Currently an estimated 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids. Finding the right pair can improve your physical, mental and emotional health and let you continue to live your life the way you want. Deciding what pair to get largely depends on your individual hearing needs and preferences.
One choice that will be important to make is what kind of battery you prefer for your device. Let’s examine your options to see what might be right for you.
Rechargeable vs Disposable Batteries
Standard disposable zinc-air batteries are the go-to for many hearing aids. They are color and number-coded for easy replacement. The type of replaceable battery needed depends on the style and size of your hearing aids and includes:
- 5 (red)
- 10 (yellow)
- 13 (orange)
- 312 (brown)
- 675 (blue)
There are also rechargeable hearing aids, which use lithium-ion batteries and come with a docking station for overnight charging.
Rechargeable batteries have some obvious benefits, one of the biggest being convenience. If you’re traveling this holiday season and you have rechargeable hearing aids, you don’t have to worry about packing a ton of extra batteries before you catch your flight at Sacramento International Airport.
Rechargeable batteries should also be able to last between 20-30 hours between charges. If you charge them at night when you sleep, they should be ready to give a whole day’s use when you wake up in the morning. The batteries themselves last up to five years before needing to be replaced.
Comparatively, disposable batteries last anywhere from 3-21 days depending on factors like size, hearing aid style, amount of use, and whether you stream media into your device. This means you could end up going through 100 disposable batteries a year, which makes rechargeable batteries a more environmentally friendly choice as well.
Figuring Out the Right Choice for You
While rechargeable batteries have a lot of benefits there are some limitations as well. Currently, rechargeable batteries are not available in every style. If a certain style works best for you but doesn’t have a rechargeable option, disposable batteries might be the way to go.
Also, while rechargeable batteries are undoubtedly convenient, losing your charger or having your hearing aids die when out in public could cause problems. It can be much easier and quicker to replace a battery than locate another charger or find a place to plug one in when you’re not at home.
It might be helpful for you to write out a pros and cons list that includes things like usability, convenience, style and cost. By figuring out what’s most important, you and your audiologist can help select the perfect pair for you.
For more information or to talk with a hearing aid expert, schedule an appointment with Elk Grove Hearing Care today!