Moisture, earwax, and other external substances regularly come in contact with hearing aids. Just like with any digital accessory, harsh environments make them susceptible to damage. As a result, the device may malfunction. There is a higher risk for this problem if someone who wears hearing aids engages in more active routines.
To alleviate this problem, nearly all hearing aids have a feature known as “nano coating”, which deflects moisture. This element delays or prevents any possible damage to the hearing aids.
A Nano Coating Inspired by Nature
Surface™ Nanoshield, is an invisible nano varnish. It comes from lotus plants, which repel water drops while removing dirt from the leaves.
This coating changes the exterior of the hearing aid, and how it comes in contact with moisture, earwax, oils, sweat, etc., by stopping these substances from clinging to or permeating through the hearing aid. In other words, the Surface™ Nanoshield is hydrophobic (water resistant) and oleophobic (oil repellent).
It is crucial to prevent these fluids from getting into your hearing aids. Your ears have various types of fluids: dirt, sweat, wax, and sometimes even water, depending on how humid it is. The Surface™ Nanoshield helps to protect your hearing aids, and as a result the coating makes them last longer.
Do not allow fluids to get directly in contact with your hearing aids -- do not shower or swim with your hearing aids on. Certain contact with moisture is inevitable. Body sweat is prevalent during the summertime and workouts at the gym.
Starkey Tested, Wearer Approved
The Surface™ Nanoshield was tested by using a salt fog, which is typically used in consumer electronic industries. Hearing aid devices that had the Surface™ Nanoshield, are put in a salt fog environment for 48 hours, in 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This replicates how the hearing aids may function during a long period of time, in a sweaty and muggy atmosphere. After the humidity and moisture tests, the aids are dried for 48 hours. The Surface™ Nanoshield has steadily withstood the test, which guarantees that it will provide the assistance and reliability necessary for your hearing.
Hear Clear Wax Guards
Starkey hearing aids have a state-of-the-art, earwax defense system known as Hear Clear. Hear Clear features disposable wax guards, which stop the buildup of earwax in the hearing aid receiver.
Even though maintaining and cleaning your hearing aids is vital for their durability, it’s important to know that all Starkey hearing aids have a protective shield to help you hear better.
If you are interested in Starkey hearing aids, featuring the Surface™ Nanoshield, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids!
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