Hearing aids need power to run, which can come from either disposable button batteries or rechargeable batteries. With millions of batteries going into the trash each year, rechargeable batteries may seem like the better option. But are they worth it?
Understanding Rechargeable Batteries
Unlike traditional button battery-powered hearing aids, devices built with rechargeable batteries do not require regular removal. Rather than removing the batteries when they are dead or dying, rechargeable hearing aids need to be placed in their charging dock overnight. This is similar to how your recharge your cellphone.
Hearing aids are designed to work with a certain type and style of battery. If your hearing aid runs on size 13 orange battery, you cannot simply place a rechargeable battery in your hearing aid that is the right size. If you are interested in a rechargeable hearing aid, speak with your audiologist about upgrading your device.
Pros and Cons of Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Like most things in life, there are both benefits and disadvantages to rechargeable hearing aids. Review the list below in order to make the best decision for your needs.
Disadvantages of Rechargeable Batteries
Rechargeable hearing aids are not ideal for those who has an active lifestyle that does not provide them time or access to recharge their device. Someone who is an avid hiker, for instance, may not have access to a wall charger when hiking Hopkins Wilderness Park and would benefit more from the ability to pop in a new set of batteries when needed.
While more and more manufactures are creating rechargeable hearing aids, they are still only available in a few styles. Most rechargeable hearing aids are offered as a behind-the-ear or receiver-in-the-ear model.
Benefits of Rechargeable Batteries
The pros of purchasing a rechargeable hearing aid often outweigh the cons. These hearing aids typically have a longer shelf life, are safer for children and are easier to handle. In addition, though hearing aids with rechargeable batteries often have more expensive initial costs, this usually evens out over time as users do not need to purchase additional batteries.
To learn more about if rechargeable hearing aids may be right for you or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, contact Torrance Audiology today.