Rechargeable hearing aids are designed so that you’ll need to worry less about running low on batteries, but the technology might also make you a little nervous when you depend on your devices to hear. Do rechargeable hearing aids work as well as advertised or do they even work at all?
Those questions are understandable, as is the accompanying anxiety. A hearing aid is often as necessary for the enjoyment of a television show or a movie as it is for a trip to the grocery store or any other part of daily life. It’s important that a piece of technology works correctly and reliably, especially when it affects so many facets of life.
How Do I Know What Kind of Battery I Have?
By default, most modern-day hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, so if you got your hearing aids recently it’s likely that your hearing aids will have one of two battery types. Silver-zinc batteries, which can normally be identified by a battery door on the device, are rechargeable, but every now and then they need to be replaced. A Lithium-ion battery, however, will last for the duration of the life-cycle of the hearing device and, as such, those devices will not have that telltale battery door.
How to Care For Your Rechargeable Hearing Aid
For the most part, rechargeable hearing aids do work, and they work well. As battery technology has advanced in the last few years, the dependability of these devices has increased significantly. As with any other electronic device, however, there are some easy maintenance steps that users can take to increase the reliability of their rechargeable hearing aids.
- Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean and Dry: No matter how often you use or do not use your hearing aids, they have abundant occasion to accumulate dust, debris, and moisture. Your hearing aid might not completely charge if it is subjected to any of these three elements. When connecting your hearing aid to your charging station, as with any other time, it’s a must to keep your device clean.
- Be Careful of Wires: Most hearing aids will contain a wire element of some kind, either on the charging station or on the hearing aids themselves. Being aware of these wires is essential for hearing aid users; the connection that allows the device to charge can be broken if you pull on or hold it by the wires.
- Keep Your Hearing Aids on The Charging Station: If you consistently store your rechargeable hearing aids on their recharging station you can increase the life of your battery. The long term battery life is not reduced by charging a battery that is not completely drained.In fact, ensuring that your hearing aids are charging when not in use can actually maximize your long-term battery life. For many people, putting their charging station beside their bed is a convenient reminder to charge the devices when it’s not in use.
How to Replace a Rechargeable Battery
Lithium-ion batteries will normally last the as long as your device does. So changing those batteries won’t be something you ever have to be concerned about. Your hearing aids can then be simply charged as long as necessary.
However, you will want to periodically change the batteries if you have a hearing aid that uses silver-zinc batteries. Changing batteries in the correct way can help increase the lifespan of your hearing aids. As a result, the majority of people who use these hearing aids are counseled to:
- Five minutes before removing any tabs that may be attached let the batteries sit at room temperature.
- Ensure you wash your hands before changing your hearing aid batteries.
- Keep batteries in a room temperature spot that is also certain to be dry.
- Confirm that your battery compartment is free of moisture and clean.
- Don’t eliminate any packaging or plastic tabs until you’re ready to use batteries.
Long Periods of Non-Use
If you are planning not to use your hearing aids for long periods of time, leaving them on the charger may no longer be the best way to store your devices. If, for instance, you know that you will not be wearing your hearing aids for several weeks or months, you can just unplug the charger and store your hearing aids in a dry and cool place.
If your hearing aids use silver-zinc batteries, you might also consider leaving the battery door open in order to prevent moisture from corroding your batteries.
Keep it Charged Every Day
All your basic needs should be met if you charge your hearing aids once a day. To get 24 hours worth of battery life with a lithium-ion battery will usually only require 3-4 hours per day.
Do rechargeable hearing aids work? Not only do they work, but rechargeable hearing aids will likely become much more common and dependable as the technology continues to develop. Contact your local hearing aid retailer to see all the different models