Hearing aids provide enormous benefits to patients struggling with hearing loss, but they can also present a unique set of challenges. For some folks, the hardest thing about hearing aids is remembering to use them consistently. For others, readjusting to the noise of the everyday world proves difficult at first.

But for many patients, the most frustrating part about hearing aid ownership is simply changing the batteries on the dang things! For those with arthritis, Parkinson’s, macular degeneration, or any number of other visual or fine-motor impairments, a task that may seem straightforward to most of us is nearly impossible.

Luckily, with recent advancements in hearing aid technology, the need for patients to fool around with batteries is becoming a thing of the past. Rechargeable hearing aids are here, offering patients a new world of convenience in long-term hearing treatment. Whether you’ve been going crazy struggling with the battery hatch on your hearing aids, or are just curious about a hassle-free alternative to traditional devices to match your busy lifestyle, these new hearing aids are something that definitely should be on your radar.

Battery-Powered Hearing Aids: The Old, Inconvenient Standard

Modern hearing aids are powerful little machines, with a lot going on under the hood. Unfortunately, because of this, they require quite a bit of power to do their job. This is why traditional, non-rechargeable hearing aids need their batteries changed on a regular basis, typically once a week..

Many patients are surprised to discover that in an era in which everybody carries around a supercomputer in their pocket and charges it via a regular outlet every night, an advanced piece of machinery like the hearing aid still requires users to swap out the batteries week after week. But until pretty recently, rechargeable hearing aids just weren’t convenient. They couldn’t yet hold a charge for a full day, they often weren’t as powerful, and to top it off, they tended to be way more expensive.

That’s why for years, hearing aid users have been forced to go through the same cumbersome process every week:

– Open the tiny door at the bottom of their hearing aids

– Remove the pill-sized battery from its packaging

– Remove the sticker from the back of the battery

– Wait the recommended full five minutes before inserting the battery into the hearing aid

– Close the battery door and insert hearing aids into ears

For most of us, this isn’t too complicated, but it does take a bit of time. And like I said before, if you have a health issue that makes fine-motor skills challenging, then this process can be maddening, to say the least.

Of course, if this process doesn’t bother you, then it’s fine to stick with battery-powered hearing aids. Despite technological advances, these older-style devices are tried-and-true tools, and will still certainly get the job done. However, if you’re fed up with batteries or eager to experience the impact of the latest hearing aid technology, read on.

Rechargeable Hearing Aids Are the Answer!

The good news is that rechargeable hearing aids have more than caught up to their battery-powered cousins. Today most rechargeable models are not only more convenient, but often more powerful too!

Most rechargeable hearing aids are built as a single sealed piece, with the battery pack integrated right into the design. To charge them, all you need to do is throw them on a handy charging dock every night before you go to sleep, and you’re good for another full day’s use. They’re more eco-friendly, water resistant, and, since they’re more cutting-edge, typically better at filtering out background noise and pinpointing a clear audio signal. 

* Starkey muse Iq rechargeable hearing aids

This is a lifesaver for patients who hate messing around with battery replacements, completely eliminating the need to buy and switch out batteries on a tight schedule. Never again will you have to worry about forgetting your weekly replacement and having the device die on you in the middle of an important meeting, or being unable to replace the batteries yourself and being forced to put away your hearing aids until a loved one can change them for you. Rechargeable hearing aids truly are a game-changer.

If you’re curious about rechargeable hearing aids and whether they might be right for you or your loved one, give us a call at 330-779-8096 or click HERE to schedule a complimentary consultation. We’ll help you step into the future of hearing aid technology, and maximize the countless benefits you’ll receive from long-term hearing health!