Thinking of buying a rechargeable hearing aid? Regardless of whether its your first pair or if you have worn hearing aids for years, here’s a few things to consider before purchase.
Do you think you’ll use Bluetooth?
Many hearing aids that are rechargeable come with Bluetooth, but this is not always the case. If you are balancing performance with budget, have a good think about how important it is for you 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.
Will you be paying for batteries?
Most Australians on the pension will be eligible for the Hearing Services Program which offers a maintenance agreement including battery supply. If this isn’t you, you’ll need to purchase batteries as you go. When compared to the cost of upgrading to a rechargeable hearing aid you’ll find that buying batteries becomes more expensive before the end of the hearing aid’s life.
Do you have a plan for recycling spent batteries?
Whether you go for disposable batteries or a rechargeable hearing aid, you’ll need to consider what to do with the batteries when you are done. Despite the name disposable batteries aren’t disposable. The must be recycled because of the valuable and sometimes dangerous metals they contain. Typical replaceable batteries will last between 3-7 days before they need to be replaced.
A Better Ear offers a recycling service, as do many responsible retailers such as Bunnings and Woolworths.
How long is your day?
With an operational cycle of around 20 hours, a rechargeable hearing aid will provide plenty of charge for most users. If you intend to use Bluetooth for streaming phone calls, music or audio for a few hours a day, this consumes more battery life and so you could find yourself short. In addition, as the battery gets older it may not hold up as well as it did when it was brand new. These factors can combine to result in rechargeable aids providing a little less than is desired by some power users.
Of course, if the rechargeable battery isn’t performing as expected (for example, less than 14 hours), we’ll send it for a service and give you a pair of loan hearing aids to use in the interim.
Do you travel or live off grid?
If you go off-grid to tend and monitor wombat habitat, fish for trout is a Tassie stream, or bushwalk in the great outdoors, you might want to be able to hear your partner and the sounds of Australian wildlife whilst you do it. Hearing aid rechargers are designed to work with 240v mains power, so 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.
The patient comes first
We started A Better Ear as an independent hearing clinic so that we could put the patient at the centre of everything that we do. When it comes to selecting a hearing aid, we take the time to understand your needs and match them to the broad range of devices available on the Australian market. We have no secret handshakes with hearing aid manufactures, no pushy sales spiels and 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