If you wear hearing aids, taking them off before getting into the shower can be frustrating, but you also want to protect them from damage. It’s wise to check whether you can take your hearing aids into the shower to avoid breaking them.
In general, hearing aids are not designed to be used in the shower. Some are rated as moisture-resistant but not waterproof, so they can be splashed but not submerged. If you’re going to be exposed to water, it’s important to either check the device’s specifications or take measures to protect them from damage.
As technology has improved, hearing aid manufacturers have produced more devices that can withstand being exposed to water.
Are Hearing Aids Waterproof?
In the majority of cases, it is not advisable to wear hearing aids in the shower, bath, or swimming pool.
Most hearing aids are not fully waterproof but rather water-resistant. As a result, they can handle exposure to a certain amount of moisture but shouldn’t be submerged in water or exposed to a lot of steam.
The type of hearing aid you have will determine how much moisture exposure it can handle. Certain devices are designed to be more water-resistant than others and will have a higher “IP” rating.
Those with a lower “IP” water resistance rating will only be able to handle brief exposure to water, such as a light rain shower or wiping with a damp cloth.
Ideally, before you shower, it is best to take your hearing aids out, as even a few drops of water can cause damage to the internal components.
How to Wear Hearing Aids in the Shower Without Damaging Them
Wearing hearing aids in the shower can be done safely as long as a few precautions are taken.
- Make sure that your hearing aids are completely covered when you are in the shower – preferably by wearing a shower cap. This will prevent water from getting into the devices and damaging them.
- Avoid using hot water or steam while wearing your hearing aids. Extreme temperatures can damage the device and render it unusable.
- Take care when washing your hair, as shampoo and other hair products can also damage the hearing aid if they enter it.
- After showering, be sure to dry your head and ears thoroughly. This will help prevent any moisture from seeping into the hearing aid and causing damage.
By following these simple steps, you can safely wear your hearing aids in the shower without worrying about damaging them.
How long should a hearing aid last?
With regular cleaning and proper maintenance, a good quality hearing aid can last upwards of five years. Things like exposing the device to moisture and temperature changes will shorten its lifespan.
Can you get hearing aids with rechargeable batteries?
Many hearing aid manufacturers are now designing their devices to have rechargeable batteries rather than disposable ones. This is more convenient for most people, and it saves the cost of having to buy new batteries repeatedly