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Rechargeable Hearing Aids

The Advantages of Hearing Aids

If you are a hearing-impaired persons, the use of hearing aids presents a number of advantages. While hearing aids do not restore your hearing, they help you to hear a lot better. Imagine hearing the sounds of birds singing, water running, the howling of the wind or even the doorbell ringing. These are all sounds which you may not have heard for a very long time because of your hearing impairment. However, with the use of a hearing aid, you can hear these sounds as well as many other sounds. 

Studies have proven that the use of hearing aids also improve the physical, social and psychological sense of well-being of a hearing impaired person. The quality of life of the person improves and as a result, the person will:

feel better about themselves 

have a better relationship with family and friends

perform better on the job

be able to have a more social life 

The Battery Life of Hearing Aids

The battery life of hearing aids is quite important. In 2008, a survey was conducted amongst hearing aid wearers and 45% of the participants responded that they were not satisfied with the life of the battery of their hearing aids. One of the reasons for this could be due to the fact that innovative technology has led to new and improved capabilities in hearing aids which can drain the battery life quicker. Due to the fact that wearers of hearing aids rely heavily on them, they need to have hearing aids that they can depend on. Not only can it be quite embarrassing to be in the middle of a conversation and have your hearing aid die but it can also be quiet inconvenient and even dangerous. Rechargeable hearing aid batteries  were therefore introduced as the solution so that hearing aid wears can have the best experience without having to constantly think about the life of their batteries. 

The Development of Rechargeable Hearing Aids Batteries

Rechargeable hearing aid batteries have been in existence for quite a few decades but it wasn’t until recently that they have started to become widely used and relied upon. The first rechargeable batteries had a lot of restrictions and limitations. For example, the charging stations were quite not so easy to operate. The hearing aid needed to be placed in a specific position otherwise the batteries would not charge properly. There were also other limitations and concerns such as their sizes. As a result, they were easily overlooked for traditional zinc-air batteries. 

However, in the past few years, development of rechargeable batteries has increased greatly. A lot of time and attention was placed into developing powerful batteries which led to the development of the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH)  and the nickel-cadmium (NiCd) cell. Out of these two options, the NiMH battery has been deemed to be the better option as it provides more power than the NiCd and it does not have dangerous metals and is more environmentally friendly. 

Benefits of Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries

If you choose a rechargeable battery over the traditional battery, your greatest advantage is that you can easily charge your hearing aid at night and as a result, you will never be in an inconvenient situation whereby your hearing aid dies right in the middle of a conversation. Apart from this benefit, there are also a number of additional benefits offered by rechargeable hearing aid batteries. Below are some of these benefits.

Environmentally friendly

 Peace of Mind 

These batteries do not contain harmful metals and as a result, they are more environmental friendly. They offer you peace of mind because you no longer have to fear that your hearing aid battery could die at any given moment.

 Cost Effective

 Flexibility

 Due to the fact that they are rechargeable and reusable, they are more cost effective over time in comparison with the traditional ones.  There are certain hearing aids that allow you to use rechargeable batteries in combination with the traditional ones so they can be used as a backup.

The Future of Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries

Rechargeable hearing aid batteries are here to stay because they offer a number of advantages. Given time, education, exposure and support from hearing care professionals, rechargeable hearing aids will definitely be the future of hearing aid. It is expected that focus will be placed into making them smaller yet powerful so that they can stay on longer. If you are unsure about which hearing aid is right for you or whether or not you should choose between rechargeable or tradition batteries, you should have a performance analysis done. You can then use the information from this analysis to help you to make a better choice. 

 

 

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