by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
When I first wrote about the Siemens Aquaris Micon hearing aid back in May, 2011 it was the first digital hearing aid to be rated IP 57, that is, waterproof to 3 feet for 30 minutes (“Waterproof Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants—Here They Come“).
You can learn exactly what the IP ratings mean in my article “Is Your Hearing Aid Waterproof or Water Resistant? Can You Trust the Manufacturer’s Claims?“.
Now the Aquaris Micon has been upgraded to the highest IP rating for being both waterproof and dustproof. This means you can wear it anywhere, any time—in the middle of a desert dust storm or while swimming underwater for as long as you want—and no dust or water will get into it to “gum up the gearworks”. Also, the Aquaris Micon is shock resistant so it can withstand the shocks of vigorous sports and exercise.
Here’s another cool feature. If you just need to listen to music while swimming underwater, it has bluetooth—so if you have your trusty bluetooth-enabled iPod or MP3 player with you (in a waterproof bag or container of course), you can listen to your favorite music via your Aquaris Micon hearing aids while swimming with the fish.