Waterproof, Dirtproof, and Sweatproof Options!
Did you purchase a kiddie pool for the backyard? A slip N' slide? If you are in need of waterproof or water resistant options, read on below!
Are there really waterproof options available? Yes! See my tips below for each cochlear implant manufacturer. I also include some tips for hearing aid users! If you have other ideas, please share in the comments so I can learn from you.
1. Use your waterproof accessory. All cochlear implant companies have a way to make your CI waterproof.
Advanced Bionics has the AquaCase ™ which has an IP68 rating which protects from dirt, water, and sand. This is used with the Naida Q70 and Q90 devices. AB also carries the only waterproof device on the market, the Neptune. The Neptune is a body-worn device and is completely waterproof. After said event, rinse the processor with tap water to clean it.
Cochlear Americas has the Aqua+. A flexible watertight housing or as I like to call wetsuit for your processor, N6 or N7. It also requires a waterproof headpiece. If you or your child wear a Kanso, they have the Aqua+ for the Kanso too!
Med-El is known for their WaterWear, which is a reusable waterproof cover that you slip your processor into and fix into place by a single-use adhesive strip. It allows for up to nine uses per sleeve. It’s not my favorite way of protecting your hearing device as it seems like the potential for leakage could happen. The WaterWear is used with the Sonnet, Opus 2, Rondo, and Samba.
2. What about my hearing aids?!
Purchase EarGear for your device. These soft, acoustically transparent spandex sleeves often come with a stretchy cord, O-ring and durable strong locking clip, and are made to protect your devices from dirt, sweat, & moisture. They even have a 1 year 100% unconditional guarantee AND you can have one custom made like the picture below!
3. If you don’t have any of the above waterproof devices or sleeves. A suggestion (for powder color events only) is to wear a bandana or headband that covers the devices.
A swim cap could work too! You mainly want to protect the microphones and battery area.
4. My least favorite recommendation is choosing not to wear the devices.
You could take your devices off and put them away in your trusty case. But, then you’re missing out on all of the music, laughter, and the sound it makes when the powder explodes onto a person. It would be the last resort recommendation.