How To Buy Rechargeable Hearing Aids – A Check List

How to buy Rechargeable Hearing Aids - A Check List.
A checklist for buying rechargeable hearing aids.

About to buy rechargeable hearing aids? Wondering if they are worth the extra investment? Whether its your first pair or you have worn hearing aids for years, there’s a few things to consider.

Do you think you’ll use Bluetooth?

Yes, this article will tell you how to buy rechargeable hearing aids, but Bluetooth is an important consideration. Many hearing aids that are rechargeable come with Bluetooth, but this is not always the case. If you need to balance performance with budget, think about how important to have better phone calls. This is probably the number one pain-point that Bluetooth resolves. If you have difficulty hearing on the phone, Bluetooth hearing aids provide an excellent solution. But wait, there’s more. Bluetooth is power hungry. This shouldn’t be a problem when recharging your hearing aids each night. You may get a surprise however if you are expecting the same battery life as your old non-Bluetooth devices.

Will you be paying for batteries if you don’t buy rechargeable hearing aids?

Most Australians on the pension will be eligible for the Hearing Services Program. This program offers a maintenance agreement which includes battery supply. If not, you’ll need to purchase batteries as you go. Compared to the cost of upgrading to a rechargeable hearing aid to the cost of batteries over life of the device.

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How long is your day?

The operational cycle of many new rechargeable hearing aids now exceeds 24 hours. This will be plenty for of charge for most users. If you’ll be using Bluetooth for streaming phone calls, music or audio, the additional power draw could leave you short. As the battery gets old it may not last as long as it did when it was brand new. If you think you’re a power user, consider these factors.

Hearing aid manufacturers are aware of these issues and are constantly investing in better battery technology. You may wish to look for a device that has longer than average battery life. This will future-proof you to a certain extent.

Of course, if the rechargeable battery isn’t performing as expected (for example, less than 14 hours), you’ll want your Audiologist to send it for a service. Make sure you are with a clinic that will give you a pair of loan hearing aids to use in the interim.

Will you travel or live off grid with your rechargeable hearing aids?

Do you go off-grid? We have patients who monitor wombat habitat, fish for trout in Tassie, and bushwalk in the great outdoors. If this is you, do you want to hear well whilst you do it. Hearing aid rechargers are designed to work with 240v mains power. If you are thinking of getting a rechargeable hearing aid, check that its compatible with your situation first. Some people prefer the simplicity of disposable batteries in these situations.

Don’t believe the hype

As you navigate the wide selection of hearing aids on the Australian market, exersize a little caution. We all know the marketing is there to sell hearing aids. Is one brand better than another? Not really. There are better suited devices to individual needs. And there are different levels of technology that perform differently in certain circumstance. These matters are complex and difficult to make sense of. Look for an Audiologist who will act as a trusted guide to help you find the right device for you.

The patient comes first

We started A Better Ear so that we could put the patient at the centre of everything that we do. When it comes to selecting rechargeable hearing aids, we take the time to understand your needs. We stay across the broad range of devices available on the Australian market and we understand what the jargon actually means. With us, there are no secret handshakes with hearing aid manufactures, no pushy sales spiels and we always putting your interests and budget first.

If you would like to consult with a team who is in hearing care for the right reasons get in touch today.

Disclaimer: All information is general in nature. Patients should consider their own personal circumstances and seek a second opinion. Eligibility for, and services available under the Hearing Services Program may change. Please check the HSP website for up-to-date details