Rechargeable hearing aids are getting more popular these days, but that doesn’t necessarily make them the preferred model. We’ll go over some of the pros and cons of hearing aids that are rechargeable and those that are powered by disposable batteries.
Disposable vs. Rechargeable Batteries
Disposable batteries are inserted into the battery compartment of a hearing aid. Simply open the battery door and place the battery inside. After you receive an alert that your hearing aid batteries are low, replace the batteries with new ones.
Rechargeable batteries are built into the hearing aids. There is no battery door that grants access to this battery. After you receive an alert that your hearing aid batteries are low, place your hearing aids into the charging port to recharge them.
What are the advantages of Hearing Aids with Disposable Batteries?
Disposable batteries are featured in all hearing aid styles. Rechargeable hearing aids are only available in behind-the-ear (BTE), receiver-in-canal (RIC), in-the-ear (ITE), and in-the-canal (ITC) styles.
You have More Control
If your batteries run out, you can simply replace them with new batteries and continue with your day. When you are accustomed to disposing of your batteries, there’s a learning curve to get into the routine of recharging your hearing aids each night.
Less Reliance on Additional Supplies
Disposable batteries are generally stored together with your hearing aid supplies. A hearing aid charger is normally on a bedside table, and you can easily forget to pack it if you are taking a long trip. The cord can become damaged, the charger may stop working, or there could be a power outage.
What are the advantages of Rechargeable Hearing Aids?
Easier to use
Rechargeable hearing aids are easier to use. If you have dexterity issues, handling small disposable batteries can be tricky. Rechargeable hearing aids allow you to place the devices into the charger overnight so that you can have functioning hearing aids all day long.
Pets and Children Stay Safe
These tiny, shiny, batteries can attract curious pets and children, who may swallow them. This can be very dangerous. Rechargeable hearing aids are less likely to be swallowed because they’ll either be in your ears or in the recharger port.
Better for the Environment
The average rechargeable hearing aid uses one battery each year. A typical hearing aid uses nearly 100 disposable batteries per year. If you choose to use disposable batteries, find a local place where you can recycle your batteries.
Great for Streaming
Bluetooth and streaming audio through your hearing aids will deplete your hearing aids more quickly. If you normally use either of these, rechargeable hearing aids would be better.
If you are looking for hearing aids that have rechargeable or disposable batteries, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary consultation.