There are many advantages to using rechargeable batteries with your hearing aids; they have a long shelf life, are safer for children and are easier to handle than traditional disposable batteries. People with dexterity issues may prefer rechargeable hearing aids because disposable batteries are typically small with difficult packaging that can make changing batteries a frustrating process.
Rechargeable lithium ion batteries can hold a charge for up to 30 hours and can last up to 5 years while traditional disposable batteries need to be changed in as little as days, depending on the hearing aid model.
While some people like rechargeable hearing aids there are some disadvantages. Rechargeable hearing aids can have an additional cost associated with them, including the charging unit and there are fewer hearing aid styles that work with this type of battery. Also, having to recharge a battery on a dock each evening can be a hindrance for some users.
There are three types of rechargeable hearing aid batteries: nickel-metal hydride batteries, silver-zinc batteries, and lithium-ion batteries.
Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) Rechargeable Batteries have been used in hearing aids for over a decade. These batteries typically don’t last long before needing a charge and sometimes cannot operate for a full day. These batteries usually need to be replaced annually.
Silver-Zinc Rechargeable Batteries have enough power for a full day of continuous use on a single charge. Because these batteries are removable, you can swap them out while another set of batteries is charging. These non-toxic batteries are recyclable and need to be replaced annually.
Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Batteries are most known for powering mobile phones, tablets and medical devices. They deliver enough power for 24 hours of continuous use for hearing aids. Lithium-ion batteries are non-removable because they contain toxic components but sealing them into the hearing aid device protects the battery and the consumer.
Purchasing your hearing aid(s) is an essential first step for those that need them. However, there are hearing aid accessories available to custom fit your specific lifestyle needs and improve your hearing quality.
If you’ve worn hearing aids for some time, you know how inconvenient it is to have your aids run out of battery life. There are hearing aid chargers available that offer faster charging capabilities, giving you more up time and less down time.
These types of transmitters work seamlessly with current televisions, so you’re streaming the audio straight from the TV to your hearing device. No more trouble hearing the audio from your favorite TV shows and movies.
What can’t a smartphone do these days? Smartphones can now pair with Bluetooth capable hearing aid accessories. Anything from watching videos and streaming music to phone calls and even finding your hearing aids is now an option.
Not all environments need the same hearing device settings. Which is why this hearing aid accessory is great for those who often move between different situations, from phone calls to watching television or having in-person conversations. This remote enables you to easily switch between settings as you move from one hearing situation to another.
This is a popular accessory to pair with your hearing aids. These microphones are usually clip-ons and/or able to stand on their own to amplify the sounds around you. This is great for those consistently in ambient-nose filled areas or when you need to hear crucial conversations in a meeting or group setting.