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Rechargeable Hearing Aids: Are they right for you?


The best hearing aids only work if powered by batteries.  For some hearing aid users, however, handling those small, round batteries can be quite challenging.  Poor manual dexterity, neuropathy in fingers, hand tremors, or poor vision can turn a simple task like changing a battery into a frustrating and sometimes, time-consuming process.  And trying to find a runaway battery that has rolled onto the floor is not an easy task! 

For users who sweat heavily, or who are exposed to humid or high-moisture environments, the traditional battery door allows for moisture to seep into the hearing aid, leading to intermittent function and frequent repair issues.  For patients who rely on their hearing aids, frequent repairs are frustrating and inconvenient.  

Enter the rechargeable hearing aid option!  Phonak released their recharegable hearing aids last spring, and Oticon released a rechargeable option this year for their Opn model hearing aids.  On an overnight charge, both manufacturer options provide reliable, full-day performance.  At the Center for Audiology, we are finding the following patients benefit greatly from rechargeable hearing aids: 

  • Patients with manual  dexterity issues (such as numbness in the fingers from diabetes, or hand tremors from Parkinson's disease) 
  • Patients with vision loss that makes it hard to place batteries properly .
  • Patients who are environmentally conscious and want to reduce the number of disposable batteries that end up in landfills.
  • Patients who find it inconvenient to repeatedly purchase batteries online, at drugstores or at their hearing care professional's office.
  • Patients who require reliable, full-day hearing aid performance (no hearing aid battery going dead in middle of an important business meeting!)
  • Patients who sweat heavily or who are exposed to high-humidity environments.  The sealed rechargeable hearing aid case provides a better barrier against moisture seeping into the hearing aid.  

When our audiologists at The Center for Audiology recommend a customized hearing care plan for each of our patients, factors such as manual dexterity, vision. convenience, and moisture resistance needs are taken into account.  We want hearing aids to be a pleasant, easy-to-use, and low-hassle experience!  If any of the above issues might impact your ability to use hearing aids successfully, make sure to discuss it with your audiologist.  Wonderful rechargeable hearing aid options exist to make your hearing journey a successful one!