Can You Shower or Swim with Your Phonak Hearing Aids?

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Generally, it is advisable to not get your hearing aids wet unless you buy a waterproof hearing aid.

Waterproof: The Phonak Audeo Life Hearing Aids

Phonak Audeo Life hearing aids represent a breakthrough in hearing aid technology, offering a genuinely waterproof solution. These advanced devices are designed to withstand immersion in salt, pool, or lake water up to a depth of one meter.

Being constructed to the standard of IP68, Audeo Lumity Life hearing aids are fully dust-tight and protected against long-term immersion under higher pressure. Therefore, if you’re wearing Audeo Life models, you don’t need to worry about water damage while swimming or showering.

However, please keep in mind a few precautions while using these hearing aids:

  • Although designed for submersion, the Audeo Life hearing aids should not be exposed to water deeper than one meter.
  • After exposure to water, remember to dry them properly before storing. Even though they are waterproof, it is always good practice to maintain their longevity.

Can I hear underwater with the waterproof Audeo Life hearing aids?

Hearing experiences in water situations can be enhanced with the Audeo Life hearing aids. However, it’s important to note that if your ear canal becomes filled with water, the amplification of sound may be impeded. The presence of water can disrupt the transmission of sound waves affecting the amplified output. Additionally, if the end of the hearing aid gets wet, it may be necessary to replace the wax trap before the sound can be effectively amplified again. This precaution ensures optimal performance and clarity of sound for users of the Audeo Life hearing aids during underwater activities.

When it comes to swimming with hearing aids, it is recommended to consult an audiologist who can provide fully occlusive earmolds without any vents. These earmolds, typically made of silicone, serve as a barrier to prevent water from entering the ear canal. By using these specialized earmolds, individuals can enjoy swimming while wearing their hearing aids, as the occlusion ensures that water is kept out. This allows the hearing aids to continue amplifying sound or even stream audio from compatible devices such as smartphones, providing a seamless and enhanced auditory experience even in aquatic environments.

Other Phonak Hearing Aids and Styles

Phonak offers a wide range of hearing aids, all of which carry an IP68 rating. The ‘IP’ stands for ‘Ingress Protection,’ and the ’68’ represents the level of protection from dust (first digit) and water (second digit). An IP68 rating implies that these devices are fully protected against dust and can also withstand temporary immersion in water. This is the highest rating electronic devices get.

However, it’s important to remember that, unlike the Audeo Life models, these other hearing aids are not advertised to be worn while showering or swimming. Water exposure could potentially damage the device, negatively impacting its functionality and lifespan. There is a risk that they would have to be sent in for repair.

Here are some recommended practices for these models:

  • Always remove your hearing aids before swimming, showering, or any water-related activities.
  • Store them in a dry, cool place while you’re not wearing them. You can use the case provided by Phonak to ensure their protection.
  • If your hearing aids accidentally get wet, remove the batteries, dry the devices with a soft, clean cloth and place them in a dry container to absorb the remaining moisture.

So, even if your Phonak hearing aids carry an IP68 rating, it’s crucial to remember that this doesn’t equate to being waterproof like the Audeo Life models. Always ensure to remove and store them properly before any contact with water to maintain their optimal performance

Jonathan Javid Au.D.

Jonathan Javid Au.D., a seasoned audiologist with an extensive background in the field of audiology. With over 11 years of invaluable clinical experience, Jonathan has dedicated his career to helping individuals enhance their hearing and improve their quality of life.

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