The hearing aid technology has significantly evolved in the past few years. Technological advancements have enabled hearing aid users to not only use products that addressed their hearing problems. Technology has also enabled more convenience among the users, such that you can choose hearing aids that would fit into your lifestyle and daily needs. All hearing aids contain the same components: microphone, amplifier, receiver, and battery. Each of these components plays a vital role in the device’s function. But there is probably none other more important than the battery – without it, you are unable to use the device.
A lot of the recent technological developments on hearing aid batteries have focused on lengthening its usage. As the power source for the device, finding the right battery for your device is crucial so you can use it for several hours. There are two general categories of batteries available today: rechargeable and disposable. There are certain advantages and disadvantages with each option. Make sure you consider these pro’s and con’s so you can make the right choice that is fit for your needs and lifestyle.
Disposable Hearing Aid Batteries
Disposable batteries that are used on hearing aids come in four sizes. They are also color-coded to make identification of each battery size easy and accurate. The batteries are activated by air. In order for it to start working, you need to remove the color-coded tab. This will allow oxygen to enter the battery so it can work when used on the hearing aid device. Experts suggest removing the tab and then letting the battery sit for at least a minute before inserting to the device. This will help extend the battery life.
When should you choose disposable hearing aid batteries? One consideration is the battery life. The average battery life of disposable batteries is 5 to 7 days. The actual battery life is impacted by the size of the battery, stream time, listening environment, and the user needs.
Another factor to consider is accessibility. If your disposable battery runs out of power, you won’t be able to use the hearing aid device. It is recommended that you pack spare batteries if you are using this type of battery. These batteries are available in numerous stores (online or local).
Finally, the portability of using disposable hearing aid batteries is also another advantage that it can offer. You do not need to pack a charger as long as you have spare batteries on hand.
Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries
Rechargeable batteries are the new standard with modern hearing aids. This is the choice of battery for RIC and BTE hearing aid styles. If you prefer this type of hearing aid battery, make sure you ask your hearing professional about your preference.
One distinct advantage of rechargeable hearing aid batteries is the convenience. There is no need to carry extra batteries and constantly replace them when you need to use the device. This can be a problem for users with dexterity issues.
The cost of rechargeable batteries is another advantage. You will only cover the initial cost of the device (and the charger). There is no need to constantly purchase new batteries for replacement. You can add to that the easy charging that comes with this type of device. Simply plug it in when not in use and you can use it for up to 24 hours.
Lastly, rechargeable hearing aid batteries are also an environmentally-safe choice. In your lifetime, you could be using up to 300 disposable hearing aid batteries, which can be disastrous for the environment.