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Waterproof Hearing Aids! A Review of Siemens Aquaris

Waterproof Hearing Aids! A Review of Siemens Aquaris

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Waterproof hearing aids are a big deal.

I mean, huge. HUGE! I don’t think you are actually likely to understand unless you actually use hear-wear. It’s enormous.

Just to kind of give you a glimpse, though, think about all the times in which water is around you: the shower, the pool, hot tubs, hot springs, ocean, rivers, RAIN? Maybe it’s a bigger deal for me than for someone living in say, Kansas, since I’ve spent my entire life so far around the Pacific Ocean, but there is no denying that for any of us, all of us, water is a part of our lives.

Water is always in the back of my mind.

Someone turns on the sprinkler? DAMMIT! get that away from my hearing aids! Or the hose, or those sudden-dousing “fun” things? Boats, canoes, kayaks, all of that usually has me in anxiety.

My choice, you see, has always been to either participate in something that relates to water and take the chance of killing my super expensive piece of hear-ware OR participate with them off, rendering me unable to communicate, thanks to my lack of signing (parents; this is why you need to teach your kids ASL, okay?? so they are not stuck like I am now).

So I just about swooned when I saw that Siemens has a new TOTALLY WATERPROOF hearing aid out.

Siemens Aquaris: A Waterproof Hearing Aid

I know, for those of you who know hearing aids, this really does sound like an impossibility, doesn’t it? I mean, where does the battery casing go? The microphone? How can the microphone work if it’s encased? Doesn’t make sense. But I was so excited about the possibility, I went for it anyway.

These are the hearing aids:

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Sexy beast! Bring on the beige, baby!

They are clearly way smaller and lighter than my backups – my ears are grateful for that. They have no volume control or adjustments; completely digital. I’m fine with that, and used to it too, since my Phonak’s operate the same way.

I am not even using the phone anymore – too stressful – so I have not tested them for bluetooth/T-coil capacity.

siemensaquaris_spec_blk_4Sound quality

It’s always a brain-bender to get used to a different sound system. The overall sound quality for the hearing aids is fine, it’s this strange sort of echo-y, tin-tastical-laced voiced sounds that kind of wanked me out. It’s like a dim, raspy-yet-clear- megaphone going straight into your ear canal. Does that make sense?

I think that the sound quality in Phonaks or non-waterproof Siemen’s models are better in terms of clarity.

The Water Part

  1. Swimming

I went swimming with Mack and Moxie and wore them – and it was WEIRD. It was actually not fun because I’m not used to hearing all that and it kind of freaked me out. The water sounds crinkly and metallic and rather than a lovely silence that goes with the feeling of water, it’s this jarring bunch of sound. And people in pools are NOISY – I didn’t know that (or like it).

So… the hearing aids work fine while swimming. But I won’t be doing that again unless I absolutely have to.

2. Showering

I took a shower with them in and it was just… ugh! How can hearing people stand to listen to shampoo like that? It’s TERRIBLE! That lathering sound is excruciating.

While the sounds of the actual shower were like nails on chalkboard to me, I liked being able to hear Moxie scream from the yurt (- or did I?), I liked the measure of safety that I felt being able to hear as I showered, but… I gotta be honest, I’m not doing it again. I much prefer my silent showers, so I’m not sure I’m going to be using them in the shower unless I absolutely have to.

Overall

I’m a few months in to using these hearing aids as my primary hearing devices. I love them because here in Humboldt County, it rains a lot and I am never nervous anymore about getting my hearing aids wet outside while walking or hiking. That’s an awesome feeling.

I also like them while on the beach or river, because again, no worries about water accidentally destroying them.

But I won’t go swimming or shower with them in unless I have no choice. I can’t stand the unfamiliar sounds and much prefer my silence.

While I do think that the sound quality in Phonaks or non-waterproof Siemens models are superior to the sound quality in these, these bubbas are waterproof. I’m not getting the best quality sound, but since I’m a pretty active mom of 3 very active kids living in one of the rainiest parts of California with a lifestyle that revolves around water, I’ll take it.

Note:

This post is not sponsored in any way, shape or form. I purchased the hearing aids through insurance and am only writing this review for other hear-wearers out there who might want to know about these. Questions? Please ask in the comments or message me. I’m happy to share more.

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Kristyn Ungerer

Thursday 26th of August 2021

I put my Aquaris Hearing Aids by Siemens through the washer!!! They still work great! They are 8 years old and work just like new!!

Meriah

Thursday 26th of August 2021

omg, that is amazing!

Darryl Payne

Tuesday 6th of August 2019

Today I had the best day with our kids, it was also the day I heard the saddest thing in my life. As we floated along a river in the mountains of Georgia on tubes my 16 year old daughter said to us “Does it sound peaceful? Are there any birds singing?” Today I realized how much she needs waterproof hearing aids. Could you tell me how much these are and whether there is a payment plan available please?

available please

Morgan Marshall

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

From what I have heard, the Aquaris are the only ones on the market that are waterproof. and even then, they aren't waterproof in most situations, i have heard phonak has a few "water reistent" ones that have a higher IPX rating, than the aquaris, so these might be worth a shot. Or there are some people saying there are some on Ebay, if you're brave enough to go this route, it just might be tough to get an audiologist to program them. But my suggestions is not to have high hopes for them, they will stop working after about 30 mins, then struggle to function afterwards

Hindy

Friday 28th of June 2019

Hi,

I am looking to purchase a pre-owned aquaris hearing aid for my son. He is going to sleepaway camp and lost his set that he used for swimming. Do you know of a pair for sale?

Meriah

Saturday 29th of June 2019

I have NO idea. The only thing I can think of is to put an ad up in a retirement center or "active adult community." Failing that, reaching out to audiologists that sell them.

Good luck!

Jake Farley

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

I am considering buying my second set of them. I have owned mine for 8 years and love them. I live in Florida and work outside. I sweat like a menopausal woman (No offense ladies). Other hearing aids spent more time in the drying jar than on my head. I will use them again. Yes 1 battery door is broke at the hinge. it takes an extra 10 seconds to carefully change the battery, but works perfectly. I highly recommend them.

Thanks Jake

Marge Macht

Thursday 29th of November 2018

I am about to purchase my first pair of hearing aids for age related hearing loss. Wondering if the Signia Aquaris would be a good choice as I do water aerobics 3 times a week. Open to suggestions.

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