Born to perform and last

26 March 2015

Oticon hearing aids are rigorously tested to ensure a robust design that can be used for an active life and to withstand everyday activities. Therefore our instruments are not only developed with intelligent mechanical design – including barriers to prevent water, dust and debris from getting inside the hearing aid – but several components are also nano coated to repel moisture and water.

Oticon hearing aids now have achieved the IP58 classification.

What does IP58 mean?

The IP Code (Ingress Protection Rating) classifies and rates the degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects, dust, accidental contact, and water in mechanical casings and with electrical enclosures.

The IP classification consists of two digits each representing a protection level for dust and water. “5” means that the hearing aid is protected from the amount of dust that would interfere with normal operation. “8” represents a state in which the hearing aid is protected against continuous immersion in water at a depth of 1 metre (3 feet).

Moreover, we let the products undergo stressful tests exposed to sun lotion, vegetable oils, sunlight, dust under high humidity and varying temperatures to determine the resistance of the hearing aid to the effect of commonly used substances and ensure fit for all daily life situations.

Water resistant for daily life situations

In essence, Oticon hearing aids are designed to be worn in all daily life situations, therefore you do not have to worry about sweat or getting wet in a rain shower. However, you should not wear your hearing aids while showering or participating in water activities as the IP58 rating does not include salt water, chlorinated water, soap or other liquids with a chemical content.