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The latest in hearing aids: Why go rechargeable?

Like any other technology, hearing aids are always evolving to bring you better performance, additional features, and more convenience. One of the latest revolutions in hearing technology is the introduction of rechargeable hearing aids.

Hearing aid wearers may choose a rechargeable option for several reasons. Rechargeable hearing aids do not rely on typical disposable batteries, and they can save you money in the long-term as batteries can cost up to $150 per year. They also have a less significant environmental impact.

Disposable batteries typically last 3-7 days, depending on the type and size of the hearing aid you have. For many people, it is preferable to put the hearing aids on a charger at night, rather than worry about changing batteries every few days. Depending on the model, some rechargeable hearing aids have the option to use traditional batteries as a back-up just in case.

Because it’s as simple as charging your phone, rechargeable hearing aids can also be a great option for those with limited dexterity and/or vision who have trouble inserting batteries themselves. Most chargers are small and portable, so they can fit easily into a bag for travel. Some chargers do not even need to be plugged into the wall at all times.

Most of today’s rechargeable hearing aids will give you a charge that lasts at least a full 24 hours, and some will give you a partial charge depending on how long you leave them on the charger. The length of the charge can also be affected by your use. For example, if you are streaming media to your hearing aids all day it could cause the power to drain sooner than if you were to spend your time in a quiet environment.

To learn more about rechargeable hearing aids, make an appointment with Audiology Associates at 661-284-1900.

Patrice Rifkind, Au.D. and Kevin Bolder, Au.D work with clients in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys. For more information, go online to www.AudiologyAssociates.net, or stop by our office at 23838 Valencia Blvd, Ste. 100, Valencia.

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