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  1. Question Waterproof Hearing Aid Options

    Hey everyone!

    So i currently wear a pair of Oticon Opn's and I'm in the market for a pair of waterproof aids. I am hesitant to wear my current aids anytime i think i will experience heavy persperation or do any water activities (swimming, boating, hanging out a beach, etc.). Not only does not wearing the aids affect the social aspect of these types of activities, but more importantly it's the safety aspect. I've tried the BTE socks and similar products but nothing seems to work well. So i'd rather just invest in a separate pair of aids that i can just wear and not have to worry about anything....even if the sound quality/strength isn't perfect.

    Does anyone have reccomendations?
    I was going to go with Aquaris', but someone posted they are no longer offered (and my audi is currently on vacation so i can't verify).

    Thanks in advance for suggestions.
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    You can pick up Ear Gear which covers the aid with adsorbent cloth for sweat. As for swimming, afraid you need to take them out and put them in a waterproof case.
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    I think we just killed this horse..

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenP View Post
    You can pick up Ear Gear which covers the aid with adsorbent cloth for sweat. As for swimming, afraid you need to take them out and put them in a waterproof case.
    I'm aware of what's available for protecting my existing aids. However, i am looking for recommendations for new aids that are designed specifically to be waterproof (not water resistant or utilizing some aftermarket "sock").
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    There was just a previous discussion of this. I believe the conclusion was that there are not any waterproof hearing aids currently made, but Siemen's Aquarius aids are available on ebay. Somebody else pointed out that to retain their "waterproofness," they need to be serviced yearly by the manufacturer. If you want more detail, I'd encourage using the search function.

    Quote Originally Posted by willie1280 View Post
    I'm aware of what's available for protecting my existing aids. However, i am looking for recommendations for new aids that are designed specifically to be waterproof (not water resistant or utilizing some aftermarket "sock").
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    Check out the Japanese hearing aid, Rion HB54. Supposedly it's waterproof. http://www.hearingaidswholesale.com/...ucts/rion-hb54. Another thing to keep in mind ... more and more hearing aid companies will come out with IP68 rechargeable hearing aids (so no battery door to worry about), such as Siemens Cellion. IP68 aids can be in the water for an hour at 3 meters and still work (or something like that). IP68 aids plus a swim cap or ear band might work for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljones1 View Post
    IP68 aids can be in the water for an hour at 3 meters and still work (or something like that). IP68 aids plus a swim cap or ear band might work for you.
    On the one hand, that's the spec for IP68. But on the other hand, even though HA mfgs rate their HA at IP68, they still tell people not to shower or swim with them. I think Neville was saying that mfg use very clean water to achieve that kind of spec in their labs, but if you're in sea water or lake water, they won't dry out cleanly like with clean water. So the only thing I would do with IP68 HA is to wear them for sweaty workouts, but that's my limit. And so far so good with sweaty workouts for my IP68 rated HA, knock on wood.
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    Problem is that Goretex gets blocked by salt crystals as it dries - so sweat and seawater are potential issues if the aid is immersed.

    Removable filters are an option, but it creates a second layer over the inner mic filter which may also be susceptible to blocking.
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    That's exactly the issue I had with my Aquaris - the membrane under the battery door became non-permeable after about 8 months, and I had it replaced. They do tell you to rinse the aid off in clean water after use, which I did. I think my issue was sunscreen. Haven't had any issue since, but its irrelevant now that they are deemed obsolete.

    Quote Originally Posted by Um bongo View Post
    Problem is that Goretex gets blocked by salt crystals as it dries - so sweat and seawater are potential issues if the aid is immersed.

    Removable filters are an option, but it creates a second layer over the inner mic filter which may also be susceptible to blocking.
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    Here is a pretty geeky page translated from Japanese on the Rion HB54. http://www.rion.co.jp/english/report...echnology.html

    Could someone very technical take a look at these specs (Um Bongo?) and see if they make sense from an engineering point of view.

    edit: looks like there has been some follow-on models since the HB54. The latest model is HB-W1RA which clocks in at a pricey $2k / aid based on current yen exchange rate.
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