Rechargeable hearing aids are a recent development for the hearing loss community, having come on the market within the last six to eight months. Unlike older hearing aids, these rechargeable models don't require a separate battery that must be taken out and recharged. The entire unit is recharged in a charging case, and the battery lasts the life of the unit.
Is a rechargeable hearing aid right for you? Read on to find out more.
Benefits of Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Some hearing aid users prefer devices with disposable batteries, because the batteries can power the device for several days. However, rechargeable hearing aids have several advantages over both disposable-battery models and rechargeable-battery models:
- The entire unit is recharged in a charging cartridge, meaning there's nothing to disassemble and no batteries to lose.
- The device can be recharged each night. Charging takes about three hours and can last up to twenty-four hours. (Previous rechargeable batteries only last about 14-16 hours).
- Rechargeable hearing aids require less maintenance and are a good option for those with limited hand ability and/or cognitive or memory issues.
Getting a Rechargeable Hearing Aid
Unfortunately, there is no way to "upgrade" an older device, so investing in a rechargeable hearing aid requires purchasing an entirely new device.
If you're planning to get a rechargeable hearing aid in Richmond, you must start by with a hearing test. This will determine the extent of your hearing loss and the device power you will need.
As a part of your hearing evaluation, we'll also look at your lifestyle, the anatomy of your ear, and any other conditions that may impact your choice of hearing aids, such as draining ears or being prone to ear infections.
Once the time comes to choose a device, you'll have an array of options, although, depending on the size of your ear, some options might be limited. As with all hearing aids, you'll have a trial period in which to test out the rechargeable device and determine if it's right for you and meets your needs. Need help choosing a device? Read our guide to buying hearing aids.
An Ongoing Process
One important thing to keep in mind is that purchasing a hearing aid is not a one-time visit. Hearing can fluctuate, hearing loss can progress, and the device needs to be adapted to adjust to changing circumstances. It's important to have open communication with your Audiologist and a clear plan for regular appointment times.
Are you interested in updating your hearing aid, or getting a hearing aid for the first time? A rechargeable device might be just the right fit for you. Contact Virginia ENT to make an appointment and discuss your options.