Electric “rechargeable” cars are becoming more popular, so why not rechargeable hearing aids? “I couldn’t live without it.” expressed a patient who has worn hearing aids for 40 years , describing her excitement about the new lithium ion rechargeable hearing aids. She was hesitant at first because of fear of reliability but they have proven to be a good product after a year of consistency. She explained, “I just charge them at night and don’t have to monkey with the batteries anymore”.
It is a common hesitation from people who like the idea of just putting in a new battery when it stops, but more and more patients are changing to the rechargeable for dexterity concerns or just for the convenience. First generation rechargeable batteries had some intermittency concerns but the second generation lithium ion and moving forward we don’t see many problems at all. Most patients are very pleased with the lithium ion rechargeable batteries. The chargers are user friendly even for caregivers to use and small and easy for travel. It doesn’t seem that Air-zinc “throw away” batteries are going away anytime soon but for those who want more convenience, rechargeable is winning the hearts of a lot of hearing aid users.