Waterproof hearing aids

Are hearing aids waterproof?

If you're looking for hearing aids that can withstand water exposure, you've probably come across the terms "water-resistant" and "waterproof." Although they sound similar, there are significant differences.


In this guide, we'll dive deeper into the world of waterproof hearing aids, covering how much protection they offer, their costs, and which top brands may fit your lifestyle.

Waterproof and Water-Resistant hearing aids

Water-resistant hearing aids can withstand some exposure to water. Simply put, they provide a certain degree of protection against sweat, light rain, and occasional splashes. However, they're not considered "waterproof," so you don't want to submerge them into water for extended periods, such as swimming or bathing.

In contrast, you might think that waterproof hearing aids offer more protection. The issue is, however, that waterproof hearing aids don't exist—at least not yet—meaning nothing on the market provides 100% protection against water damage.

How do I know if my hearing aids are waterproof?

All electronic devices (including hearing aids) have an Ingress Protection (IP) Rating, which specifies how well they protect against solid (i.e., dust and debris) or liquid intrusions (i.e., water). 

  • The first number in an IP rating indicates the level of protection against dust, using a scale of 1 to 6 
  • The second number measures protection against water, using a scale of 1 to 8.

Therefore, the highest IP rating a device can achieve is 68. This number indicates that the device can be submerged at a 1.5-meter-level depth for 30 minutes. 

Waterproof hearing aids with an IP rating of 68 include:

Phonak Audéo Life

Phonak Audéo Life hearing aids are water-resistant, making them convenient for active lifestyles and areas with high humidity or frequent rain. 

Although Phonak claims to produce the first-ever waterproof hearing aids on the market, they also include the disclaimer that their device is capable of being submerged in up to 50cm (or 1.64 feet) of fresh, pool or salt water. 

Top benefits of Phonak waterproof hearing aids:

  • Water and salt-water resistant
  • Sweat-resistant
  • Rechargeable
  • Bluetooth Connectivity 

Amplifon Ampli Mini R5

As you may have guessed from its name, the Amplifon Ampli Mini R5 is incredibly small and discreet, making it virtually invisible to others. 

Though tiny, its powerful design provides clear and natural sound quality, ensuring wearers can fully participate in conversations and activities without discomfort or distortion.

Top benefits of the Amplifon Ampli Mini R5 include:

  • Water-resistance
  • Long battery life (up to 18 hours for a single charge)
  • Advanced noise reduction technology
  • Titanium-made shell for added protection


ReSound OMNIA hearing aids provide superior sound quality, making listening to conversations, music, and other audio content easier. They also offer a wide range of customizable settings and easily connect to smartphones and other devices via Bluetooth. 

But are ReSound hearing aids waterproof? Like other brands on this list, they have the highest IP rating (68), making them incredibly water-resistant.

Top benefits of the ReSound OMNIA include:

  • Water-resistant
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Personalized features
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

Starkey Genesis AI

The Starkey Genesis AI is in a class of its own. It can automatically adjust to noise levels in different environments, making hearing and understanding speech much easier. It features a built-in smart assistant that allows you to set reminders and request helpful information on how to optimize your hearing aid performance, so you never miss a single moment!

It's designed to be comfortable and discreet and available in various colors and styles for added customization. Plus, it features fall detection and will alert your family or friends.

Top Benefits of the Starkey Genesis AI

  • Water-resistant
  • Smart assistant
  • Fall detection
  • Pairs with smart devices

Waterproof hearing aids costs and insurance

Water-resistant hearing aids are slightly more expensive than traditional hearing aids due to their advanced technology and high IP ratings. Therefore, depending on its model and features, one can range from $2,500 to $4,500 and up

While some insurance providers may offer partial or complete coverage, it's essential to understand your policy's benefits to ensure you get the best hearing aid to fit your lifestyle and needs.

Do you have hearing aid coverage? Check your benefit now!

Accessories to protect hearing aids from water

If you're not ready to invest in a water-resistant hearing aid, a few accessories can help protect your device from water damage.

Waterproof covers for hearing aids

Waterproof covers create a watertight seal around your hearing aid, shielding it from water, dirt, and other debris. These covers typically have a soft, flexible material that allows easy insertion and removal. For example, hearing aid covers for swimming are designed to protect your hearing device from water submersion. They fit over your hearing aids snugly to prevent water from seeping in, keeping them safe and functional while you enjoy a lap or splash around the pool.

Waterproof hearing covers are an excellent option for people who enjoy water activities or live in rainy environments.

Hearing aid retention cords

Hearing aid retention cords are small cords that attach to your hearing aids to keep them in place. Because they are securely attached to your ears, they help prevent water from getting inside them, saving you the hassle and expense of replacing them due to water damage.

Hearing aid dryer or dehumidifier

A hearing aid dryer and dehumidifier can prevent moisture damage to hearing aids. Dryers absorb moisture from the hearing aids, while dehumidifiers extract moisture from the air around them.

A dryer may be more effective for those in humid climates or who sweat heavily.

Woman wearing hearing aid gardening

Waterproof hearing aids

Referring to a device as waterproof implies that it is 100% protected from liquids. However, water-resistant hearing aids, like the ones listed above, are advancing in technology, making it easier for people to enjoy outdoor activities with better hearing and peace of mind. You can learn more about these and other hearing aid brands or check your benefits to see if you qualify for coverage.

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