As technology evolves, hearing aids get more efficient and easy to use. There is a huge gap between the hearing aids of today and the ones your parents or grandparents used to use. Alongside Bluetooth technology, one of the most exciting recent developments is rechargeable hearing aids technology.
For a long time, hearing aids have relied solely on disposable zinc-air batteries. It’s easy to see why, as they are cheap, simple to replace and widely available. But with rechargeable technology making headway in other consumer devices such as smartphones, e-readers and tablets, people started to demand the same convenience with their hearing aids.
Successive iterations of rechargeable hearing aid technology were subsequently developed, each improving on the last. But the latest development, called lithium-ion technology, maybe the best yet. This game-changing technology is the first to achieve full days worth of power on one charge.
There are many reasons to take advantage of lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid technology. Take a look at the rechargeable hearing aid pros to see if you think investing in them would be a benefit to you.
You simply place the rechargeable hearing aids in the charging dock overnight to charge and your hearing devices are primed and ready to go in the morning. Most models take advantage of inductive charging, which makes it even easier to charge your hearing aids before bed.
You don't have to remember to buy batteries or carry spares, and your battery won't let you down at the most inopportune times.
Rechargeable hearing aid batteries also contribute to saving the environment. Batteries are fairly difficult to recycle and people don't usually make sure that they are carefully disposed of. Rechargeable batteries must of course also be carefully disposed of, but this is much less often than the average hearing aid battery!
Also, corrosive materials and heavy metals are commonly found in many hearing aid batteries because of the battery production process. The casing can disintegrate if the batteries are not properly disposed of, causing these harmful substances to leak into the environment. This can lead to soil and water contamination and can negatively affect animals as well as humans.
You don't have to mess with small batteries every few days with rechargeable hearing aid batteries. If someone has visual or dexterity issues, the small size of conventional disposable hearing aid batteries and hearing aids themselves can be tricky to replace.
Batteries did not need to be replaced often with older hearing aid models because they had no wireless and digital functionality. But traditional zinc-air batteries do not last as long as they once did with newer hearing aid models, because of today's more advanced technology. You could have to switch the batteries a few times a week, instead of once a month.
But lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid batteries can keep up with all the power needs of today's digital technology while maintaining enough charge for an entire day of the hearing.
Below is what we believe to be the best rechargeable hearing aids on the market. However, please be aware that there have been a variety of new hearing aids released since writing this article. We are currently evaluating these new arrivals and we will update these recommended products when they have been available for longer and fully evaluated.
This is an Oticon Receiver-in-the-Canal hearing aid which boasts everything that made the Opn S an industry leader, plus the huge benefits of lithium-ion rechargeable technology. It offers both the open sound experience and Bluetooth connectivity in a discreet package.
With one of the fastest charging times of any rechargeable hearing aid, you can enjoy a full day’s power on just three hours of charge. If you ever find yourself forgetting to charge them, fear not – you can get five or six hours of charge by plugging in for just thirty minutes. The hearing aid uses reliable conductive charging and fits easily on your nightstand, making for an easy nightly routine. Simply plug them in and they will charge instantly.
Phonak, the world's largest supplier of hearing aids is proud to present Marvel – a ground-breaking family of listening aids that combines the advantages of outstanding voice comprehension with decreased noise listening effort and the capacity for seamless transmission of audio to both ears via iPhone, Android smartphone and many other Bluetooth devices.
This model is one of the first to take advantage of remote support in real-time via my Phonak smartphone app. It also features the ability to transcribe telephone calls in real-time, which makes it much easier for you to follow any phone conversations you will have.
The Marvel can run for an entire day on just one charge. No more fumbling around in your bag for the spares! There is also enough power to use streaming technology without worrying about running out of charge.
The Pure Charge & Go technology from Signia use take advantage of a high-capacity lithium-ion cell alongside innovative wireless charging technology. Wireless charging means that consumers do not need to care about the precise positioning of their hearing aids on the recharge port because charging doesn't rely on electrical contacts.
Users are able to use their hearing aids for 19 hours without the use of audio and 16.5 hours when streaming via Bluetooth. You can even fast charge your hearing aid in a 30-minute charge for six hours of use.
The model which best takes advantage of the Pure Charge & Go rechargeable technology is the Signia NX, which features Signia’s unique Own Voice Processing (OVP™), it also boasts a natural-sounding own voice during use, as well as Bluetooth connectivity to all smartphones and Bluetooth-enabled devices.
ReSound LiNX Quattro's rechargeable solution uses some of the latest rechargeable technology available. It provides an unprecedented 24 hours of use when streaming 50 per cent of the time, and 30 hours when not streaming. This means you could stream 12 hours of content in one day, and still have enough charge to see you through the entire day.
The LiNX Quattro model itself also has the most vibrant sound spectrum available, allowing individuals to improve their speech understanding significantly. The sound quality when listening to music also superlative. Studies indicate that compared with other premium hearing aids, ReSound LiNX Quattro is favoured for 95% of the time for streaming music.
ReSound offers high performance here with reduced power consumption at 100% faster speed and twice the memory capacity. Hearing Professionals can even modify settings of a patient's hearing aids without them having to make a visit to the clinic.
Viron miniRITE T R is Bernafon’s first hearing aid to feature a lithium-ion rechargeable battery. It allows power for a full day of use including sound streaming and phone calls.
The Viron miniRITE itself is also the first True Environment Processing hearing aids in the industry, which gets its power from Bernafon’s innovative Dynamic Environment Control System. The new chip platform features super-fast sound detection and processing so users can get more accurate information in real-time regarding their sound environment. This Viron model also includes a proprietary feedback cancellation system, which helps reduce feedback in both static and dynamic situations.
Please visit our Bluetooth information page for more information on these hearing devices here
Rechargeable hearing aids generally look the same as the ones that require you to change the battery. In some cases, the shape might be more slim-lined or shorter, as the model doesn't have a battery compartment door.
Rechargeable hearing aids are slightly more expensive because you will need to purchase the charging station or pod. This usually starts from an additional £50 or more per hearing aid.
Pretty much all the current hearing aid manufacturers in the industry offer rechargeable options. Please see our latest pricelist of all the brands and models we offer here
Interested in finding out more information on rechargeable hearing aids, other hearing aid options or hearing healthcare advice? Contact one of our audiologists today on 0800 567 7621
When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.
When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.