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Advantages of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Advantages of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

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Terri Ellert, HIS

Terri has been in practice as a Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist for the past 11 years and is a co-founder of the Hearing Centers of Arizona.
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Hearing aid technology is constantly evolving, becoming more efficient and user friendly. They certainly have come a long way since its early days of your grandparent’s hearing aids. Hearing aids are getting more convenient to use, with added features and functions to support everyday life and work. One of the significant technological strides made in recent years is the rechargeable hearing aid.

The Rise of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

While rechargeable hearing aid technology has been around for a while, due to problems with battery technology, it was only ever seen as a novelty until recently. The development and introduction of lithium-ion batteries have changed the game. These batteries last for longer periods than their predecessors and rarely need replacing.

It’s undeniable that rechargeable hearing aids provide incredible convenience. While traditional hearing aids have worked well for millions of people over the years, the benefits of hearing aids superseded the task of continually changing old zinc-air disposable batteries. Depending on your hearing aid model and level of usage, your old disposable battery will need to be changed every three to ten days. Most hearing aids give you a signal when the battery is about to die but this can come without a warning in an inconvenient situation. The choice remains between having to change out batteries or simply charging up your hearing aids and this is a choice that many users will be able to make pretty easily. All hearing aids need a power source; however, weak batteries can create as much trouble as not having a hearing aid in at all. Some on the benefits of rechargeable hearing aids are so beneficial once you switch over, you’ll never want to go back.

No Extra Costs

Hearing aid users might spend up to $100 per year on disposable batteries, especially if they use them regularly. Once you switch to rechargeable batteries you will no longer have to deal with the hassle of buying hearing aid batteries, combined with the shipping or gas used to get them.

With rechargeable hearing aids, there is no need for online purchases or trips to the pharmacy.  You simply recharge your hearing aid every night.

Always Prepared

When you plug your phone in every night, you’re less likely to forget and wake up with a dead phone. Your phone is also more likely to last through the day if you charge it the night before.

Rechargeable hearing aids work in a similar way. Plug your hearing aids in every night and wake up knowing you will have a charge that will usually last you the entire day.  If extreme usage conditions do drain your battery rest assured that you can bring a portable charging station with you where ever you go for those rare emergencies. Disposable zinc-air batteries don’t offer the same protection. They can run out anytime, with little warning beforehand. If you don’t carry backup batteries, you might be left without hearing aids.

Don’t Get Caught Out in the Cold

Zinc-air batteries struggle to function properly in cold weather. Lack of moisture and low temperature quickly drains these batteries. Lithium-ion batteries suffer little to no loss in cold weather, making them more efficient than both zinc-air and lead-acid batteries.

Environmental Safety

How many disposable batteries at this point have you had to put in the landfill? While it’s important to note that lithium-ion batteries must be properly disposed of when you get rid of your hearing aids, they can also be recharged thousands of times.

Better for Elder Users

Disposable batteries are also small, making them easy to drop and lose sight of. For many older wearers this can become an extra challenge that keeps many from wearing their much-needed hearing aids.  Not only that but it’s a pain to keep up with ordering and replacing batteries for just about anyone regardless of age. 

Take the Leap Today

If you’re interested in rechargeable hearing aids and think you might benefit from them, you might be curious about how to make the switch, and what type of hearing aid to choose. While many hearing aid manufacturers now offer hearing aids that use lithium-ion batteries, contact us at Hearing Centers of Arizona to find what model are right for you and your lifestyle.

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