Rechargeable hearing aids have been around for years. Until recently the technology was quite basic and the main problems were reliability and short battery life.
This has all been solved now that Lithium-Ion rechargeable aids have come out. That's the same technology you will find in smartphones, iPads etc. Gone will be the days where your battery warning would bleep at the most inconvenient of times forcing you to scramble around in your bag in the hope that you remembered a spare battery and then finding somewhere discreet to change it.
Now all you need to do is plug the hearing aids in to the easy to use charger every night before you go to bed and you're all set for the next day. As many of us already do this with a variety of devices you will find it easy to remember and include into your routine.
Money saving, possibly. The average user will spend around £10 per ear per year on normal batteries. With rechargeable you are likely to pay a greater outlay but then get that money back over time with the savings.
Ease of use is the main benefit. Some of us, generally on the more elderly side, can have manual dexterity problems when it comes to very small objects such as hearing aid batteries and slotting them correctly into a hearing aid. Now this is no longer a problem either, provided you can slot the hearing aids into the charger which is considerably easier.
Lithium-Ion hearing aids are new to the market. As of November 2016 there are only Siemens and Phonak making them.
Be sure to read the other side of the debate by clicking here on "Why buying a rechargeable hearing aid is a bad idea"
Author: David Roberts
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