Are Rechargeable Hearing Aids Right For Me?

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Abram Bailey, AuD

Hearing Tracker Founder

23 July 2018

Do you ever forget to charge your cellphone at night, only to have it die halfway through the next day? Do you spend a lot of time “off the grid”, without access to electricity? Are you a power user who streams audio to your hearing aids 16 hours a day? If you answered yes to any of these questions, there’s a distinct possibility that rechargeable hearing aids aren’t for you.

Rechargeable hearing aids aren’t for everyone.

At Hearing Tracker, we are big believers in rechargeable battery technology for hearing aids. However, we know rechargeables aren’t for everyone. If you’re considering purchasing new hearing aids, and wondering whether rechargeable battery technology is for you, you’ve come to the right place.

Rechargeable hearing aid quiz

Take our 2 minute quiz to find out whether rechargeable hearing aids might be right for you!

How did you do?

Ok, so now you know if you are a potential candidate for rechargeable hearing aids. Assuming you are a candidate, it’s to learn about your options!

Silver-Zinc Technology

Silver-zinc rechargeables are a popular option because they provide all-day power with the added flexibility of using disposable batteries as a backup if you forget to charge your hearing aids at night. If you are one of those (like me) that forgets to charge your cellphone sometimes, silver-zinc is a great option!

Silver-zinc options

Silver-zinc rechargeable hearing aids are available from most of the major manufacturers, including Widex, Oticon, Unitron, Starkey, Bernafon, Beltone, ReSound, and more. All of today’s silver-zinc hearing aid batteries are manufactured by ZPower, which manufactures in Camarillo (California). See their site for a full list of available hearing aid brands and details on how to buy ZPower-powered hearing aids.

Lithium-Ion Technology

Lithium-ion batteries provide a strong combination of energy and power density, making them the standard for portable electronics and other energy-demanding tools and vehicles. Lithium-ion technology offers the same energy benefits to hearing aids, yielding more than a full day of power in many cases.

No more battery door

Hearing aids that use lithium-ion batteries do not have a battery door. The rechargeable batteries are sealed into the case. This means (in many cases) better moisture protection for hearing aids that use lithium-ion batteries as there is less opportunity for ingress. However, this also means users cannot use disposable hearing aid batteries as a backup if they find themselves in a bind.

Lithium-ion options

Lithium-ion options are currently available from Phonak, Signia, and Starkey.

Which option is right for me?

To summarize, silver-zinc and lithium-ion batteries both do a great job of powering hearing aids throughout the day. If you are someone who sweats a lot or is exposed to excessive moisture or dust, you may want to consider a sealed-case lithium-ion hearing aid. If you are someone who frequently forgets to charge your cellphone, or you want the peace of mind of having disposable batteries as a backup, silver-zinc is the way to go. Of course, speak to a local hearing professional before making any decisions! Good luck!