Disposable vs. Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries: Which Route is Best for You?

What’s your style of battery?

Being able to hear is very important and our sense of sound should never go neglected. When purchasing hearing aids there are many factors that we want to consider. Let’s face it, buying a hearing aid for most of us will not boil down to a decision based on impulse. One of the choices is to pursue a hearing aid system that is rechargeable (rechargeable hearing aids). Today’s rechargeable hearing aid solutions utilize lithium ion technology, which is the same type of battery found in smartphones and many other applications. The lithium ion is the type of hearing aid battery technology which allows the hearing units to be rechargeable so you don’t have to physically swap out disposable batteries. It may not seem like a big deal, but thousands of people struggle with choosing which is the better option. At the end of the day it comes down to that of a personal decision.

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DEXTERITY:

Do you feel like your fingers are big and clunky and get in the way of each other? Or do you have fingers geared towards surgical precision? When you are dealing with disposable batteries you want to have confidence that you can pick up the battery and place it in the battery door. Dr. Ivory has heard many stories where patients are on all fours searching for batteries or find themselves hysterically watching the battery roll from one end of the kitchen floor to the other. There are others who handle disposable batteries quite easily and rather enjoy the process of taking the batteries out and replacing them weekly.


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EASE OF USE:

The rechargeable hearing aid option allows you to simply place the hearing aids in the charger at night and upon waking, place the hearing aids back in your ears. In this case, there is no need to change the battery weekly. You don’t have to worry about draining your battery when it’s not in use or panicking because you forgot to restock your battery supply. This is also convenient if your vision is compromised and you can’t see well.

On the flip side, even though rechargeable hearing aid batteries last over 30 hours on a single charge, some patients mention that they find the rechargeable option worrisome because they feel that if they forgot a night of charging, they would have to go without hearing for a few hours while the rechargeable hearing aids charge back up. With the disposable batteries you simple must remember to open the battery door at night time to turn them off and have spare batteries on you.


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COST:

The debate as to which option is better could go on and on. One question posed quite often is how long will the battery last. This will all depend on the wearer of the hearing aids. If you are streaming a lot of content through Bluetooth hearing aids, the battery will drain faster. This applies to both the disposable and the rechargeable battery. If you have disposables however and do not turn them off when not in use, then this will contribute to you having to change the battery more often. The size of the disposable battery also matters. The more energy the battery can store the longer it will last when all things are equal. Consider the cost of buying disposable batteries versus a rechargeable solution over a long period of time. The rechargeable will save money over the long run. The batteries longevity in both cases depend on the user. Another good thing about battery chargers is that you are not filling our landfills with little batteries the rechargeable route is more eco-friendly. Whether you choose disposable or rechargeable hearing aid batteries, rest assured you will be well taken care of at La Cañada Hearing Aids & Audiology. We hope to hear from and see you soon!

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