People with hearing deficits often wonder if it’s worth it to purchase rechargeable hearing aids. We break down the top reasons people decide to purchase rechargeable hearing aids vs. disposable hearing aid batteries.
Reason #1: “I love the idea of not having to change batteries so frequently!”
We’ve had hundreds of clients over the years complain about how often they need to change batteries in their hearing aids. They feel the need to be sure to pack extra batteries when going out of town for a few days, going to work during the day, or even merely running errands for a few hours. There is nothing more frustrating than wearing hearing aids that are working well, and then don’t put out any sound because the batteries suddenly go dead. Rechargeable hearing aids ideally should last well over 24 hours per charge, giving the level of reliability users are looking for.
Reason #2: “I’ll never throw money away on batteries again!”
The idea of never having to pay for hearing aid batteries is just as much if not more than a hassle as having to change them so frequently. We have several clients who purchase their batteries from their local drug stores, and they never have any idea how long those batteries were sitting idly before their purchase. Hearing aid batteries lose battery life when the after about a year if left unopened. While rechargeable hearing aids are generally more money because of the additional cost of the hearing aid charger, clients view that as a one-time expense as opposed to spending up to twenty dollars per month on hearing aid batteries.
Reason #3: “My limited hand mobility makes changing batteries difficult.”
There is a necessary level of hand dexterity that is required to change batteries. Placing a tiny battery in a tiny battery door and then closing and opening that same door can be very difficult for many of our clients. It is especially difficult for clients who have conditions such as carpel tunnel, neuropathy, or anything that can limit hand or finger mobility. Those same clients who have a challenging time changing batteries find it very easy to simply place rechargeable hearing aids in the charger. There is no battery door to open and close, or battery that ever has to be changed. The only action required is simply placing the hearing aid in the slot of the charger. Having rechargeable hearing aids can benefit those with dexterity issues.
Reason #4: “Disposing batteries is detrimental to the environment.”
Hearing aid batteries contain zinc. It is unfortunate, but many of those batteries make their way into bodies of water we directly benefit from along with landfills. These zinc batteries left in water and landfills sadly expose animals as well. These batteries could potentially even burn a hole through a dog’s esophagus if swallowed. With rechargeable hearing aids, no such hazard exists.
If you have questions about disposable battery vs. rechargeable hearing aids, give us a call or send us a message and we’d be happy to answer your questions!