Thursday, July 7, 2011

Seven Products for Protecting Your Hearing Devices from Moisture, Sweat and Water

As summer wears on, around here it starts to get very humid and I sweat a lot more often than usual. It's Arizona's monsoon season right now, which brings humidity, dust, and rain to the Valley where I live - all major problems for hearing aids.

This year I am curious about hearing aid covers and protection. These little devices are not only expensive, they're very important, so I want to protect them. I looked around online and wanted to share some of the protective covers I have found in my research. I don't mean this list to be exhaustive, but hopefully it is helpful. I haven't decided yet which I will order, and I haven't tried any of the products below.

If anyone has any opinions or experiences with these products, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments! Click on the product's name below to go to their website.

Custom Molded Hearing Aid Protection
This is a new one, one I'd never heard of before I started searching. For $50 (for 5), this company has a vinyl cover which will be custom molded to your hearing aid. This allows for changing the battery and settings without removing the cover.

The Deflector
I don't know if this product has a website of its own. It is a plastic "awning" type of device that slides over a behind the ear hearing aid and has a universal size. It is $24.95 at the above site.

Ear Band-It
This is designed for protection while swimming. The band wraps around the head, covering the ears. It was designed for children with ear tubes. I don't know if (and kind of doubt) this would work for hearing aids, but it is often sold at audiologists' offices.

Ear Gear
Ear Gears are "boots" made for hearing aids made of nylon-spandex. The site says the spandex material protects hearing devices from dirt and moisture. There are several different sizes, even Ear Gear for cochlear implants, and also a wide variety of colors for the "boot." The prices start in the $25 range.

Hearing Aid Sweatbands
This product is made of fabric and is used to protect the hearing aid from sweat and moisture, such as while outside or exercising. The sweatbands can be reused, and can be laundered. They are $22.95 to a pack, also with a variety of colors.

Super Seals
Super Seals are latex covers made for hearing aids. They are designed to stay on the hearing aid at all times, but need to be removed to replace the battery or change settings. The rubber can cause allergic reactions, and require an installation tool. A starter kit is $27.50.

Water Bombs
Okay, this is more of a "hack" or "DIY" solution than anything, but I found this post on the Hearing Aid Forums very funny/creative. There are photos and discussion at the link. And it probably only costs a few cents.


6 comments:

  1. This is a common problem with Hearing Devices. We need to protect them from Moisture, Sweat and Water. This post help in protecting as here it provide much solution for it. Thank you for sharing such important information.

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  2. Super Seals sound a bit like condoms!

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  3. I sweat terribly and have also been researching options before a destroy a third pair of hearing aids in less than one month. I know that I will have to purchase a dryer, but that doesn't help with my everyday, excessive sweating. I have been reading about hearing aid "protectors" to keep my hearing aids dry while sweating profusely. I have read that the Ear Gear "boots" are better than the Hearing Aid "sweatbands" because the latex boot hold the water away better than the sweatband fabric. Does anyone know if this it true? I would really appreciate anyone's input here. Thanks! Rebecca

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  4. I have spent the last several hours researching what I can do to handle excessive sweating. Obviously I am going to need a hearing aid dryer, but that will not help when my head is pouring with sweat, as is common during menopause. I have read about several hearing aid protectors to use when sweating profusely. I have read the the Ear Gear "boots" do a better job of keeping the hearing aids dry because they are made of latex which hold the water away from the device. I have also read about Hearind Aid "sweatband", but I do not know what fabric they are made from. Have any of you tried these two products? Can someone give me an honest assessment about which product is better and why? I would appreciate input from people who have tried these two products. Thanks!!

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  5. Wow, there goes my idea of creating a product and becoming rich! Thanks for the information, it helps. :-)

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