Rechargeable vs. disposable batteries.
Hearing aids are small yet powerful devices - powered by even smaller batteries. Depending on the type of hearing aid you use, the kind of battery that fuels it will vary. The two main types, however, are rechargeable hearing aid batteries and disposable hearing aid batteries. Each offers its own set of pros and cons dependent on your lifestyle and your needs. Let's take a look to help you decide which is right for you, and to better understand the most essential features of your hearing device.
Rechargeable hearing aid batteries are becoming more and more common due to their convenience. Lithium-ion technology allows you the freedom to make the most of your day without having to worry about losing power. These 100% rechargeable hearing aids are:
Disposable zinc air batteries come in four sizes and are color-coded to help you remember the right size for your hearing aid. The batteries are air-activated, which means they do not begin working until the colored tab is removed and air enters the battery cell. Remove and discard the tab only when you are ready to use the battery. There is no need to place the tab back on the battery.
Both rechargeable and disposable hearing aid batteries can have benefits and drawbacks. Weighing these pros and cons can help you make a more informed and confident decision when purchasing a hearing aid.
Rechargeable hearing aids can be helpful for people with dexterity issues, as they don't have to fiddle with small disposable batteries. Additionally, they can be safer for or around children, who might accidentally swallow disposable hearing aid batteries. Rechargeable hearing aid batteries are also better for the environment as they don't need to be thrown away or recycled nearly as often.
On the other hand, these types of hearing aid batteries do need to be recharged every night. That means forgetting to charge overnight could lead to a day without a working hearing aid. Plus, you need to remember to pack the charging station for overnight trips. The benefit of disposable hearing aid batteries is that you can run out to a drug store to purchase new ones if need be.
There are also fewer models of rechargeable hearing aids on the market for now, so you might not be able to find a type you prefer. For example, many rechargeable models are behind-the-ear rather than in-ear styles. Opting for a hearing aid with disposable batteries may give you more options to choose from.