Rechargeable batteries are becoming more and more common for hearing aid users as they allow the ability to reduce how many batteries they need to buy over their hearing aids’ lifetime. Technology has evolved in such a way that hearing aids are becoming more technologically advanced, and the introduction of rechargeable batteries is a welcome addition for many hearing aid wearers.

However, it is essential to know that not everyone will benefit from rechargeable batteries for their hearing aids. Discussing this with your ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor can help you determine the best battery for you to use to prolong the life of your hearing aid.

Disposable Batteries

A disposable hearing aid battery sits on the hearing aid inside a little compartment and is easily removable to allow you to change it when required. Disposable batteries usually last around two weeks, depending on usage and care.

Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries sit inside the hearing aid and are inaccessible. When the power is running low, you simply need to put the hearing aid in the recharging dock or inside it to charge. But what options are best for you when it comes to choosing disposable or rechargeable battery hearing aids?

More Styles

Most hearing aids are designed to fit disposable batteries meaning you get a greater choice of styles and options than choosing rechargeable battery-operated hearing aids. Rechargeable hearing aid batteries are only available for behind the ear, receiver in canal, in the ear and in the canal.

User Control

Using disposable batteries is simply more convenient for some lifestyles. If you wear your hearing aids for extended periods and are out on the go, you may find the conveniences of disposable batteries perfect. Being able to replace the battery as required and not worrying about needing to plug in your charger can allow you more freedom and flexibility.

Plus, if you have been wearing hearing aids for a long time, you will be more accustomed to changing the battery.

Easily Accessible

Most hearing aid wearers store their hearing aid accessories together, meaning spare batteries will often be kept with their other supplies in the same place. A hearing aid charger will need to be placed conveniently to allow for easier charging and access and be safe from damage.

Another concern people have with rechargeable hearing aid batteries is the charging unit and wire becoming damaged, meaning you then need to replace the whole unit instead of just the battery.

Easier to Use

There is no denying that changing over to disposable hearing aids can be tricky. They are small in size, and if you have poor dexterity or limited sight, it can be hard to keep changing the battery over continually. When using a hearing aid with a rechargeable battery, you simply need to ensure it is docked correctly.

Safer for Children and Pets

Small batteries can be hazardous for small children and pets. There is a risk that small batteries are easily swallowed, causing health concerns for both children and pets. If you are concerned about children being able to access your batteries, swapping over to a rechargeable battery can be a good option as it is safer for everyone at home.

Environmentally Friendly

Rechargeable hearing aids use one battery per year, depending on the use and the model. Traditional hearing aids using disposable batteries can go through around 100 batteries in the time-space and usage-dependent model.

Better for Streaming

Modern hearing aids come with newer features and capabilities, including being able to stream music, movies and TV shows by using Bluetooth. While there are great additions to hearing aids, they can also drain the battery, making replacing batteries more expensive and opening up your hearing aid to more damage from excessive handling.

If you use your hearing aid for either of these features, it can be worth investing in hearing aids with rechargeable batteries. If you plan to use either one often, rechargeable are a better bet. Instead of going through disposables faster, you can simply recharge your hearing aids.

If you want to learn more about hearing aid batteries and which is the right one for you, contact your ENT doctor. Here at ENT Specialists, we will help you find the best choice for your hearing aid needs. Call us today at (402) 983-9948.

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