Oticon announced today that all of the miniRITE/RITE and miniBTE/BTE instrument styles for the Oticon Agil, Intiga, Acto, Ino, Chili, Sumo, and Safari families have recently been rigorously tested by an independent, accredited laboratory and are now IP57 certified as dust- and water-resistant. The IP57 certification has been achieved without any new modifications or design enhancements.
“Our hearing instruments have always been robustly designed to meet the challenges of active lives and everyday activities,” says Oticon President Peer Lauritsen. “Oticon BTE- and RITE-style instruments use intelligent mechanical design including barriers to prevent water, dust and debris from getting inside the instruments. Additionally, the hearing instruments are nanocoated to repel water. All of these factors are reasons why Oticon hearing devices perform so well in IP testing.”
The IP Code or Ingress Protection Rating classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against intrusion of solid objects (dust) and water in mechanical casings with electrical enclosures. IP ratings are made up of two digits, representing protection levels for dust and water.
“The IP57 certification for dust and water resistance reinforces what many hearing care professionals already know from their experiences with Oticon’s well-designed and reliable instruments,” Lauritsen explains. “The IP57 certification, combined with Oticon’s service and repair warranties, make Oticon hearing instruments reliable, high performing choices for people with hearing loss.”
Lauritsen notes that despite the robust design, care and attention should always be given in handling hearing instruments. Oticon recommends that users not wear their hearing devices when swimming, diving or bathing. Instrument users should follow normal care procedures should their instruments get excessively wet and temporarily stop working.