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Which company makes the best rechargeable hearing aids?

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Julie Norin, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Baltimore

08 March 2017 - 17055 Views

Currently, Siemens (Signia) and Phonak have rechargeable products in their portfolios. Phonak has products at 3 different price points that are rechargeable (models BR-50, BR-70 and BR-90) and Signia has products at the top 2 price points (Cellion 5 and Cellion 7). Differences are not all that significant, with the exception of this - the Phonak products have a button that the user must press and hold, in order to activate the hearing aids when they are taken out of the charger, in order to turn the hearing aids "on." We have found this to be a major... Read more

Does Phonak make a hearing aid with Bluetooth, telecoil, and rechargeable batteries?

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Abram Bailey, AuD

Doctor of Audiology, Hearing Tracker Founder

19 August 2016 - 4436 Views

We recently added the Phonak Audéo B-R to our hearing aid review database. We're excited to see what customers will report, especially with regard to real world battery life. The B-R does not have a telecoil, and to my knowledge it is not directly compatible with smarphones like the iPhone. The B-R is compatible with the Phonak ComPilot II, ComPilot Air II, and EasyCall, which can help you to connect your devices to 3rd party Bluetooth devices (like your iPhone). 

I have a Phonak cross-over pair--one ear is deaf and the aid in that ear transmits over to the good ear. Are similar products available for the Audeo B-R?

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Rebecca Jahed, AuD

Clinical Audiologist in Prince Frederick

13 April 2017 - 555 Views

At this point, there is not an option for a rechargeable CROS/BICROS with the Phonak Belong series.  I check every so often when I call Phonak because it would be an amazing option to offer those with an un-aidable ear.  This information that I have been given is that the battery voltage is not compatible with the requirements necessary when streaming with the CROS/BICROS system at this time.  The Belong series does have a CROS option (CROS-B) but it is not with the rechargeable battery. 

How do I know if rechargeable hearing aids are right for me? Which patients do you recommend rechargeable hearing aids to?

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Julie Link, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Centennial

22 May 2018 - 259 Views

I would consider the following questions in helping to determine if rechargeable hearing aids are a good fit for you:Do you enjoy other rechargeable devices such as your cell phone?Are you ok with your aids potentially being slightly larger to give you the rechargeable option?Do you have poor dexterity or vision?Do you wish you didn't have to carry batteries around with you everywhere you go?Do you go "off the grid" often on trips or camping where you will not have access to electricity?Are you comfortable with wearing behind the ear hearing aids?I... Read more

How long do rechargeable hearing aid batteries last? Do they need to be replaced frequently?

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Matthew Pearson

Hearing Aid Audiologist in London

25 May 2017 - 3453 Views

The Z-Power battery used in Unitron & Starkey devices among others should be changed once a year.If you have forgotten to charge them one advantage is that you can change them for regular zinc-air batteries.The lithium-ion battery used by Phonak should last according to Phonak 4 years before your notice any reduction in performance. If you have elected to go for a 5 year warranty the batteries could then be swapped as a repair under warranty. So not as easy to change as the silver-zinc batteries, but a less frequent change & no annual cost to... Read more

What is the average lifespan of the rechargeable batteries for Siemens Pure Binax?

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Clifford Olson, AuD

Audiologist in Anthem

16 March 2018 - 324 Views

The Siemens Pure Binax uses Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries.  It has approx. 500 charge cycles and an expected battery lifetime of 1 year.  Beyond this point, the battery may still work but it will not charge to 100% of its capacity.  

I have mild to moderate hearing loss and tinnitus, and want a rechargeable hearing aid. What would be a good hearing aid for me?

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Julie Norin, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Baltimore

23 March 2017 - 1077 Views

There are a few different options available by the following manufacturers: Signia (formerly Siemens) Cellion (come at top two levels of technology), Phonak Audeo BR (available at all levels of technology), Starkey Muse (all price points), and Unitron (have not yet worked with those last two particular products due to our preference for the first two I mentioned). The Phonak and Signia products are equally good, with slight differences between them with regard to the batteries. Both have lithium ion batteries, but the Signia batteries are said to... Read more

Are there any rechargeable hearing aids that fit right in the ear?

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Steve Eagon, MA

Audiologist

17 July 2017 - 610 Views

While there are numerous options for re-chargeable behind-the-ear hearing aids today, there is one option to consider if you are looking for a discreet in-the-canal solution. Eargo Plus is a hearing aid sold through its website. It is designed for people who have mild-to-moderate high frequency hearing loss and includes full support from a team of licensed hearing professionals who provide guidance by phone or video conference. If you have a hearing test, you can scan and email it for review.Eargo Plus comes with a small charging pod that charges... Read more

Who offers silver zinc rechargeable batteries?

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Margaret ("Peggy") Tomko, AuD

Audiologist in Newport News

20 October 2017 - 904 Views

Rechargeable ZPower hearing aids--powered by silver zinc rechargeable batteries--are made by several manufacturers: Starkey, ReSound, Oticon, Unitron. Widex will be releasing a ZPower product soon. Check out these links to explore the various options:Link for StarkeyLink for ReSoundLink for OticonLink for UnitronLink for Widex