Advantages of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Advantages of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

In Ear Health, Hearing Aids by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A
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Hearing aids come with a wide variety of features and options today, and you might feel overwhelmed by the possibilities. When you start to look around at hearing aids, the list of features grows and grows, and it can be difficult to sift through the many options you find. When it comes to your aids, you will want to begin by making sure that the devices are suited to your individual case of hearing loss. Not all hearing aids are equipped to give you the sonic profile you need, and this consideration can help limit the playing field. Our hearing health professionals are here to offer you a few options for the models that are suited to your needs. If you find that among these appropriate hearing aids you have the choice between replaceable batteries and rechargeable batteries, there are a few considerations to weigh before making your decision. Although there are some advantages to both types of hearing aids, the industry has shifted its emphasis toward rechargeable batteries. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages you will find, as well as the considerations to remember when you make your selection of hearing aids. 

Replaceable vs. Rechargeable Batteries

Hearing aids come in many styles, shapes, and sizes, each with a different profile of features and limitations to consider. Among the many differences between aids, one of the most basic has to do with battery life. When your batteries run out of power, how do you get back in business? Replaceable batteries need to be manually removed and replaced with a fresh battery. When you insert that new battery, it will last for a while at full functionality. The life of that battery depends on the amount of time you use your aids, so you will need to plan to have a battery replacement on hand if you find that they are weakening when you’re out and about. Rechargeable batteries, on the other hand, need to be plugged into a charging dock to get back in operation. Much like your devices such as a smartphone, computer, or tablet, this rechargeable battery can be re-powered again and again. Many people plug their hearing aids into a charging dock overnight so that they can have a day full of use without worrying about a dying battery. 

Benefits of Rechargeable Aids

Although replaceable batteries can sometimes hold a charge a bit longer than rechargeable batteries, on the whole there are more benefits to rechargeable models. In the first place, replacing batteries can become costly. Although each battery is not too expensive, those who consistently wear their hearing aids every day will find that the cost adds up over time. Rechargeable batteries don’t require this ongoing additional cost. Those who have problems with manual dexterity or arthritis often find that rechargeable hearing aids are the way to go. Replacing a battery in a hearing aid often requires manipulating tiny components, such as the battery door and the battery itself. Some models even require you to use a tool to unlock the battery chamber, meaning that you need to work with tiny components that can be fiddly. In addition to these personal benefits, rechargeable batteries create less waste, and old batteries should be recycled responsibly. Finding a recycling center for your old batteries can be a hassle. If you are concerned about recharging your batteries on the go, then you can even get a portable charging dock that carries its own charge without needing to be plugged into the wall. This portable unit is particularly useful for those who like to travel or go camping for an extended time. Charging docks can sometimes plug into the cigarette lighter of your car for use on the go. 

When the time comes to get a new pair of hearing aids, keep these advantages of rechargeable batteries in mind. Among the many features and functions that are available to you, this element tends to make life easier. A simple overnight charge is enough to keep your hearing aids fully functional throughout the day, much like your smartphone or computer. If you have questions about the other dynamics of battery life in your new hearing aids, don’t hesitate to contact one of our hearing health professionals for more information