Rechargeable hearing aids are a hot item, but are they best for you?
There is a lot of talk about rechargeable hearing aids and many have called asking for them. Every brand now offers a rechargeable aid, but are they the best choice for you?
What are the pros and cons of rechargeables?
• Convenience - You don't have to fumble with tiny batteries. Simply put them in the charger before bed, and when you wake up, they are ready to go!
• Assurance - You'll have no worries about making sure to have batteries on hand.
• Longevity - New quick-charge battery technology now provides up to 24-hours of continuous use on single charge.
• Environmentally Friendly - Rechargeables produce less waste from toxic substances.
• Durability - There is no potential breakage from opening and closing a battery door.
• Cost - This is surprising to many! Rechargeables generally cost $100-$200 more per ear. Zinc rechargeable batteries need to be replaced once a year. Li-Ion rechargeables need to be replaced around every 3 years by the manufacturer.
• Reliability - Different brands vary widely in reliability. Our hearing specialists can recommend the most reliable rechargeables.
• Longevity - Don't expect to get two days of use on a single charge, especially if you are streaming calls from your smartphone. If you run out of juice mid-day, you will need your charger handy and then recharge them for at least 30 minutes.
• Size - Rechargeables tend to be a bit bigger than non-rechargeable aids.
Don't get us wrong! We love rechargeables for the convenience. They are a great option for many, but they are not for everyone. Give us a call at (651) 528-7868 to discuss your lifestyle and we can help you decide what is right for you!