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Are LiNX2 ITE hearing aids more susceptible to moisture than Phonak Virto hearing aids?

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Rachel Magann Faivre, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Oklahoma City

17 May 2016 - 1717 Views

Custom hearing device products do not have IP (Ingress Protection) ratings, only behind-the-ear devices do. For moisture, the highest score a product can receive is an 8, which means it is waterproof. Custom devices between ReSound or Phonak are likely to be similar, with a rating of 7, which means it can be submersed in water for up to 30 min and still work. Because the battery door is not sealed, the custom device cannot be waterproof. If your custom device is submerged in water, it will likely be functional, but you'll want to be sure to throw out... Read more

I get a lot of moisture in my ears from my hearing aids and I get a bad smell and have to use ear drops frequently. Would the Eargo help to prevent this problem?

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C. Scott Mills, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Clemmons

05 August 2016 - 1359 Views

I am familiar with Eargo and the idea behind it is to allow some ventilation around and through those little tendrils that cover the end of the hearing aid. It's a good theory and certainly may create less surface contact on the skin in the ear canal. As others have noted, your underlying problem may be a skin issue that needs to be treated. The challenge with the Eargo tendrils is that they can harbor infectuous cells from any skin or fungal infection. You'll have to clean those tendrils thoroughly and often in order to prevent recurrence.  A better... Read more

Are there any hearing aids that are safe to use while surfing?

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Melissa Wikoff, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Marietta

06 December 2017 - 339 Views

This is a great question! I used to practice in Southern California and work with a lot of surfers. I am an amateur surfer myself! There is no hearing aid currently available that's marketed as completely waterproof, so it's best to leave your hearing aids on the beach. Some of the rechargeable hearing aids, like the Signia Cellion, come with an IP-68 rating. IP stands for the International Protection marking, a standard of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The first digit (6) stands for its resistance to dust, dirt, and sand. The... Read more