In trying to decide what hearing aids are best for you one option you might consider is rechargeable hearing aids.
Like the name suggests, rechargeable hearing aids utilize rechargeable batteries instead of standard disposable batteries. In this post we will discuss the benefits and limitations of rechargeable hearing aids to help you decide if they are right for you.
Advantages of Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Convenience: Rechargeable hearing aids can go up to 30 hours without needing a charge. Additionally, each lithium-ion battery has a lifespan of about five years and silver zinc batteries one year, compared to standard batteries that last anywhere from three to 22 days. With rechargeable hearing aids you can go about your day without worrying if you have another battery with you in case your current one dies.
Also, if you are someone who has dexterity issues, rechargeable batteries might be an easier option because you will have to change out batteries less which are small and may be difficult to grip.
Environmentally friendly: Using a hearing aid with standard batteries can cause you to dispose of nearly 100 batteries per year. Because rechargeable batteries don’t have to be replaced nearly as frequently, they are disposed of at a much lower rate, and contribute to less waste.
Possible Limitations of Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Equipment Dependent: While rechargeable hearing aids mainly increase convenience by decreasing your dependence on additional batteries, if your charger or charge cord happen to break, or if you forget to pack them before your trip to Hawaii, you could be without the use of your hearing aid until the parts are repaired or replaced.
Less Style Variety: Because rechargeable hearing aids are newer, styles may be limited. However, as rechargeable hearing aids become more popular, manufacturers are likely to design new options.
Deciding What’s Best for You
The type of hearing aid you choose is personal, and there is no one right answer for everybody. The easiest way to find out what works best for you is to talk with your audiologist so they can walk you through all your options and help you make an informed decision.
To learn more about hearing aid options or to schedule a hearing test with an expert audiologist, call San Francisco Audiology today.