Recharge Them or Change Batteries

Q.  During my internet research into hearing aids, it seems like most hearing aid companies make ones that are rechargeable.  They also provide the same model hearing aid that uses batteries which need to be changed once a week or so.  Is one style of hearing aid better than another and are their any differences between them?

A.  The features and capabilities are identical between identical models of hearing aids that uses batteries or are rechargeable – they sound the same and have the same bells and whistles.  There are other differences that can affect your decision between them.

  Rechargeable hearing aids are slightly larger than their counterparts that use disposable batteries – just slightly.  With rechargeables, you must place them in their charging station for 3-6 hours over night.  Once charged, they will provide 18-24 hours of usage.  When a battery-powered hearing aid is used, you should open the battery compartment overnight to extend the life of the battery.

  Some people prefer the ‘unplug and play’ method to remove their rechargeable hearing aids from the charging station and put them on without the worry of whether or not the battery will run out during an important event or some other inconvenient time during the day.

  With batteries, you do not have to worry about taking the charging station with you on trips.  You do not need to park the aids on a charging station.  Just keep batteries handy when you need to change them.

  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin.  We are making appointments for new patients on a selective basis.  Get your hearing tested and listen some battery or rechargeable aids afterwards.  We provide coaching and adjustments during a 4-week hearing aid trial for patients to fully test out hearing aids before they make a final purchase. 

Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award.  Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad.  Since 2008, he has provided over $160,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.