If you have been using hearing aids for very long

You may be aware that hearing aid companies have been developing rechargeable solutions to replace disposable batteries. Prescott Hearing Center explains the current status and the future of rechargeable batteries for hearing aids.

Traditional disposable batteries

Known as zinc-air batteries, usually last 3-7 or 5-10 days (depending on the size of the battery).  Now that ear-to-ear and Bluetooth streaming is becoming a mainstay, the life span of these batteries has become considerably shorter.

Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries have been an improvement. 

They will last for about 15 hours in a hearing aid when no streaming is utilized.  These batteries may last for hundreds of cycles. This would not be bad for AAA or flashlight batteries, because they are not usually used continuously, but when charged every day for use in a hearing aid, these batteries will likely last less than a year. The cost of replacements is comparable to that of a zinc-air battery.

A newer development

Silver-zinc rechargeable batteries offer a better solution, but carry some of the weaknesses of the NiMH. 

Thankfully, there is a recent development in rechargeable hearing aid batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable batteries have a shorter charging time, are more reliable with extended Bluetooth streaming ability, and the charge lasts longer with 3-5 years before needing replacement.  Since the Lithium-ion technology has come to market, rechargeability in hearing aids is here to stay!

Benefits of rechargeable hearing aid batteries:

  • Charging is easier than ever: simply drop it in your charger.
  • Less chance of your hearing aid going out from a dead battery.
  • Longer lasting battery: No longer the need to worry about the expense of disposable hearing aid batteries or changing them often.
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • No more cumbersome batteries to replace.
  • Safer for people with children, grandchildren, or pets around.
  • 24 hours of continuous use: one charge overnight will give you up to an average of 24 hours use with up to 5 hours of streaming.

If you use hearing aids, you will love how the newest technology in rechargeable batteries can improve your life. If you have any questions about how lithium-ion hearing aid batteries may benefit you, call the experts at Prescott Hearing Center today at 928-899-8104.

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Prescott Hearing Center is located at 3108 Clearwater Drive, Suite B2, Prescott, AZ 86305.