When looking for a new hearing aid, one of the first questions people ask is: Does it have a rechargeable battery? Rechargeable batteries have quickly become one of the most in-demand features available on hearing aids. While this technology has only been around for a few years, it’s now offered with many child and adult behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids. Since so many things in our lives are powered by rechargeable batteries – including cell phones, laptops, gaming consoles, toothbrushes and even electric vehicles – it only makes sense that our hearing aids use them, too.
If you’re thinking about getting rechargeable hearing aids, here are some of the top benefits you can look forward to.
Most standard hearing aids use zinc-air batteries. On average, they last about 10 days before they have to be replaced. The smaller sizes can provide an even shorter useful life. Because of this, hearing aid wearers go through dozens of packs every year. Not only is this an extra expense every month, but it also sends billions of used batteries to landfills. Rechargeable batteries, on the other hand, can last years without having to be replaced.
Hearing aids are purposefully designed to be small and easy to wear. That means the batteries are very small, too. In fact, disposable zinc-air batteries are smaller than a coin. So if you’re someone who experiences vision or dexterity challenges and struggles to change batteries, rechargeable batteries are an excellent alternative.
Once your hearing aids are fully charged, you can feel confident leaving the house. Some models hold a charge for 20 hours or more. While streaming music and videos can drain the battery life faster, you can still get plenty of use out of them before it’s time to charge them at the end of the day.
When you do need to charge your hearing aids, it’s just as simple as plugging in your cell phone. The devices come with a small charging station that you can keep on your nightstand for easy access. Some units are actually portable for on-the-go charging
There are a couple of different types of rechargeable batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are probably the most common. They’re the same kind found in smartphones and laptops. Because they last so long, they’re sealed inside the hearing aids. Other types, however, like silver-zinc batteries, are not sealed and can be taken out. This is especially useful if you don’t have access to electricity. You can insert disposable batteries and the hearing aids will function just the same until you can get to a power outlet.
Interested in rechargeable hearing aids? They’re available in a variety of sizes and hearing levels to accommodate your individual needs. Plus, they’re just as capable at helping you hear as non-rechargeable models. Make an appointment at Colonna Audiology today to learn more about rechargeable hearing aid options and all the benefits they have to offer.