To Charge or Not to Charge?

What’s your style of battery?

Being able to hear is very important and our sense of sound should never go neglected. When purchasing hearing aids there are many factors that we want to consider. Let’s face it, buying a hearing aid for most of us will not boil down to a decision based on impulse. One of the choices is to purchase a hearing aid that is rechargeable.  I will discuss a matter that is dear to us all and that matter is whether to go for the rechargeable option or to use disposable batteries. It may not seem like a big deal, but thousands of people struggle with choosing which is the better option. At the end of the day it comes down to that of a personal decision.


Do you feel like your fingers are big and clunky and get in the way of each other? Or do you have fingers geared towards surgical precision? When you are dealing with disposable batteries you want to have confidence that you can pick up the battery and place it in the battery door. I have heard many stories where people are on all fours searching for batteries or find themselves hysterically watching the battery roll from one end of the kitchen floor to the other. There are others who handle disposable batteries quite easily and rather enjoy the process of taking the batteries out and replacing them weekly.

Ease of use:

The rechargeable option allows a person to simply place the hearing aids in the charger at night and upon waking, place the hearing aids in their ears. No need to change the battery weekly. You don’t have to worry about draining your battery when it’s not in use or panicking because you forgot to restock your battery supply. This is also convenient if your vision is compromised and you can’t see well.  Sometimes you can use disposable batteries with your hearing aids if the need was to ever arise.

Others have mentioned they find the rechargeable option worrisome because they feel that if they forgot a night of charging, they would have to go without hearing for a while. It’s worth mentioning that you would never want to put a disposable battery into a battery charger. With the disposable batteries you simple must remember to open the battery door at night time to turn them off.


The debate as to which option is better could go on and on. One question posed quite often is how long will the battery last. This will all depend on the wearer of the hearing aids. If you are streaming using the ever draining Bluetooth, the battery will fail or drain faster. This applies to both the disposable and the rechargeable battery. If you have disposables however and do not turn them off when not in use, then this will contribute to you having to change the battery more often. The size of the battery matters. The more energy the battery can store the longer it will last when all things are equal. Consider the cost of buying disposable batteries versus a rechargeable solution over a long period of time.   The rechargeable will save money over the long run.  The batteries longevity in both cases depend on the user.

Sustainability (Green):

Another good thing about battery chargers is that you are not filling our landfills with little batteries.  The battery charger can be more green.

But while you are considering which style of battery to get for your hearing aids, consider coming to Chears Audiology where we have both options to choose from. Not only will you get energy from your batteries, you will get a nice charge from our electric audiologist, not to mention the boost you need from our positive atmosphere!

By Jeffery Bostic

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