Hearing aids rely on finely-tuned technology to deliver clear sound, but they are also placed very close to a wearer’s body. Even if a hearing aid protects the device from getting wet, the device may still suffer damage due to perspiration or exposure to a sudden rainstorm. Each device will handle water and moisture differently—and in most cases, it’s easy to tell how resilient the hearing aid will be.
How to Check the Water Resistance Rating of Your Hearing Aid
Many hearing aid providers use the Ingress Protection (IP) Code to rate a device’s ability to withstand certain penetrative damage. The IP Code rates the level of protection against water, dust, dirt, and debris provided by the device’s case. The two numbers that follow the initials “IP” on your device describe how well the electrical components are protected from:
- Solid particles. The first number is a rating of protection from solid objects, such as dirt and dust. These numbers range from 0 (no protection) to 6 (no dust can enter the casing). Lower numbers indicate protection from larger objects (such as fingers), with each increasing number offering protection against smaller and smaller objects.
- Water. The second number indicates the water resistance of the case, on a scale of 0 (no resistance) to 8 (immersion in water deeper than 1 meter). The lower the number, the less water resistant the device will be. The higher the number, the more likely the device is to work again once the device has been allowed to dry.
Even if your chosen hearing aid has a high moisture resistance rating, it is not a good idea to wear these aids in the shower or while swimming. Modern water resistance ratings are based on how well the device will work after it has been removed from water and completely dried—not how well it will work while still underwater.
If you are looking for a hearing aid to suit your active lifestyle, our hearing care providers will be happy to walk you through the capabilities of each of our devices. Call or visit us today, or use our location page to find our office nearest you!