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Rechargeable Hearing Aids

 

Make Life Easier with Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Those with hearing loss are familiar with the struggles of disposable battery powered hearing aids. Many popular hearing aids to this day are still powered using disposable batteries and many of them require replacement of the batteries multiple times per month. However, the replacement of these batteries is no small dent in the wallet. Hearing aid users commonly spend over $100 per year on batteries alone which added up over the years is not only an enormous financial burden but also an enormous inconvenience and environmental burden.

Individuals with hearing aids powered by disposable batteries would need to order batteries online or pick them up at a store regularly. Not only that but the batteries that these hearing aids use are often found in the trash due to the inconvenience of dropping them off at an approved battery recycling facility. Additionally, in some small towns, such recycling facilities simply do not exist, resulting in an even greater burden. It seems like it was about time for hearing aids to be rechargeable.

Lease-To-Hear

Don’t let hearing loss slow you down. Our Lease-To-Hear package allow you to purchase a hearing device just right for you. Lease your hearing aids today and enjoy the sounds of life!

Some conditions apply. Ask for details.

Make Life Easier with Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Those with hearing loss are familiar with the struggles of disposable battery powered hearing aids. Many popular hearing aids to this day are still powered using disposable batteries and many of them require replacement of the batteries multiple times per month. However, the replacement of these batteries is no small dent in the wallet. Hearing aid users commonly spend over $100 per year on batteries alone which added up over the years is not only an enormous financial burden but also an enormous inconvenience and environmental burden.

Individuals with hearing aids powered by disposable batteries would need to order batteries online or pick them up at a store regularly. Not only that but the batteries that these hearing aids use are often found in the trash due to the inconvenience of dropping them off at an approved battery recycling facility. Additionally, in some small towns, such recycling facilities simply do not exist, resulting in an even greater burden. It seems like it was about time for hearing aids to be rechargeable.

Lease-To-Hear

Don’t let hearing loss slow you down. Our Lease-To-Hear package allow you to purchase a hearing device just right for you. Lease your hearing aids today and enjoy the sounds of life!

Some conditions apply. Ask for details.

The Rise of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

In late 2016, the long-awaited rechargeable hearing aids were finally made available to consumers. Although surveys conducted in the same year indicated that rechargeable hearing aids were preferred over disposable battery hearing aids, there were still several complaints. The initial rechargeable hearing aids required several charges throughout the day, unlike most mobile phones. Additionally, these hearing aids were often large and inconsistent in their behavior. Thankfully, over the past couple of years, hearing aid manufacturers have developed hearing aids to solve these problems.

Most of the rechargeable hearing aids available on the market this year provide 24 hours of use time before a recharge is required. Also, many of these hearing aids are smaller and less bulky in comparison to those available in 2016. However, due to the rise in development of the hearing care industry, there are many options, styles, and technologies available within these rechargeable hearing aids. There are different types of batteries, different features, and different sound qualities all at different price ranges. There are a variety of great products from companies like Phonak, Signia, ZPower, Widex, Opn, ReSound, and Starkey which can make it difficult to find the right option for you.

Are Rechargeable Hearing Aids Right for You?

Rechargeable hearing aids may not be right for everyone. However, there are a variety of reasons why hearing aid users choose rechargeable hearing aids over disposable battery powered hearing aids.

Pros of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Phonak hearing aid rechargeableThere are several high-quality models that are in the same price range as models that use disposable batteries. Additionally, many hearing aid professionals provide financial plans that make purchasing rechargeable hearing aids an enticing option. Although some disposable battery hearing aids may seem cheaper, they may actually require additional spending. Batteries will have to be purchased regularly and the amount spent will add up over the years. It is easy to look at the price of hearing aids and choose the cheaper option in the short-term but in the long term it may be a better option to recharge your hearing aids essentially for free.

Additionally, it is often difficult to replace the batteries in non-rechargeable hearing aids. Consumers with poor vision or dexterity (such those with as arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, or Parkinson’s disease) may struggle with replacing the small batteries several times throughout the month. Whereas with rechargeable hearing aids all that is required is that they are plugged into an outlet with a simple cable or placed on a recharging station.

Rechargeable batteries are the environmentally responsible choice for hearing aid users to make. Disposable batteries are a waste. Depending on the type of rechargeable hearing aid you choose, you may need to replace them once every year or two. In comparison, that is equivalent to over 500 disposable batteries in the same time period.

Cons of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Hearing aid batteriesThere are two main types of batteries that are found in rechargeable hearing aids on the market today: lithium-ion batteries and silver-zinc batteries. Silver-zinc batteries require replacement at least once a year. Although this requires additional cost down the road, the cost of an individual silver-zinc battery is cheap relative to disposable batteries and is certainly greener and better for the environment. Lithium-ion batteries on the other hand usually cannot be replaced by the hearing aid user and instead must be sent in to the manufacturer for replacement.

Lithium-ion batteries are toxic and poisonous to humans and animals. Consequently, lithium-ion batteries may present a hazard to children and house pets and should be stored in a safe location where the hearing aids cannot be ingested. Additionally, lithium-ion batteries are generally larger in size in comparison with disposable batteries or silver-zinc batteries. This means that the hearing aids themselves may be larger in size as well.

As with any electronic device, the more activity that the device is required to do, the more power it must consume in order to perform the activity. Therefore, if the rechargeable hearing aid contains Bluetooth technology and can be used to listen to and stream media, the hearing aids may not last the full day. The manufacturer Phonak has marketed their hearing aids to hold a 24-hour charge, but that may cut down to 14 hours if music is streamed for up to five hours. However, this is not usually a problem because individuals rarely listen to music for such extended periods of time.

Unlike mobile phones or other mobile devices like laptops or electronic notepads, hearing aids currently on the market cannot be used while they are charging. This means that if the hearing aids are out of battery, then the hearing aid user will be out of hearing until the devices are recharged.

Making the Decision

Due to the number of technological innovations and developments of the years, there has never been a better time to get hearing aids. With the variety of options available on the market there is bound to be a perfect option. Contact your hearing care professional to discuss rechargeable hearing aids and see which type is right for you.