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Rechargeable Hearing Aids, do They Really Work?
Rechargeable hearing aids seem like the natural choice because you don’t need to think about always having fresh batteries available to you – as long as you are in proximity to a power outlet, and you have a charging cable with you. You can charge them up at your convenience, not to mention the fact you will save on battery costs.
However, many people are concerned about using rechargeable hearing aids, especially if they are not used to dealing with new technologies that could impact upon their ability to hear. That’s why we are going to look at rechargeable hearing aids and whether they really work.
What Are Rechargeable Hearing Aids?
As you might expect, rechargeable hearing aids are simply hearing devices that come with batteries that can be charged and reused numerous times instead of having to be disposed of when they run out of juice. Most modern hearing aids provided by the average audiologist will, by default, be rechargeable. Usually, this means that they do not have a slot for batteries to be inserted, but instead have a lithium-ion battery inbuilt, which means they will also have a port where you can plug in a charger or a separate charger station, too.
Do Rechargeable Hearing Aids Work?
In most circumstances, rechargeable hearing aids work just as well as non-rechargeable hearing aids. There was a time when rechargeable battery technology was not so good and batteries would fail quickly, meaning hearing aids would need to be replaced very often, but things have moved on since then and rechargeable hearing aids can work reliably for many years if they are cared for correctly.
Can I Use Rechargeable Hearing Aids Every Day?
Yes, rechargeable hearing aids are completely suitable for daily use, but if you do use them every day, you will normally need to charge them every day too and this process should take around three to four hours, so charging them overnight is a good idea.
How Should You Look After Rechargeable Hearing Aids?
Your audiologist should advise you on how best to take care of your rechargeable hearing aids. If you keep your hearing aids on the recharging station provided when not in use, so that they can be regularly charged and you are careful not to pulk on any wires causing them to break, then your hearing aids should stay in good shape.
Of course, you will also need to ensure that you keep them clean of dust, moisture and debris too, which means that you will need to clean them regularly with a microfiber cloth or similar. If dust and moisture are allowed to accumulate, they could interfere with your hearing aids’ ability to recharge which would not be good news.
Can Rechargeable Batteries Be Replaced?
Lithium-ion batteries are designed to last the whole lifespan of your hearing aids, which means you will not usually have to think about replacing your rechargeable batteries. However, if your device uses silver-zinc batteries, you will be required to change them once in a while and this is something that you will need to do very carefully as soon as the quality of the battery life starts to degrade. If you are not confident to do this yourself, your audiologist team may be able to help you with the process.
What if I Don’t Plan to Use My Hearing Aids Regularly?
If, for whatever reason, you do not plan to use your rechargeable hearing aids for a long period of time, it is a good idea to store them in a location other than the charging station because this could lead to a worsening in the condition of the battery, and in that case, you should find a cool, dry place to store your hearing aids where they are unlikely to be disturbed or damaged. You may also want to take them out and clean them to ensure that they are free from dust and debris occasionally too.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of using rechargeable hearing aids, speak to a qualified audiologist by getting in touch with Your Hearing Connection today at 626-538-9920. We can’t wait to help you find the right rechargeable hearing aid for you!