Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Most people are familiar with the tiny batteries that come with hearing aids -- or should we say, used to come with hearing aids? These batteries were finicky and difficult to change, especially for people who might have suffered from vision or joint problems or other mobility conditions. The batteries were also expensive to replace every so often.
Rechargeable hearing aids offer respite from those finicky button-cell batteries. To recharge them, simply slip the hearing aid into its cradle or case at bedtime.
Rechargeable hearing aids aren't brand new. In fact, Signia, formerly Siemens, made them before 2017. Those batteries, however, were nickel hydride batteries. More recent rechargeable hearing aids use lithium-ion batteries just like those in smartphones and computers. These batteries represent an improvement over the older styles. The batteries last up to 30 hours per charge and three years over their lifetime. However, lithium-ion batteries are not as easy to use as rechargeable hearing aids.
Enter silver-zinc batteries, which can be recharged for use up to 24 hours. The power pack has a lifespan of one year and can be replaced. Another benefit of this battery system, also known as Z-Power, is that traditional hearing aid batteries can be swapped in when no rechargeable ones are available.
Buying Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Brands that make rechargeable hearing aids include Signia, Oticon, Phonak, Resound, Starkey, Unitron, and Widex.
Although rechargeable hearing aids and batteries may have a higher upfront cost, the cost evens out over the lifetime, especially when you consider that a person may have to buy more than 500 single-use batteries over the life of a hearing aid.
Modern hearing aids come with many more features than simply the ability to be recharged, however. Many can connect directly to smartphones, tablets, and computers, or intermediary devices that work with televisions via Bluetooth. This allows the user to manage their hearing aid from their phone, to stream audio, or to view more information about the battery status. Some can even relieve symptoms of tinnitus and play FM radio directly.
When users upgrade to rechargeable and "smart" hearing aids, they often find these devices to be convenient and more functional than any hearing aid they've used in the past. Once you're comfortable using all the features of rechargeable hearing aids, you’ll never want to go back! Shop with Online Hearing today for hearing devices with a rechargeable option.