Before you decide to proceed with hearing aids, you will likely engage in some at-home research. During this, you may encounter confusing terminology or ratings. The most common one you may encounter is a hearing aid IP rating. So, what is an IP rating and what importance does it carry?
In its simplest of terms, the ingress protection (IP) rating refers to the hearing aids ability to withstand debris and moisture. Why is this important? As a hearing aid user, you will be wearing these devices the majority of your day, so you want to be sure it will be able to withstand natural elements that you encounter, daily.
An IP rating is a two-digit rating. The first number represents the hearing aid(s) ability to keep out debris (i.e., dust). The second number represents the hearing aid(s) ability to withstand moisture. Refer to the picture below for a complete breakdown.
What are some things you should keep in mind when considering a hearing aid(s) IP rating? First, even if you purchase a hearing aid with the highest IP rating of 68, if does not mean that your hearing aid is indestructible. With any electronic device, there will be natural wear-and-tear and repairs will be inevitable which would be covered under a manufacturer warranty. Lastly, you must always remember that hearing aids are water-resistant not waterproof. What is the difference? Your hearing aids will be able to significantly withstand a degree of sweat and/or rain whilst running into your favorite restaurant. However, your hearing aids will not be able to continue working at its optimal level if they are submerged in water (i.e.. swimming). Remember, hearing aids are electronic devices just like your mobile phones, laptops, tablets, etc. Therefore, it is essential to maintain the upmost care of the devices in order to ensure they live the longest life possible.
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