Hearing aids are continually exposed to foreign materials, moisture, and earwax. Exposure to these harsh environments can surely break down and interfere with correct functionality, just like with any other high-tech device. Such problems with hearing aids may be heightened for hearing aid wearers with busy lifestyles. So, hearing aids now have nano coating to delay or avoid the detrimental effects that can impose upon the use of hearing aids. This technology repels moisture and is in almost all hearing aids.
Nano coating and its relation to nature
Surface™ Nanoshield has been created by Starkey Hearing Technologies and is an invisible, proprietary nano coating. Fashioned after the lotus plant, which rolls water droplets carrying dirt off its leaves, this technology changes the surface interaction with oils, sweat, earwax, moisture, and other fluids, helping to keep these substances from penetrating or sticking to the hearing aids.
Since your ears are subject to numerous materials like sweat, dirt, and even rain, it is vital to have this technology. Direct contact with fluids is not good for hearing aids, so never shower or swim with them in your ears.
Tried, true, and tested
Surface Nanoshield is evaluated using a salt fog test, which is vastly used in the consumer electronic industry. The hearing aids with Surface Nanoshield are exposed to a salt fog for 48 hours at a temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, there is 48 hours of drying time. Each time, Surface Nanoshield successfully holds up to the environment, which simulates a sweaty and humid scenario.
A protection system called Hear Clear
Besides Surface Nanoshield, Starkey showcases an earwax protection system called Hear Clear. Disposable ear wax guards are used to stop earwax from building up on the hearing aid mechanisms. Remember, it is still important to perform regular cleanings and have preventative maintenance done on your hearing aids.
To learn more about hearing aid technology and products, as well as get proper maintenance on your hearing aids, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.