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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 - 11805 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

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 - 343 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. 

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 - 3692 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). 

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


Steve Eagon, MA


17 July 2017 - 338 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

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 - 2033 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