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More options for users with a waterproof hearing aid
January 21, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Siemens has introduced what it says is the first waterproof hearing aid, capable of working as deep as three feet underwater.Called the Aquaris, the device can also be connected to a Bluetooth remote, called the Minitek, that streams audio to the earpieces, allowing you to listen to music from a Bluetooth music player when swimming, or to give an accessory microphone to someone to whom you need to pay close attention in a noisy room.

A survey by Siemens found that of 500 hearing-aid owners, 17 per cent restricted their activity to avoid damaging their hearing aids. That curtailment is particularly hard on groups like hearing-impaired children and people who work at jobs where there is dust or grime, like farmers or steel workers. By locking out moisture, the hearing aid becomes dust- and dirt-proof as well.The Aquaris is available through audiologists nationwide, and is priced at around $2,500 per ear, although that number varies based on the cost of the custom fitting.

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