Rechargeable hearing aids are manufactured so that you’ll have to worry less about running low on batteries, but the technology may also make you a little anxious when you depend on your devices to hear. Do rechargeable hearing aids work as well as marketed or do they even work at all?
The worry is reasonable and so are the question you may have. A hearing aid is often as important for the enjoyment of a tv show or a movie as it is for a trip to the grocery store or any other part of day to day life. It’s essential that a piece of technology functions correctly and dependably, especially when it impacts so many facets of life.
What Kind of Battery do I Have?
Most contemporary hearing aids are equipped with rechargeable batteries by default, so it’s likely if you bought your hearing aids recently, it has one of two types of batteries. Silver-zinc batteries, which have a battery door on the back of the device, are rechargeable, but every now and then they have to be replaced. A Lithium-ion battery, however, will not have a battery door because the batteries will last as long as the hearing aid does.
How to Care For Your Rechargeable Hearing Aid
For the most part, rechargeable hearing aids do work, and they work well. The dependability of these devices has enhanced dramatically in the last few years, as battery technologies have advanced. In order to improve reliability, however, there are a few maintenance measures users can take as they would with any other electronic equipment.
- Be Mindful of Wires: Either the hearing aid itself or the charging station will contain some kind of wire element on most hearing aids. Being mindful of these wires is important for hearing aid users; the connection that allows the device to charge can be broken if you pull on or hold it by the wires.
- The Charging Station is Where Your Hearing Aids Should be Kept: If you consistently store your rechargeable hearing aids on their recharging station you can increase the life of your battery. Charging a battery that is not totally drained does not shorten the long term life of your battery. In fact, you can actually improve the life of the battery by making sure your hearing aids are charging while not in use. A simple reminder, for most people, to charge their device when it’s not in use, is to place the charging station on a table next to their bed.
- Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean and Dry: Your hearing aids will collect debris, dust, and moisture regardless of how often you use them. Your hearing aid may not thoroughly charge if it is exposed to any of these three things. When connecting your hearing aid to your charging station, as with any other time, it’s essential to keep your device clean.
How to Replace a Rechargeable Battery
Lithium-ion batteries will normally last the as long as your device does. As a result, you should not need to worry about changing those batteries. Simply keep recharging your hearing aids as long as necessary.
Hearing aids that rely on silver-zinc batteries, however, might call for fresh batteries once in a while. The lifespan of your battery can be improved by changing them in the right way. Because of this, hearing experts suggest the following:
- Ensure you wash your hands before changing your hearing aid batteries.
- Until you’re ready to use the batteries, don’t remove the plastic tabs or packaging.
- Let the batteries sit out at room temperature for at least five minutes before removing any tabs that might be attached.
- Make certain you have a dry, room temperature place to keep your batteries.
- Clean and free of moisture is the state that your battery compartment should be kept in.
Long Periods of Non-Use
If you are planning not to use your hearing aids for long amounts of time, leaving them on the charger might no longer be the best way to store your devices. If, for instance, you know that you will not be wearing your hearing aids for several weeks or months, you can just disconnect the charger and put your hearing aids in a cool and dry place.
Consider leaving the battery door open so you can prevent moisture from corroding the batteries if you use silver-zinc batteries.
Rechargeable for Everyday Use
For most people, and for everyday use, charging your hearing aids once per day should be enough for all of your needs. A lithium-ion battery, as an example, will normally require just 3-4 hours to charge adequate battery power for a 24 hour period.
Do rechargeable hearing aids work? They don’t just work, they are becoming more common every day. Schedule an appointment with your local hearing aid retailer to see all the different models