I have this weird problem with my iCom (along with some more common ones):
I wear my iCom every day for use with my cellphone and occasionally for music. But lately, the neckloop cables don’t last very long: they’ll bloat and swell with fluid, and eventually the outer sheath gets a hole in it, and a green goo slowly leaks out and gets on my shirts. I’m now at 5 months since I had the last one replaced, and it’s time to send it in to Phonak again. The goo is thick and oily in texture, though whether it’s oil or silicone or what, I can’t say. I’m guessing the green is from the copper wire corroding.
Does anybody else have this happen? Does anybody know what causes it? My best guess is that it has something to do with outdoor activity; I bicycle a lot. Perhaps it’s sun, or sweat, or water related? Once in a while, I get caught in heavy rain while riding-- the iCom itself stays relatively dry and never cuts out from having water infiltration, like the hearing aids sometimes do.
I’ve also had trouble with the cable hardening; once it just cracked and broke into two pieces. But that hasn’t been a problem with the last couple of replacement cables. I seem to remember there was a design change in the cables at some point, maybe that has something to do with it.