Rechargeable Hearing Aids: Do They Really Work?

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If you’re planning to get your own hearing aid, it’s important to know all of the ins and outs of the different types. There are a lot of different kids, all varying in capabilities and technology. The main focus of this is the battery type that they use. Of course, all hearing aids are battery-powered, but not all of them are rechargeable. The reason this is so important is because of the level of care you would need to give each device.

If you want your hearing aid to last for a longer time, learning how to care for them is vital to increasing their lifespan. If you’re careless with them, you’ll find yourself draining or wearing the batteries, causing them to last for shorter durations at a time in between recharges or battery replacements.

The Difference in Battery Type

When it comes to choosing the kind of hearing aid you want, knowing what the main differences are is important. Like mentioned earlier, the kind of battery you’re using will change how you have to treat them, as some hearing aids will require you to change their batteries, while others will have you recharge them with the station that is supplied with them.

Non-Rechargeable 

Naturally, the hearing aid that requires batteries will come with rechargeable batteries, so you won’t need to buy ones once they’ve run out. With that said, it can be a pain to mess around with the batteries, because you have to manually remove them each time you want to recharge them, and they’re quite small.

Sometimes when you charge these batteries for too long, it can wear down the overall battery life span, which is quite troublesome to deal with. It’s a lot to worry about, and eventually, you’ll need to switch them out with a new set. It’s not too much of a difficulty but can be a bit of an inconvenience if you don’t have any handy at the time.

Rechargeable

Rechargeable hearing aids on the other hand come with a battery that stays within the device and will never need to be taken out. The battery will still need to be recharged but can be done with charging equipment that’s provided with the hearing aids. It’s easy to use and can simply be placed on the charging station whenever you’re not using them to keep them topped off.

Thanks to them being so easy to recharge, you can get as much use out of them as you want. You won’t have the thought in your mind that you’ll need to replace the batteries soon, and that you should hold off on using them so much – you can simply use away and then put them on the charging station when you’re done for another full charge. You can charge them every night if you feel it’s necessary, and that way you’ll never run out of charge at all.

Overall Benefits

Rechargeable hearing aids work just as well as non-rechargeable hearing aids, if not better. There are a lot of benefits to having a set of your own, and you may find them very beneficial to your life as far as convenience is concerned.

Less Waste

When the time comes to replace your batteries on your non-rechargeable hearing aids, it can be difficult to get rid of the batteries sometimes, and that’s not something you’re going to have to worry about with your built-in ones.

Convenience

As mentioned before, it can be annoying to mess around with the small batteries that are within your hearing aid, and it’s very easy to drop them and lose them if you’re not careful enough. That’s not something you have to worry about. On top of that, you can charge them nightly, eliminating the chance of running out of power.

Things to Consider

While other hearing aids can simply have their batteries replaced when the battery is no longer any good, it’s not so simple with rechargeable ones. The lithium battery that’s built-in to the hearing aid won’t be so easily replaced and if the battery is no good – it’s likely that the hearing aid itself needs to be replaced. Not to worry though, as your hearing instrument specialist (HIS) can get you sorted with a new one in no time.

If you would like to know more about rechargeable hearing aids, you can call Audio Hearing Aid Service at (330) 754-4449 or (330) 440-0018. Even if they’re just small questions, don’t hesitate to call in and ask away!