participate in these activities.
Why waterproof hearing aids?
Taking a shower or swimming are very common things to do. But, for people with hearing aids, these activities can be worrisome. They need to remember to remove their devices and place them in a dry box to ensure that they don’t get water damage. While swimming, a person’s hearing may be severely reduced, impacting how much they can enjoy the activity. Additionally, wearers can struggle even if they don’t directly come in contact with water, since sweating can also cause damage. People with hearing devices have to be constantly checking and cleaning them. Waterproof hearing aids can help people with hearing loss enjoy the simple things in life.
Classic hearing aids and water
Hearing aid wearers are advised to keep their devices away from water to ensure there is no mechanical damage. This can cause a lot of worry for them because as soon as they see water, they fear their hearing aids will get damaged. The care procedure includes cleaning the devices to get rid of any ear wax or ear fluids and storing them in a dry box every night to keep them safe. This is time consuming and restricting for people who enjoy a life in the water. Chris Colwill is a U.S. Olympic diver who has hearing loss but wears hearing aids. During his diving activities, he has to take his hearing aids out. He is 60% deaf in both of his ears and has to look at the scoreboard to tell him when it’s his turn to dive. This is limiting for the diving champion. However, a waterproof hearing aid ensures that people are able to go on with their lives as normal.
Taking care of your hearing aids
The devices may be waterproof and dust resistant, but it is still important to follow a good care regime. Hearing devices are medical devices, and the more you take care of them, the longer they will last. Your care procedure should include cleaning the devices and replacing the batteries.
Waterproof devices are a new technology and there isn’t much information available. If you are interested in finding out more information on hearing aids, you can speak to one of our hearing experts to get free advice and start your risk-free trial.