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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 - 1633 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

Does the Phonak Vitro B Titanium go far enough into the canal to prevent the echo sound and hearing my voice?

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Sheri Gostomelsky, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Deerfield

27 September 2017 - 491 Views

The answer lies in how deep the device can be built to fit in your ear.  Most of the ear canal has cartilage under the skin, however the last third of the ear canal is bone.  If the device reaches the bony portion of your ear, the echo or occlusion can be eliminated.