Are Rechargeable Hearing Aids Better for the Environment?
Hearing loss is a common problem in Australia, with one in every six people suffering from some form of hearing loss.
However, only one in every five people who would benefit from a hearing aid wears one.
There are many different styles of hearing aids available, such as behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, in-the-canal and more. However, hearing aids only come with one of two battery options available.
Most commonly, hearing aids are known to have disposable batteries, where the wearer changes the battery when it runs out. However, rechargeable hearing aid batteries are becoming a popular choice due to their environmental benefits.
What Are Rechargeable Hearing Aids?
Rechargeable hearing aids are one of the new styles available to hearing aid wearers.
Unlike traditional hearing aids, where the user has to buy disposable batteries and switch them out when they run dry, rechargeable hearing aid batteries only need to be charged at night and ready to go the next day.
The most common rechargeable battery used in hearing aids is a lithium-ion battery, usually lasting three to four years.
More and more hearing aid manufacturers are coming out with hearing aids that use a rechargeable battery because of their benefits, especially for the environment.
Are Rechargeable Hearing Aids Environmentally-Friendly?
Put simply, yes, rechargeable hearing aids are environmentally-friendly.
Every year, wearers can use around 100 or more disposable batteries that mostly end up in landfills, which have the potential to leak toxic heavy metals into the soil, surface and groundwater, which can have a detrimental effect on the environment.
So, because you’re only using one battery every three to four years with rechargeable hearing aids, you’re creating less waste.
Signia, which is one of the world’s leading hearing aid brands, has proven its rechargeable hearing aids have 65% less environmental impact compared to traditional hearing aids with disposable batteries.
Key improvements were found in areas such as climate change (57%), human toxicity non-cancer (76%), land use (87%) and marine eco-toxicity (78%).
Some of the most popular rechargeable hearing aids include
- Signia Styletto X
- Signia Pure Charge & Go X
- Resound LiNX Quattro
- Resound One
- Phonak Marvel
- Phonak Paradise
Other Benefits of Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Being environmentally friendly isn’t the only benefit of rechargeable hearing aids, here are some more advantages below.
Long shelf life
Current generations of rechargeable hearing aids use lithium-ion batteries, which can hold charge for up to 30 hours and last for three to five years before needing replacement.
In contrast, hearing aids with disposable batteries require swapping them out every few days to weeks, depending on the model.
Disposable batteries are extremely dangerous if accidentally swallowed by children or pets. However, since batteries in rechargeable hearing aids are sealed, they don’t pose this risk.
Easier to handle
Individuals who have dexterity issues or don’t want to worry about constantly buying and changing batteries will definitely benefit from rechargeable hearing aids.
Instead of dealing with small batteries and packaging that’s hard to get into, individuals can easily remove their hearing aids from their ears, put them on charge overnight and have them ready to be worn the next day without any issues.
No extra costs
When individuals use hearing aids with disposable batteries, they can often spend up to $100 per year on batteries. However, with rechargeable hearing aids, the battery is built into the unit, meaning you can charge it over and over without having to pay extra to buy new batteries.
Moisture and dust protection
Rechargeable batteries are completely sealed, meaning they’re more resistant to dust and moisture. Because of this, they have improved performance, longer lifespans and require less maintenance than traditional hearing aids with disposable batteries.
Rechargeable batteries are more effective and efficient when streaming sound directly from your TV or receiving phone calls through Bluetooth.
Peace of mind
For many individuals who wear hearing aids with disposable batteries, there is the constant wondering of when the battery is going to die, creating a stressful and anxiety-inducing experience.
Since rechargeable hearing aids are charged every night and can last up to 30 hours, wearers don’t have to worry about their battery dying throughout the day.
When to Know if You Need Hearing Aids
No one can just decide one day to get hearing aids. The first thing you have to do, especially if you’ve noticed your hearing deteriorate, is book a comprehensive hearing test.
At Attune Hearing, our accredited audiologists perform comprehensive hearing tests that determine the type and severity of your hearing loss (if you have one).
If your results show a hearing loss, the audiologist will recommend hearing aids to help you hear sounds you thought you had lost. The type of hearing aid you choose will depend on your hearing loss and style preferences.
Suppose you want to purchase a rechargeable hearing aid but aren’t sure what would be right for you. In that case, our audiologists are happy to help answer any questions you may have and recommend the best hearing aid for you based on your audiogram results.
You can book a hearing test online or call us on 1300 736 702.