Rechargeable Hearing Aids
If you've used a hearing aid before, you're probably accustomed to using disposable batteries. These small batteries are mounted inside the hearing aid's battery door and provide power for several days.
However, there is now a range of rechargeable hearing aids on the market. To help you decide on whether they are right for you, let's take a closer look at how they work.
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Rechargeable hearing aids have batteries directly inside the hearing aid. These are not usually replaceable. Instead of taking the batteries out to replace them, what you need to do is put the whole hearing aid on the charger every night. This gives you a full day of power in the morning.
Lithium-ion technology is used in today's rechargeable hearing aid batteries, and these powerful batteries can provide a full day of power. If you run complicated programs to help you hear or stream audio all day long, the batteries have enough power to see you through the whole day.
Benefits of Lithium-ion Rechargeable Technology
The only battery you will need
Lithium-ion battery technology means hearing aids will continue to function for up to five years before replacement is required. This is around the average length of the use-life of a hearing aid.
That represents a significant upgrade compared to previous rechargeable battery systems. Earlier iterations of rechargeable batteries tended to last for only over a year. The first rechargeable hearing aid battery solution was based on silver metal nickel and only lasted six months. However, this longevity has increased as batteries with lithium-ion hearing aids appear to last the longest out of all new rechargeable technologies.
Better for those who find it hard to handle small devices
Hearing aids are becoming smaller, which is excellent for staying discreet, but it is a struggle for individuals with poor dexterity. If you have poor vision or low dexterity (arthritis with your finger), you may consider changing small batteries as an issue.
With rechargeable hearing aids, this is not a problem. All you have to do is you charge your hearing aid by plugging it in and leaving it at the nightstand.
Environmentally safe & friendly
When you wear two disposable battery-powered hearing aids, you throw two batteries away every few days or once a week. Since the battery is not recyclable, there is a chance that lead and acid might leak and make its way to underground water sources and, which would be an environmental hazard. By comparison, lithium-ion batteries will continue to work throughout the life of the hearing aid.
Settle into a predictable hearing aid routine
When you build a routine, you're less likely to get caught off guard. For example, when you plug your phone into each night, you're less likely to forget about it and wake up with a dead battery. The phone is also more likely to last through the day if you charge it the night before.
The same is true with rechargeable hearing aids. When you drop them into the charger before bedtime, you're less likely to encounter a completely dead battery the next day. Disposable zinc-air batteries do not provide the same protection - they could run out at any point, which means there is always the chance you will be caught out during a crucial event or conversation.
No extra charges
If you use disposable batteries, you'll have to account for all the batteries you'll use throughout the year. Over the lifespan of your hearing aid, the price of these batteries does add up. These additional costs do not extend to rechargeable hearing aids, and most rechargeable hearing aid batteries will last for around five years. Rechargeable hearing aids are a sound investment.
If you think you might benefit from rechargeable hearing aids, you might be curious about what kind of hearing aid to choose. Contact us at the Coastal Hearing Clinic to learn more about the options available to you.