Rechargeable Aids and Power Outages

Q.   I have a new pair of rechargeable hearing aids.  I lost power from Feb 15th through the 18th.  Without power in my home, how can I charge my hearing aids?

A.  Your rechargeable hearing aids might allow you to remove the rechargeable battery and replace it with a ‘throw away’ air zinc battery.  Ask your hearing center if this is the case.

  If your charging unit has a USB charging connection, charge your hearing aids in a vehicle with a USB charging port.  A power inverter converts the DC power from a car battery to AC current.  Plug your charging unit into the inverter and charge your hearing aids.  Use a camping style solar panel that can charge a device like a cell phone or laptop.  Plug in your charging unit and charge your hearing aids.

  To conserve the remaining power in your rechargeable hearing aids and wear them selectively, manually turn them off by holding down the volume switch for about four seconds.  Turn them back on by holding down the volume button for about two seconds.  Contact your hearing center or refer to your user guide for the specifics steps to manually turn off and turn on your hearing aids.

  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for a thorough, well explained ear and hearing exam.  You can listen to hearing aids at your appointment.  We then provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments so you can fully try out hearing aids before you make a final purchase. 

Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and 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 $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.