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What Are the Best Rechargeable Hearing Aids?

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Hearing aids have been improving the lives of millions of people for decades. Over time they have become more and more advanced and the help they provide has become more and more significant. One of the biggest developments is the rise of rechargeable hearing aids. While they have been around for a long time, the technology to make them truly competitive when compared to disposable battery hearing aids has only really appeared in the last several years. With that in mind, here is a guide to the best rechargeable hearing aids

Understanding battery types

Silver-zinc rechargeable batteries have been around for a very long time and there have been hearing aid solutions featuring these rechargeable batteries mfor many years. However, not many companies chose to adopt this type of battery for their rechargeable hearing aid. This could very well be because of the fact that silver-zinc batteries degrade slowly over time which can result in reduced performance of the hearing aids as time goes on, something which was likely considered to be counterproductive by many manufacturers and potentially results in hearing aids that don't offer the same level of support to those experiencing hearing loss.

Lithium-ion battery technology is becoming more and more common in all areas of modern technology and that includes hearing aids. There are several very good reasons for this. For one thing, lithium-ion batteries charge quicker than other forms and last longer on a single charge. Not only that but they do not deteriorate from partial charging and the performance of the batteries does not degrade over time. This means that the quality of the performance of the hearing aids is consistent over long periods. However, the charge capacity may still drop over time. For a long time, lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aids were larger than silver-zinc hearing aids but over time lithium-ion hearing aids are becoming smaller and smaller. Lithium-ion batteries are also integrated into the hearing aid because of their volatile nature which means that the user cannot handle the change of the battery.

The benefits of rechargeable hearing aids

Charging rechargeable hearing aids is an incredibly quick and easy process. It often involves little more than placing the hearing aids onto a charger or dock and then they will automatically begin to charge. This means that it's simple to charge them overnight while you are asleep or you can pop them on to charge at any time that you're not currently using them in order to keep them topped up.

Long-lasting 

Of course, topping up the batteries won't actually be that necessary since most rechargeable hearing aids can last up to 24 hours on a single charge, including several hours of audio streaming. This means that you don't have to worry about the batteries failing partway through the day, getting in the way of all of the things that you're trying to do.

Convenient

One of the major issues with hearing aids that use regular batteries is that they can be something of a hassle to deal with. You often end up having to fiddle with the batteries while changing them, and it can be a serious inconvenience, especially if you're already in the middle of something. Rechargeable hearing aids are a much better option because they eliminate this issue entirely. You no longer have to worry about fiddling with batteries and can get on with your day with ease.

More environmentally friendly

Being environmentally conscious is becoming a bigger and bigger concern for a lot of people. We're all working hard to reduce our impact on the planet. Because of that, rechargeable hearing aids offer yet another benefit because you no longer have to worry about the impact of disposable batteries on the environment. Batteries are one of the hardest things to deal with when recycling so eliminating them means that you're not only making your own life easier but making things far better for the planet as well.

Cost-effective

While rechargeable hearing aids might be a little more expensive in the short term since the initial cost of the devices is greater, you will likely find that the money that you save over a long period of time without having to regularly buy new batteries will more than make up for it.

Whether you're trying to figure out the right hearing aids for you or your experiencing any form of hearing loss, the best thing you can do is to get into contact with a professional audiologist like Independence Hearing at 772-210-1800 right away.