Audéo™ Life – The World’s First Waterproof* Rechargeable Hearing Aid | Hearing Solutions
Hearing aids offer many benefits if you suffer from moderate to severe hearing loss. However, you might find you aren’t able to wear your hearing aid in situations where it might get wet. Whether it is torrential downpours we see so often in the summer months, sweating during exercise or soaking in the hot tub, having to take your hearing aid out when water threatens damage can be very inconvenient.
Luckily, you now have the option to choose a waterproof hearing aid. Hearing Solutions now carries Audéo™ Life, the first waterproof rechargeable hearing aid in the world. It offers an exciting option if you lead a very active lifestyle where the risk of your hearing aid getting wet is high. Here’s everything you need to know about waterproof hearing aids.
What is Phonak Audéo Life?
Phonak Audéo Life is a hearing device designed to keep up with your active lifestyle. You can literally risk getting caught in the rain because the hearing aid is completely waterproof.
Whether it is an unexpected downpour, a tour on the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls, sitting in a hot tub with friends, or sweating at the gym you can feel confident you can keep up with the conversation without damaging your hearing device. Phonak Audéo Life hearing aids stood up to the wettest conditions including fresh, salty, and even soapy water. As a result, you can wear the hearing aid wet or dry worry-free.
Why choose Phonak products?
Phonak has been manufacturing hearing aids for over 70 years. They are committed to developing unique hearing solutions such as the first waterproof rechargeable hearing aid. Phonak understands the needs of its customers and continues to look for ways to enhance the lives of those with hearing loss.
The company’s goal is to help you become healthier, happier and more successful in all aspects of your life. They continue to stretch technological capabilities for their own products to meet the changing needs of an aging population living healthier, more active lifestyles.
Who should consider Phonak Audéo Life?
If you tend to put your hearing aids under more pressure in demanding environments or are at higher risk of encountering wet conditions, Audéo Life is a good choice for you. It is recommended for anyone, but is especially well-suited to those who:
- Perspire heavily at work, during sports, working out, or just in general
- Live in or visit humid/wet climates
- Enjoy water-related activities such as boating, swimming, fishing, surfing, etc.
- Are forgetful or absent-minded and might jump into the shower with their hearing aid on
- Work outdoors and can be caught in the rain
- Have a hot tub or swimming pool in their backyard
- Are very social and might be invited to pool parties or people’s homes with hot tubs
Your rechargeable waterproof hearing aid will stand up to wet conditions, allowing you to feel confident no matter where you go.
What features do waterproof hearing aids offer?
The Phonak Audéo Paradise offers the following features:
- Completely submergible (Up to 50 cm or 1.54 ft)
- Excellent sound capabilities
- Smart apps for connectivity to smartphones, TV, Rogers and more
- Multiple Bluetooth® connections including Tap Control for easy access
- Phonak Charger Case Go™ inductive charger case
- High IP rating for moisture
You can enjoy all the water sports and risky situations where water presents itself without worry.
What is an IP Rating?
IP ratings appear on electronic devices. You can check the packaging where it indicates “IP” and two numbers rated by the International Electrotechnical Commission. The first number is the IP rating for dust resistance which will range between 1 and 7. It tells you how well your hearing aid protects against debris getting into your hearing device and gumming up the works. The IP moisture rating is the second number telling you how resistant the electrical device is to moisture.
How water-resistant are basic hearing aids?
When shopping for hearing aids, if you are concerned about moisture, look at the second digit on the IP rating. A number lower than 7 means your hearing aid cannot be immersed in water. Instead, it is water-resistant, which is very different.
Water-resistance means it can withstand exposure to water such as some sweat or rain, while waterproof means the hearing aid can be completely immersed in water. The Phonak Audéo Life has been extensively tested beyond the normal IP68 rating so it can be completely submerged in fresh, salt and pool water in depths up to 50 cm or 1.64 feet.
How to Make the Most of Waterproof Hearing Aids
Waterproof hearing aids still require care to keep them dry following contact with water and sweat. This ensures they work more efficiently. The key is to wipe them down thoroughly with a dry, clean cloth so they are completely dry before placing them in their docking system.
The Best of Both Worlds
You can also get the best of both worlds if you love your current hearing device. The Phonak Charger Case Go allows you to carry your Phonak Audéo Life with you when you plan to participate in activities that increase the risk of submersion or extensive exposure to water. The case is an inductive charger featuring an internal battery, so it doesn’t have to be plugged in to charge your hearing aid. The Phonak Life Charger™ has no internal battery and will quickly charge Audéo Life in 3 hours.
If you aren’t sure if a waterproof rechargeable hearing aid is right for you, speak to the team at Hearing Solutions. We can also conduct a free hearing test and recommend the best hearing aids to suit your lifestyle, budget and hearing level. Not quite sure you have hearing loss? Take our online hearing test.
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