Today’s hearing devices are smaller, sleeker and more technology-packed than ever before. One of the most popular features of newer hearing aids is rechargeability. Below are some of the most valuable benefits of rechargeable devices that may convince you to make the switch.
No Additional Cost
When it comes to rechargeable hearing aids, you don’t have any added expense once you pay the sticker price. Users of hearing aids that take disposable zinc-air batteries spend around $100 per year on batteries alone, but for those who enjoy streaming music or video to their devices, this cost is even greater.
Rechargeable devices also save you the hassle of extra trips to the store for replacement batteries, and shipping costs if you order online.
Reduced Risk of Running Out of Juice
You likely already store your hearing aids conveniently near your bed as part of your nightly routine. When you make the switch to rechargeable hearing aids, you can make the charger their new home. This ensures that when you wake up, you have a full 19-21 hours of continuous use, unlike disposable batteries which can run out any time with little warning. If you spend a lot of your day streaming or accidentally forget to charge your devices overnight, a quick 30-minute charge can provide up to six hours of more listening time.
Better in Cold Weather
If you live in a cold climate, you probably know that zinc-air batteries have a hard time functioning properly in cold weather. Lack of moisture and low temperatures cause batteries to drain quickly and cause problems with sound quality. Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are unaffected by cold weather, making them a superior choice.
Maybe you’ve already made the switch to reusable grocery bags and straws. The next step in reducing your environmental footprint could be to switch from disposable batteries to rechargeables. Lithium-ion batteries last as long as your hearing aids – about five years – and are properly disposed of by your audiologist when you make the switch.
Better for Older Users
Elderly hearing aid wearers have a difficult time making regular trips to the store to buy new batteries and may have dexterity issues when it comes to opening the battery compartment and swapping them out. Rechargeable hearing aids solve both these problems, as the user only has to set them in their charging case at night.
For more information about rechargeable hearing aids or to schedule an appointment, call the experts at Oregon Ear, Nose and Throat.