Are Regular Hearing Aids Waterproof?
Is your motor vehicle waterproof? Of course it is - what a question! But steady on, if it falls off the side of the dock, what then? The water pressure will find its way past the door seals, and swamp the auto, utility or campervan ever so slowly.
Think of hearing aids as waterproof in the same way. Of course we would like to believe our special-input sports coupe – if we could afford one - would take longer to fill. However, if there is a water-proof rating for sports cars, we have yet to see one.
How Wet Can My Hearing Aids Become?
There’s an international standard for hearing aid robustness put out by the International Electronical Commission. The two digit standards work as follows:
- The first digit informs how well a hearing aid resists debris such as dust and sand on a scale from one to seven.
- The second digit reveals how moisture-proof the hearing aid is, this time on a scale of one to nine.
The marking on a particular hearing aid therefore tells you how well it matches your lifestyle. If you want to hear what people are saying while surfing and sky diving, then perhaps Blue Angel hearing aids may not be your first choice.
That’s because we supply regular hearing aids for people with mild to moderate hearing that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Please stay with us if that suits your needs while we share tips for taking precautions with water.
Regular Waterproofing Technology for Regular Users
Modern hearing aid technology advanced in leaps and bounds in the past decade. Robotic manufacturers enable tighter tolerances and more accurate assembly. However, you still need to avoid showering with hearing aids on, although walking in a drizzle without an umbrella should be okay.
Your most important take-away from this post is likely to be the importance of drying your hearing aids right away if they get soaked. That’s because moisture may take a while to get past their defenses, and if you act quickly, you could be okay. The key is being careful, and keeping your hearing aids safe and dry at all times.
Don’t Shower with Hearing Aids Despite Water Resistant Technology
In olden times, a few drops of moisture could distort hearing aid technology inside. Things are easier now as water resistant hearing aids withstand humidity, sweat, oily skin, and excessive wax better.
Our advice would be to avoid bathing, showering, swimming, or walking in heavy rain with hearing aids on. If you have to return your hearing aids after getting them soaked you may discover just how expensive repairs can be.
An old trick that still works is gently placing your fingers in your outer ears for a moment, to make double sure your hearing aids are out. Then you can dive into the ocean or your shower with greater confidence. Modern hearing aids are so comfortable to wear it’s not difficult to forget they are there.
How to Dry Your Hearing Aids If They Get Wet
The first thing to remember is not to panic and take them off, which could expose them to even more water. Leave them in your ear while you get away from the wet as soon as possible, and then follow this advice.
- Lay your hands on a dry cloth, lint-free if possible, even kitchen towel will do
- Remove your hearing aids, gently one at a time and dry the surfaces carefully
- Shake them gently to try to remove any water from the joints, dry them again
- Open the battery compartment and remove the batteries if you can
- Place the hearing aids (without batteries) in a dehumidifier for two hours
If you don’t have a dehumidifier, then place then in a warm dry spot on a piece of kitchen towel away from direct sunlight. If they don’t work properly the next day, and cost you thousands of dollars each, then we’re sad to say you have to return them for repair.
Of course, if you bought your hearing aids from Blue Angels for our legendary budget prices that would be another matter. Things could be a simple as binning the damaged ones, and ordering a replacement pair from us for a couple hundred dollars including priority shipping.
How to Care For Hearing Aids, Even Waterproof Ones
Moisture is the enemy of electronic devices. Computers, laptops, phones and hearing aids have low voltage electric circuits that don’t like damp. Open your hearing aids up when you remove them, and pat any moisture away with a dry cloth.
Hearing aids don’t like being exposed to chemicals, soaps, and hair products either. Treat me gently, treat me good was a great pop song from our youth. Treat your hearing aids with love and care, and they should give you sweet memories too.