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Revolutionizing Hearing Aids: Unveiling the Power of Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Batteries!

Lithium ion rechargeable hearing aid battery

Sound Innovation: Embracing the Rise of Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Hearing Aid Batteries for Convenience and Eco-Friendly Impact!

Rechargeable lithium-ion hearing aids have gained popularity in recent years due to their convenience and environmental benefits. However, like any technology, there are both advantages and disadvantages to consider. Hears Hearing & Hearables presents an overview of the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of rechargeable lithium-ion hearing aids.

First the Good Attributes of Lithium-Ion Batteries:

1. Convenience: Rechargeable hearing aids eliminate the need to regularly replace disposable zinc air batteries. Instead, they can be easily recharged overnight, saving you time and money in the long run.

2. Environmental Impact: Rechargeable batteries help reduce the amount of electronic waste generated by disposable zinc batteries, making them a more environmentally friendly choice.

3. Improved Battery Life: Lithium-ion hearing aid batteries generally offer longer battery life compared to disposable zinc-air batteries. This means you can go longer periods between charges, providing a more consistent and reliable hearing experience.

4. User-Friendly: Rechargeable lithium-ion hearing aids often come with user-friendly charging options such as docking stations or portable charging cases, making it simple to charge and store your devices.

5.  Helps with Dexterity:  People who have dexterity issues do not have to worry about putting the tiny little zinc-air battery fitting into the battery door.

6. Lower Vision:  As we age, let’s face it, it is harder to see tiny pieces.  Clearly, it is much easier to not have to place the tiny zinc-air battery the right way into the battery compartment.  And dropping a battery on the floor is a frustrating adventure for those of us with vision loss.  With a recharging lithium-ion battery, this is no longer a worry.  It is easy to place a rechargeable lithium ion hearing aid into its charger.

Now the bad or not-so-good news on lithium-ion batteries in hearing aid devices:

1. Initial Cost: Rechargeable hearing aids can be more expensive upfront compared to traditional hearing aids that use disposable batteries. However, this cost may be offset by the long-term savings from not having to buy replacement zinc-air batteries.

2. Battery Degradation: Like all rechargeable batteries, lithium-ion batteries degrade over time and lose their maximum capacity. This means that over the lifespan of the hearing aid, you may experience reduced battery performance and shorter overall battery life.  Hears to U reminds their patients about warranties so people can send in their hearing aid for replacement parts.

Finally, the ugly of lithium-ion batteries in hearing aids:

1. Limited Availability: While rechargeable hearing aids are becoming more popular, not all hearing aid models offer a rechargeable option.  Since Covid-19, more people are wanting in-the-ear hearing aid with a recharging feature.  Your choices may be limited depending on the specific features and technologies you require.

2. Charging Infrastructure: Rechargeable hearing aids require access to a power source or charging station. If you frequently find yourself in situations without easy access to electricity, it may be challenging to keep your hearing aids charged.

3.  Forgotten charge left behind:  Hears to U has realized that people forget their chargers when traveling.  Please remember to bring a charger and it doesn’t hurt to have a backup lithium-ion charger for your device to keep in your suitcase.

4.  Broken charger:  Chargers like other products break.  Not only does the charger malfunction on occasion, but Hears to U finds that more than likely the cord goes back.  Having some backup cords and a charger is a great idea so you do not end up with out a charged-up hearing aid.

What is best for you and your charging needs?

It’s important to consider your lifestyle, preferences, and specific hearing needs when deciding between rechargeable and disposable battery hearing aids. Consulting with an audiologist can help you make an informed decision based on your individual circumstances.  Hears to U is happy to help you with this decision.

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phonak charger case go portable lithium-ion charger for phonak life hearing aids

Phonak Charger Case Go

The Charger Case Go is a new portable and easy to use hearing aid charger for the new Phonak Audeo Life hearing aids.  This charger contains a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that stores up to three charges and continues charging hearing aids for situation when a power source is not available.
  • To be used with Phonak Audéo Paradise Life hearing aids for on-the-go charging
  • Inductive charger with internal battery
  • Use up to three times on a single charge to restore depleted hearing aids
Members Pay: $180
Phonak Charger Case Go
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Phonak Audéo Lumity Hearing Aids

The Audéo Lumity hearing aids

Available only in Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) models with Rechargeability but there are 3 to choose from including:
  • Audéo L-R = no telecoil, no waterproofing
  • Audéo L-RT = has a telecoil, not waterproof
  • Audéo L-RL = waterproof, no telecoil, comes with upgraded charger
All three of the RICs come with an IP68 rating. The Audéo L-RL has additional features, such as the absence of charging contacts, that help improve its resistance to moisture. An IP68 rating means these aids should withstand dust, dirt, and sand, and are resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m (about 5 ft) underwater for up to 30 minutes (but we don’t recommend trying this!).    
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Signia Pure Charge&Go AX Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids

Signia Pure AX Hearing Aids

  • Pure Charge&Go AX is Signia’s smallest rechargeable RIC – ideal for experienced and first-time hearing aid wearers who are looking for a sleek aesthetic device that is fully featured.
  • These hearing aids include a standard charger but there are great upgrade chargers and accessories available!
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Widex Moment Sheer sRIC R D Hearing Aids

The newest hearing aid in the Widex lineup! The Widex Moment Sheer Rechargeable Hearing Aid

Built around the Widex Moment™ platform and the revolutionary PureSound™,  the Moment Sheer sRIC R D  hearing aid is suitable for minimal to profound hearing loss.
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Widex Charge N Clean for rechargeable Widex Moment RIC hearing aids

Widex Charge N Clean Charger

Widex Lithium-Ion Hearing Aid Charge-N-Clean Charges, dries, and cleans your hearing aids. Charge N Clean accessory is compatible with all technology levels of Widex Moment mRIC and sRIC (receiver in the ear) rechargeable hearing aids. Take better care of your Widex rechargeable hearing aids with Widex Hearing Aid Charge n Clean accessory. The 3-in-1 charger offers: The 4-hour charge for full-day use – 30-min charge for 4-hour hearing aid use UV-C LED treatment eliminates up to 99.99% of bacteria, yeast, and viruses Temperature stabilization throughout the charging process to ensure optimal battery performance (as recommended by battery manufacturers).
Members Pay: $235
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Signia Pure Portable Charger

The Signia Pure Portable Charger is the upgraded charger accessory for Signia AX and IX hearing aids.

This charger carries a charge and closes for ease of portability.
Members Pay: $195
Signia Pure Portable Charger
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