Swimming, diving or practicing water sports were activities that people with cochlear implants had to do in silence: their processors could not be submerged. But things have changed. The kit Aqua+, composed of a soft and flexible silicone case and an adapted coil, seals any water ingress so that the processor remains dry. In this way, its users can enjoy the sound in the water and also hear any instructions that other people give them, a very practical situation especially for children and their parents.
The Aqua+ kit has been developed by Cochlear and successfully tested so that it can be used for two hours straight and at a depth of up to 3 meters, complying with IP68 water protection standards. Furthermore, the same tests show that this accessory can be reused up to 50 times.
Aqua + is designed for those people who use the CP810, CP910 and CP920 sound processors with rechargeable batteries, since zinc-air batteries need air to function.
The way to use this aquatic protector is simple: carefully remove the elbow and disconnect the coil that is usually used with the sound processor. Then the processor is inserted into the silicone case and the blue Aqua+ coil is connected directly to the processor already with the case. The following video illustrates this form of use and its benefits.
Aqua+ is available in specialized and reference centers for UMusic hearing implants since last December 15. On the UMusic website you will find the information brochure and frequently asked questions about Aqua+. In addition, people who purchase the kit before February 28, 2015 will benefit from a 50% discount.