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    Hearing-Impaired Jet Skiers Have a New Solution
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    A lot of hearing-impaired people would be more active if they weren’t afraid of damaging hearing aids that don’t like the humidity of gyms or the dousings of personal watercraft.

    A waterproof hearing aid

    Tampa Bay Times–  In response, Siemens has introduced what it says is the first waterproof hearing aid, capable of working as deep as 3 feet under water.

    The Aquaris can also be connected to a Bluetooth remote, called the Minitek, that streams audio to the earpieces, so a person could listen to music from a Bluetooth music player when swimming, for instance. Or an accessory microphone can be worn by someone you need to pay close attention to in a noisy room.

    A survey by Siemens found that of 500 hearing aid owners, 17 percent restricted their activity to avoid damaging their hearing aids. That 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.

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    The Aquaris is available through audiologists nationwide for about $2,500.
     

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