Worrying about running low on batteries is something you shouldn’t have to do with rechargeable hearing aids, but when you rely on this technology, it might make you slightly concerned. Do rechargeable hearing aids work, and do they work as well as advertised?
The anxiety is reasonable and so are the question you may have. A hearing aid is often as important for the enjoyment of a television show or a movie as it is for a trip to the supermarket or any other part of day to day life. When a piece of technology affects so many facets of your life, it’s important that it work correctly and reliably.
What Type of Battery do I Have?
By default, most contemporary hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries, so it’s likely if you bought your hearing aids recently, it has one of two types of batteries. Silver-zinc batteries, which can normally be distinguished by a battery door on the device, are rechargeable, but the batteries might have to be changed every so often. A Lithium-ion battery, however, will not have a battery door because the batteries will last as long as the hearing aid does.
Rechargeable Hearing Aids Need Special Care
For the most part, rechargeable hearing aids do work, and they work well. The dependability of these devices has enhanced considerably in the last few years, as battery technologies have improved. In order to increase reliability, however, there are some maintenance steps users can take as they would with any other electronic equipment.
- Be Careful of Wires: Either the charging station or the hearing aid itself will have some kind of wire element on most hearing aids. Being careful of these wires is essential for hearing aid users; the connection that enables the device to charge can be broken if you pull on or hold it by the wires.
- Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean and Dry: Your hearing aids will collect moisture, dust, and debris regardless of how often you use them. Your hearing aid may not thoroughly charge if it is subjected to any of these three elements. When connecting your hearing aid to your charging station, as with any other time, it’s crucial to keep your device clean.
- Put Your Hearing Aids on The Charging Station: If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, you can extend the battery life of your device by ensuring that you consistently store your hearing aids on their charging station. Charging a battery that is not totally drained does not reduce the long term life of your battery. As a matter of fact, ensuring that your hearing aids are charging when not in use can actually benefit your long-term battery life. A convenient reminder, for many people, to charge their device when not in use, is to place the charging station on a table next to their bed.
How to Change a Rechargeable Battery
If you have lithium-ion batteries, they will probably last as long as your device does. So changing those batteries shouldn’t be something you ever have to worry about. Your hearing aids can then be simply charged as long as necessary.
However, you will need to occasionally replace the batteries if you have a hearing aid that uses silver-zinc batteries. Changing batteries in the correct way can help improve the lifespan of your hearing aids. Because of this, hearing experts suggest the following:
- Let the batteries sit out at room temperature for at least five minutes before removing any tabs that might be attached.
- Be sure you wash your hands before replacing your hearing aid batteries.
- Don’t eliminate any plastic tabs or packaging until you’re ready to use batteries.
- Confirm that your battery compartment is clean and free of moisture.
- Make sure you have a dry, room temperature spot to keep your batteries.
Non-Use For Long Periods
Keeping your hearing aids on the charger for extended periods of time is no longer the way to store your hearing aids. Simply unplug your hearing aid and put it in a dry cool spot if, for instance, you know you won’t be using them for several weeks or a month.
If your hearing aids use silver-zinc batteries, you might also think about leaving the battery door open in order to stop moisture from corroding your batteries.
Rechargeable for Everyday Use
All your basic needs should be satisfied if you charge your hearing aids once per day. A lithium-ion battery, as an example, will typically require just 3-4 hours to charge adequate battery power for a 24 hour period.
Do rechargeable hearing aids work? Not only do they work, but rechargeable hearing aids will probably become much more common and dependable as the technology continues to improve. Contact your local hearing aid retailer to see all the different models