Waterproof vs Water-Resistant Hearing Aids?

Technology and improvements have changed the face of hearing aids. Just a few short years ago, you couldn’t even get any hearing aids wet, let alone find water-resistant or waterproof ones. Now both styles of hearing aids are available. There is a big difference between water-resistant and waterproof hearing aids. Read on to find out the differences and if either style of hearing aid is right for you.

Water-Resistant Hearing Aids

All hearing aids are delicate and sensitive devices. For most types of hearing aids, they cannot get wet at all. Since that is difficult to manage through everyday life with hearing aids that might include rain, sweat, showering, or any other random moisture that you might come into contact with. When even the tiniest bit of moisture gets into traditional hearing aids, it can get in the inner workings and cause the hearing aids to malfunction or stop working. Water resistant hearing aids protect them from a small amount of moisture that can affect regular hearing aids like humidity, oils from your skin, excessive ear wax, and sweat. As you might have noticed, this means that water-resistant hearing aids cannot be exposed to a great deal of moisture and they definitely cannot be submerged in water. You will need to take your hearing aids out if you are swimming, showering, or even caught in a rainstorm.

Waterproof Hearing Aids

As the name indicates, waterproof hearing aids can withstand significantly more moisture and water that water-resistant ones. Depending on the model of waterproof hearing aid, some can even be submerged in up to 3 feet of water. Being waterproof isn’t the only benefit of these hearing aids, they also can keep out 100% of dust particles which is something that often can interfere with how hearing aids work. In addition to that, some models of waterproof hearing aids are shock resistant.

How to Take Care of Water-Resistant or Waterproof Hearing Aids

All hearing aids are a big investment and, as you know, can change your life for the better. Therefore, learning how to take care of them will help you protect your investment. Even if you have water-resistant or waterproof hearing aids, they still need to be taken care of. Here are some hearing aid maintenance tips:

  • Wipe down your hearing aids when you take them out. Follow the cleaning instructions that came with your hearing aids.
  • Keep the battery case open at night or when not wearing them so that it can air out.
  • Store your hearing aids in a dehumidifier overnight and when not wearing them.

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