Rechargeable Hearing Aids vs. Disposable Batteries

Choosing the Right Hearing Aid Battery for Your Lifestyle & Budget
Last update on Jan, 30, 2024

Hearing aids can be a lifeline for anyone living with hearing loss. They help us communicate and navigate the world around us. However, standard disposable batteries that power these devices can create unnecessary stress and hassle.

For this reason, rechargeable hearing aids have emerged as a convenient alternative. You no longer need to worry about running out of batteries or remembering to order new ones. Instead, you can charge your hearing aids overnight, and they'll be ready to go in the morning.

In this article, we'll delve into the technology that powers rechargeable hearing aids and compare it to traditional battery options. We'll also explore how a hearing care provider can assist you in choosing the right device to keep you going without ever missing a beat.

What Are Rechargeable Hearing Aids?

Rechargeable hearing aids are designed for wearers to charge and use daily, eliminating the need to replace disposable batteries frequently.

Rechargeable batteries are typically built into your hearing aids so you can charge them like wireless earbuds using a docking station, charger case or USB cable.

How They Work

Rechargeable hearing aids are powered by Lithium-ion batteries, which are the same type of batteries found in smartphones and other electronic devices.

  • Your hearing aids will give you a warning signal when the batteries are low.
  • When your hearing aid batteries run low, you'll need to place them into their charging station connected to a power source.
  • Read all manufacturer's instructions carefully to ensure you insert the hearing aids correctly to begin the charging process.
  • Remember that the charging time may vary depending on the model and how much charge is left in the battery.

Once charged, the hearing aids can be used for several hours or even days, depending on the model and your usage.

Some manufacturers recommend charging your hearing aids every night, so talk to your hearing care provider if you have questions or need tips on properly caring for and maintaining hearing aids.

Benefits of Recharging Your Hearing Aids

With rechargeable hearing aids, you don't need to worry about carrying spare batteries or running out of power at an inconvenient time. You can simply charge your hearing aids overnight and be ready in the morning.

 

In addition to their convenience, let's review a few other noteworthy benefits:

 

Cost Effective

Rechargeable hearing aids provide better cost savings in the long run. While the initial cost may be slightly higher than disposable battery-powered hearing aids, you will save money long-term by not having to purchase new batteries constantly.

Use More. Waste Less.

By opting for rechargeable batteries over disposable ones and using them regularly, you can significantly reduce the amount of batteries that end up in landfills and the resources it takes to produce them.

Easy to Maintain

Like any smart device, you can easily recharge your hearing aids at home, in the car, or wherever there's a nearby power source. You also don't need to worry about bringing extra batteries on the go or dealing with corrosion caused by battery leaks.

Long Lasting

As mentioned, rechargeable hearing aids use lithium-ion batteries, which have a longer lifespan and charging capacity than one-time use batteries.

Depending on the brand you choose, your hearing aids may also be equipped with power-saving features that help extend battery life, such as mobile notifications that you're running low, automatic shut-off, or low-power modes.

Other Types of Hearing Aid Batteries

There are different types of disposable hearing aid batteries available on the market, which are classified by size and color. Starting from the smallest size to the largest, the most common types of hearing aid batteries include:

  • Size 10 (yellow)
  • Size 312 (brown)
  • Size 13 (orange)
  • Size 675 (blue)

Each battery size is designed to fit different hearing aids, and their lifespan can vary depending on factors such as the hearing aid model, battery capacity, and usage.

Typically, disposable hearing aid batteries can last anywhere from three days to seven days, depending on how frequently the hearing aids are used and the amount of power required.

It's important to keep spare batteries on hand and to monitor the battery level regularly to avoid running out of power at an inconvenient time.

Considering Making the Switch?

If you're interested in rechargeable hearing aids, you'll need to consult a hearing care professional who can provide you with a comprehensive hearing evaluation. From there, your hearing care provider will help you identify the best type of hearing aid based on your specific needs, considering important factors such as the degree of your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget.

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