Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Rechargeable hearing aids are quickly becoming a popular choice due to their convenience. Traditional hearing aid batteries need to be replaced every few days which can cause issues if you run out of batteries or have dexterity issues.
While rechargeable hearing aids have been around for many years in different formats, only recently have some of the major manufacturers embraced the technology and released rechargeable devices that can finally meet consumer expectations.
Types of Rechargeable Hearing Aids
There are two main types of rechargeable devices on the market today.
- Lithium-Ion batteries are the same style of batteries that are used in mobile phones and are completely sealed within the device. Both Phonak and Signia currently offer Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries.
- Silver-Zinc rechargeable are devices which use Silver-Zinc batteries which look like regular hearing aid batteries but are rechargeable. The advantage of Silver-Zinc batteries is that they can be replaced with regular batteries if you are in a place with no power. Unitron currently offer Silver Zinc rechargeable hearing aids.
Phonak Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Phonak currently offers rechargeable hearing aids in their Belong range. Phonak says that the battery life for their rechargeable devices lasts for 24 hours on a 3 hour charge. They also have the ability to give 6 hours of use one a quick 30 minute charge.
The Phonak Rechargeable devices are available in two formats,RIC with the Audeo range and the slightly larger BTE with the Bolero Range.
Signia Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Like Phonak, Signia offers lithium Ion rechargeable devices in the Cellion Primax range. They offer a 24 hours of usage on a full charge and uses a unique contactless, inductive charging dock.
Unitron Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Unlike the other two manufacturers, Unitron offers their rechargeable hearing aids with Silver Zinc batteries and it’s currently the worlds smallest rechargeable hearing aids.
What are the advantages of rechargeable hearing aids?
|Lithium Ion Advantages||Silver Zinc Advantages|
|24 hours of use on a full charge.||24 hours of use on a full charge.|
|Ease of use, simply place your hearing aids on the charger at night and wake up to a full charge.||Ease of use, simply place your hearing aids on the charger at night and wake up to a full charge.|
|Lithium Ion battery compartments are sealed which means they can be more durable and resistant to the elements.||Silver Zinc batteries can be swapped out with regular batteries.|
|Silver zinc batteries are smaller then lithium Ion which means smaller devices.|
|Silver Zinc batteries are non toxic and fully recyclable|
How much do rechargeable hearing aids cost?
|Unitron||Unitron Moxi™ Fit R||$1,650|
|Signia||Signia Cellion Primax||$3,450|
Are they better then regular batteries?
Rechargeable devices are finally at a point where it’s worth seriously considering them over regular batteries. The current devices offering 24 hours of use which means that you can simply drop them in their charger at night and wake up to your devices fully charged and ready to use. The only real disadvantage of rechargeable devices is that you will need to replace the batteries when they no longer holder their charge, and with the sealed lithium ion batteries, this means you will need to either send them back to your audiologist or back to the manufacturer to replace them.