All hearing aids have a power source which allows the device to run. Hearing aids are charged by disposable or rechargeable batteries. Disposable batteries have been the standard but with innovations in technology, a rechargeable battery is becoming more common and preferred. Hearing aids that are powered with disposable batteries require consistent swapping out of batteries which tend to have a shorter life-span. In contrast, a rechargeable battery is both more economical and sustainable. Many of today’s hearing aids are built with a rechargeable battery, which offers several benefits.
How Rechargeable Hearing Aids Work
Many of the electronic devices we use today are equipped with a built-in rechargeable battery – smartphones, reading tablets, laptops etc. This allows the device to be plugged into a charging unit which charges the battery. This gets rid of the need for disposable batteries which can be a hassle. A rechargeable battery also allows people to carry their charging unit and charge on the go which adds to convenience.
If you currently have a hearing aid that utilizes disposable batteries, but would like to swap this out for a rechargeable option (using the same hearing aid), it can be tough to do so. Your best bet is to discuss your options with your hearing healthcare provider who may suggest investing in a new hearing aid powered with a rechargeable battery.
Benefits of Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Rechargeable hearing aids offer several benefits that may make them a better fit for you compared to devices operated by disposable batteries. A few benefits include the following:
- Longer battery life: rechargeable batteries are made using lithium-ion which can last up to 30 hours before needing to be recharged. Rechargeable batteries can also last up to 5 years before needing to be replaced. This is different from disposable batteries which need to be regularly replaced – from every few days or week. Having a longer battery life also allows wearers to not have to constantly worry about needing new batteries or needing to always charge their hearing aid.
- Sustainable: A rechargeable hearing aid also means that you do not have to always buy disposable batteries. Not only does this provide cost savings but it is sustainable and better for the environment as it contributes to less waste.
- Easy to use: with a rechargeable battery, all you have to do to charge your hearing aid is plug it in. This is much easier compared to using disposable batteries. People have to stock up on batteries and entering these into a tiny compartment can be frustrating. You can drop the battery or struggle to squeeze it in. Whereas with a rechargeable hearing aid, you avoid all of this hassle.
- Safer: disposable batteries can be potentially hazardous and need to be kept out of the reach of children as well as pets whereas a rechargeable battery doesn’t carry the same risks.
Rechargeable hearing aids are becoming increasingly common. This aligns with much of the technology and the devices we use today which also run using rechargeable batteries.
Today’s Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Many of today’s hearing aids offer a rearcherable battery option. A few of the latest models include:
Phonak: latest hearing aids include the Naída Paradise and Lyric. The Naída Paradise uses Phonak’s PRISM processing chip which is embedded with Bluetooth technology and several industry leading features like tap controls, noise cancellation features, rechargeable battery and more. The Lyric is the world’s first invisible hearing aid. It can be worn 24/7 and is the smallest type of hearing aid available.
Widex: the Widex Moment which utilizes the WidexPureSound, technology that processes speech quicker and enhances sound quality. The Moment also features Widex’s SoundSense Learn technology which uses machine learning technology to program settings that are optimal in specific types of environments.
Starkey: one of Starkey’s latest devices is the Livio. This is the first hearing aid to use artificial intelligence and integrated sensors to provide physical activity-tracking features. It also offers Bluetooth connectivity, tap controls, and a rechargeable battery.
These hearing aids are among several of the industry’s latest devices which all offer a rechargeable battery. Contact us to learn more about this option and the technologies that can best support your hearing health.