Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Forget the days where you need to buy hearing aid batteries and replace them every week. Rechargeable batteries have made using hearing aids easier than ever. The hearing aids have a lithium-ion battery inside which do not require removal. At night, you take the hearing aids out of your ears and place them into a charger provided. It takes 3-4 hours to fully charge. A full charge lasts about 16-24 hours.
Unfortunately, if you currently have hearing aids that use disposable batteries, you cannot convert them to a rechargeable device. To have rechargeable hearing aids, you must purchase a new device.
The pros to getting rechargeable hearing aids are not needing to buy batteries, they are easier to handle, and they are safe for pets and children to handle.
Battery Operated Hearing Aids
Battery operated hearing aids are any hearing aid, whether in the ear or behind the ear, that have disposable batteries. The hearing aid batteries last about 3-10 days, depending on the size of the instrument. While wearing your hearing aids, you will hear an indicator tone letting you know it is time to change the battery. Since the batteries can be very small, some individuals with dexterity issues have difficulty changing them. If you have poor dexterity, rechargeable hearing aids may be more suitable for you.
The pros to getting a battery-operated hearing aid would be reliability. You do not have to depend on a rechargeable battery. If something is wrong with your disposable battery, you simply throw it away and replace it with a new one. If a rechargeable battery goes bad, the hearing aid will likely need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair.
If you are someone who sleeps in your hearing aids, battery operated may be a better option for you due to limited time to charge your instruments.
During your hearing aid consultation at Lemme Audiology, our Audiologist will recommend which type of hearing aid they recommend for you based on your lifestyle and wants and needs. Just call Lemme Audiology Associates at (814) 941-7770 to schedule your hearing aid evaluation and discover what type of hearing aid would be best for you.