Perhaps you have a hearing loss and are considering hearing aids. You certainly have questions and concerns about using one or two hearing aids, which is normal. If you are wondering what you can expect from using hearing aids, what are the top rated hearing aids or the best hearing aids available, you have come to the right place!
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Rechargeable hearing aids have batteries that can be easily removed from the machine and charged for reuse. Several sizes are now available for use in many of the common styles of hearing aids. Rechargeable hearing aid batteries can also be charged in just a matter of hours and can last an average of one year making their higher price comparable to that of disposable batteries. There are two types of rechargeable batteries to know about:
- Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable batteries (NiMH) – While these have been in use in hearing aids for many years, they are generally unable to power the new hearing aids with wireless features for a full day.
- Silver Zinc rechargeable batteries – These are the rechargeable batteries that patients and providers are talking about thanks to their ability to easily power the newest hearing aids for a full day, at the least. The Hearing Review summed these batteries up with the statement: “Silver-zinc rechargeable chemistry in hearing aid batteries appears to be among the most exciting advancement since we first transitioned from silver-oxide and mercury batteries to zinc-air.”
*Rechargeable batteries may not be compatible with certain hearing aid models and features. Discuss your needs with a hearing health care provider before purchasing.
Whether you opt for a disposable hearing aid battery or a rechargeable hearing aid battery, proper care can help to extend its life and save you money. Battery life is highly dependent upon usage and battery size, but following these tips can help you maintain your hearing aid battery:
- When your hearing aid is not in use, leave the battery door open to allow moisture to escape
- Store batteries in a dry place at room temperature
- Keep batteries in original packaging until use
- Clean hands prior to changing out hearing aid batteries
Advancements in Hearing Aid Technology
Hearing aid technology has exploded in recent years with a variety of designs from In-the-ear (ITE) to In-the-canal (ITC) to Behind-the-ear (BTE) and it seems everything in between. These various hearing aids all come with a myriad of features such as tinnitus masking, Bluetooth connectivity and wireless capabilities. With the right fittings and adjustments hearing aids become powerful listening devices!
Millions of Americans use hearing aids, and according to much of the research now coming out treating hearing loss with these devices can lead to improved health, communication and relationships, but it’s just as important to consider the batteries that make it all possible. If you think you may have a hearing
loss or want to discuss all the hearing aid options in more detail, please reach out to Autumn Oak Speech, Voice & Hearing. We are proud to be Friendswood’s hearing aid center and Pearland’s hearing aid center, offering access to incredible hearing devices to the community.