There are a number of reasons why you may wish to purchase a hearing aid with a rechargeable battery option:
Hearing aids are small, therefore the batteries that power them are small. If you have limited vision or poor dexterity (such as arthritis in your fingers or due to old age), you may find changing the small batteries a challenge.
With an overnight charge, rechargeable batteries will give you a full day of power. Just like charging your phone – put it in the charger before you go to bed and you’ll have a full power charge when you wake up in the morning.
With a rechargeable hearing aid, you’ll have an easier device to use with less stress. Your rechargeable battery lasts a long time and, for some types, will last the life of your hearing aid.
Types of rechargeable batteries in today’s Hearing Aids
This is the preferred option for rechargeable hearing aids and most hearing aid brands are moving to Lithium-ion technology (sometimes referred to as Li-on). They’re based on the type of batteries used in mobile phones and provide more staying power compared to other rechargeable batteries. Lithium-ion technology has a shorter charge time, longer charge in the battery before needing to recharge, and longer life-time of battery. The hearing aid brands using the Lithium-ion option are Phonak, Signia, Starkey, ReSound, Oticon, Unitron and Hansaton.
Rechargeable hearing aids available in India are:
1) ReSound Linx Quattro Rechargeable Hearing Aid-
Released in 2018 with rechargeable option for RIC models only. This hearing aid provides 30 hours of battery life without streaming with 24 hours available when streaming. Three hours of charging time will give you full battery life. The charging case is the smallest on the market. Once charged, the case itself will give you three full charges for both hearing aids, making it a portable charging case – no power outlet required. The case simple to use without having to struggle matching up charging points on the hearing aid.
2) Phonak Marvel Rechargeable Hearing Aid-
Released in 2018 the Marvel was the first Phonak hearing aid that allowed full streaming capabilities from both Android and iPhone devices.
3) Starkey Livio Rechargeable Hearing Aid-
Starkey Livio and Livio AI are Made-For-iPhone hearing aids that are the successors to Starkey's Halo iQ family of hearing aids. The Livio AI (the top technology version of Livio) introduces a number of new features, primarily driven by the inclusion of an accelerometers and Thrive Hearing Control, a new smartphone app.