IP is the international standard that certifies the impermeability of a hearing aid, i.e. it defines how well the hearing aid is protected from dust, debris and water according to the international standard IEC 60529. The first number in the IP rating indicates the level of protection against dust, on a scale of 1 to 6, the second against water, on a scale of 1 to 8.
To find out if your hearing aid is waterproof, search for the IP code on the online product sheet or in the instruction manual inside its packaging. If you are unable to find it, your hearing care professional can provide you with information about the water resistance of your hearing aid.
IP 68 hearing aids are part of the new generation of hearing aids, designed with a nano-coated lining on both the inside and outside, so they can be worn in any everyday situation without worrying about sweat, rain, or splashing water. However, this technology is slightly more expensive than the technology in traditional devices.
Hearing aids with an IP rating of 68 indicate a resistance at about 1.5 meters for a maximum of 30 minutes. However, this does not mean that they can be used regularly for swimming, especially in the sea, as salt water releases crystals that damage the device.
If your hearing aid falls into water:
If your hearing aid has come in contact with water or you're in a particularly humid place, it may be enough to wipe your hearing aid dry with a cloth. Most hearing aids can withstand contact with water or being submerged to shallow depths, thanks to nano-coating technologies. However, it is critical to act as soon as possible to avoid damage.
To effectively dry a wet hearing aid, the most convenient method is to use a hearing aid dehumidifier: there are various types on the market, from drying boxes to dehydrating capsules or sprays. A homemade solution, however, is to put the open device for a few hours in a dry place, but never in the sun. Using hair dryers or radiators to dry the device is not recommended.
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