Friday, 3rd February 2017
These days, some manufacturers are offering cutting-edge hearing aids equipped with rechargeable batteries. These hearing aids no longer require regular battery replacement and are more affordable than conventional hearing aids. Rechargeable hearing aids offer an auditory performance that’s identical to their non-rechargeable version and possess several other benefits that might be interesting to know about before choosing your equipment.
Equipped with a simple charger, rechargeable hearing aids are very practical. The user is freed from tedious tasks such as procuring the batteries, controlling the level on them, or replacing them. You just have to put the device in the charger at the end of the day so that it recharges automatically during the night. The device automatically shuts off when connected to the charger, which saves people with vision problems, difficulty manipulating small objects, or arthritis a lot of trouble. Indeed, turning a hearing aid on and off and changing the battery aren’t so easy for a visually impaired person or someone who has problems manipulating small objects.
During the charge, the diodes blink green. But once the battery is recharged – that is to say, after 3 to 5 hours, depending on the model – the lights turn off and the dehumidification cycle begins. This process helps maintain your device by avoiding condensation issues during use. A 30-minute fast charging mode also lets you recharge your hearing aid for 6 to 7 hours of use.
At a time when everyone is trying to limit their impact on the environment, using a rechargeable hearing aid is a real green gesture. It helps reduce the waste generated by using disposable batteries. New rechargeable hearing aids are equipped with lithium-ion batteries (like cell phones, for example), which guarantees their reliability and durability.
Rechargeable hearing aids are more affordable than conventional hearing aids that consume batteries. It’s estimated that the cost of disposable batteries can reach up to $100 per year depending on the model and the power. Saving this sum largely softens the blow of the small surcharge associated with the charger when purchasing a hearing aid: the equipment pays for itself in under two years.
Since rechargeable hearing aids first appeared on the market a decade ago, the technology has significantly progressed, and today, there are hearing aids that can operate for 24 hours*, a duration perfectly suited to everyone, especially very active people. With a rechargeable hearing aid, you’re no longer at risk of losing power right in the middle of the day and finding yourself in an embarrassing situation during a conversation or meeting.
Developments in hearing aid technology and the appearance of rechargeable hearing aids are a real breakthrough for hearing impaired people. Practical, economical, and eco-friendly, rechargeable hearing aids offer benefits and an ease of use so significant that they should gradually replace battery-operated hearing aids.
*Expected results after a full charge and up to 80 minutes of wireless transmission time.
* The hearing aids illustrated on this page may not fit your needs. An evaluation by an Audioprosthetist is required to determine the type of aid best suited for your type of hearing loss.