EDUDEAF: Hearing Aids and Swimming

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Subj: Waterproof Hearing Aids
Date: 97-03-03 09:44:44 EST
From: jfschon@HICOM.NET (Jay Schonberger)
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Summer camp time is fast approaching and my daughter plans to send both her children to a day camp. They both use ReSound Power aids with unvented earmolds. I don't think the ReSounds would survive a dip in the pool so we are considering getting each child one waterproof (water resistant?) aid for use in the pool.

I would be interested in any thoughts on the following:

1. Is it a good strategy to have only one aid while swimming?

2. If one aid is used, should the other ear be plugged to keep out water?

3. Should ear drops be used as a prophylactic to prevent external ear infections? My concern is trapping moisture in their ear canal since their earmolds are not vented. I also intend to check this out with their ENT.

4. The children are used to a "compression aid". Do any of the waterproof aids use compression or K-Amp? I suspect that they are all linear aids!

5. Any experiences or recommendations as to the brand of waterproof aid?

We have tentatively selected a camp that is academically and sports oriented, so they will swim only twice a week. Of course, the kids will sweat all over the ReSounds so I guess they will have to be encased in those things that look like miniature condoms (I forget what they are called). Anyone have any experience with these rubbers for hearing aids?

Cathy, I think that these questions may be stretching the charter of EDUDEAF but if the kids can't hear properly, they will loose the educational benefits of summer camp. How's that for rationalization. Jay

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Subj: Re: Waterproof Hearing Aids
Date: 97-03-04 00:22:44 EST
From: BradIngrao@AOL.COM (Brad Ingrao)
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I have always thought it is important that HoH and Deaf kids learn that no matter how well they do with hearing aids, they need to rely first and foremost on their EYES. Therefore, I usually recommend they DONT wear hearing aids while swimming. Even the supposed "water proof" aids will eventually fail under water.

That said, I have found the Eurion Lotus PP (Class B Linear, but surprisingly high fielity) more reliable than the Rion.

>>2. If one aid is used, should the other ear be plugged to keep out water? Can't hurt.

>>3. Should eardrops be used as a prophylactic to prevent external ear infections? My concern is trapping moisture in their ear canal since their earmolds are not vented. I also intend to check this out with their ENT.

Can't hurt, but follow the ENT's advice.

>>4. The children are used to a "compression aid". Do any of the waterproof aids use compression or K-Amp? I suspect that they are all linear aids!

See above

Brad Ingrao
Jax FL

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Subj: Re: Waterproof Hearing Aids
Date: 97-03-04 21:28:22 EST
From: semesky@EROLS.COM (Linda Semesky)
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> >>3. Should eardrops be used as a prophylactic to prevent external ear > infections? My concern is trapping moisture in their ear canal since > their earmolds are not vented. I also intend to check this out with > their ENT.

Make sure that they're not ototoxic or they could cause hearing loss by overuse.

Linda S.
semesky@erols.com
The Semesky 's
Towson, Maryland
USA

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Subj: Ototoxic Eardrops: (was Re: Waterproof Hearing Aids)
Date: 97-03-05 21:06:34 EST
From: BradIngrao@AOL.COM (Brad Ingrao)
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Are you thinking of Gentamycin drops? It is VERY unlikely that the minimal amount of medication in these drops will cause hearing loss. Aminoglycosydes ("mycin" drugs" )are ototoxic only when taken systemically, usually by IV. Topical application is safe.
The more proboble prophylaxis would be Cortisporin Otic Suspension which is a cortical steroid and is very safe.
Brad Ingrao
Jax FL
http://www.aos-jax.com

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