Rechargeable Hearing Aids
A recent Consumer Reports survey showed that 53 percent of hearing aid wearers find rechargeability to be an essential hearing aid feature. This preference for rechargeability should not come as a surprise, with the average hearing aid wearer having to change their batteries 120 times a year, and hearing aid users already enjoying such technology on their smartphones, tablets and laptop computers.
Rechargeable hearing aids have grown massively in popularity in the last few years, down in no small part by the emergence of rechargeable lithium-ion technology.
This technology creates energy by moving lithium ions from a negative to a positive electrode within a battery cell. It has achieved a high level of use in consumer products because it is lightweight, low maintenance, and has a high battery capacity, which allows prolonged use after a short charge cycle. This is the rechargeable technology already being used in mobile phones, headphones, and tablets.
Lithium-ion technology means you can say goodbye to replacing hearing aid batteries. You reuse the same battery with these rechargeable hearing aids and place it in the charger at the end of the day.
Benefits of rechargeable hearing aids
Here are some of the critical benefits of the use of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in hearing aids:
Easier to handle and operate. Hearing loss is the third most common medical disorder among older Americans, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Age-related health conditions and diseases that numb the fingertips and decrease dexterity, such as arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, and Parkinson’s disease, may render it a very difficult – and often painful – task to open battery packages, reach the battery compartment and place the battery into the compartment.
Rechargeable hearing aids will boost the quality of life for these wearers because there’s no need to handle small batteries every few days. They pop their devices into the charger and wake up to freshly charged batteries in the morning.
Convenience: Modern hearing aids, like Bluetooth streaming and binaural communication, are loaded with sophisticated technology and highly taxing (aka battery draining) features. The new rechargeable hearing aids are designed to accommodate wireless streaming hours from your computer, TV, or other devices — a feature known to drain the charge significantly from its disposable equivalents. Lithium-ion cells, luckily, have a good reputation for providing efficient, long runtimes — anywhere from 19-24 hours — even under highly challenging conditions.
More environmentally friendly: Every year, around 1.4 billion disposable hearing aid batteries are dumped in landfills. And, in three years, two standard hearing aids will use an average of 300 batteries. Compare that with rechargeable hearing aid batteries, which will often last for the service life of the hearing aid.
Often cheaper overall. Users of hearing aids may spend up to $100 on disposable batteries each year. You may be putting down even more if you stream music or video frequently when using your hearing aids. There is also the hassle of purchasing batteries for hearing aids, the extra delivery costs, or the gas used to get them when you suddenly run out. There is also no need for online orders, visits to the pharmacy, or additional expenses when you use rechargeable hearing aids. The batteries are built into the hearing aid and can be recharged repeatedly.
Increased peace of mind: When wearing a hearing aid with a disposable battery, there’s always the concern that their hearing aid battery will fail at an inopportune time — which could easily ruin an otherwise fun social occasion. Since hearing aids with rechargeable batteries are charged every night, wearers don’t have to wonder if their batteries will last the entire day.
Long shelf life: Many rechargeable batteries on the shelf today are covered by a reliable, high-quality seal that guarantees the battery doesn’t dry or drain prematurely — a possibility with zinc-air cells. Plus, rechargeable batteries are more capable of withstanding harsh temperatures and environments, according to studies.
How long do rechargeable hearing aids last?
Li-ion batteries are sealed inside the hearing aid and are usually only accessible by the hearing aids’ manufacturer. These are said to last from 4 to 5 years before needing to be replaced. Conveniently, this is about the same amount of time hearing professionals recommend using a hearing aid before returning it.
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