A Run Down On Rechargeable Hearing Aids For 2017

The Latest Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Spurred on by our friends at Hearing Aid Know who have written a good article on rechargeable hearing aids we decided to look at them ourselves. Rechargeable hearing aids aren't exactly new. In fact, they have been around for quite a while. Both Siemens and Hansaton offered a range of rechargeable hearing aids for many years. However, up to the introduction of new battery technology last year, hearing care professionals had not adopted them widely.

Not Very Efficient

The reason was that the older technology was not very efficient. The batteries did not have enough power for a full day of use, especially if you were a power user. That all changed with the introduction of two new types of rechargeable hearing aid technology.

Last year, we saw the introduction of Silver-Zinc rechargeable systems and Lithium-Ion rechargeable systems. Now, a full day of use and even more is offered by the new systems, so hearing care professionals are happier to consider them for people who would benefit from them.

The Different Systems

So what is the difference between the systems? First, let's talk about Lithium-Ion.  These systems are sealed in the hearing aids, which means that they can't be changed out by the user. Lithium-Ion batteries will also have to be replaced every four years or so. The changes will have to be done either in the factory, such as with Phonak aids, or in the office with Signia aids. 

Silver-Zinc systems are completely different.  The batteries will have to be replaced once a year.  However, the cost is negligible and the user can do it themselves. Silver-Zinc systems can also use normal hearing aid batteries, which means that if you forget to charge your hearing aids, you can simply use normal hearing aid batteries.

This is probably the reason that most of the big hearing aid brands have decided to use the Silver-Zinc system.  With that all said, let's take a look at what is available. 

Unitron Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Unitron

Stride M R Hearing Aids

Stride M R rechargeable behind the ear hearing aid

A Rechargeable BTE Hearing Aid

Unitron introduced a new rechargeable aid with a rechargeable BTE, the Stride M R. It is their first ever rechargeable behind the ear hearing aid.  The device runs on Silver-Zinc rechargeable batteries and has a similar charger as their Moxi devices. There is an auto-on feature so when you take the hearing aids out of the charger they come on automatically, something that many users welcome.

Unitron uses the Z Power system, as do many others, and it is a pretty good all around rechargeable system. It offers some pretty serious running time and also the benefit of being able to use standard batteries if you forget to charge. 

What are the key features

  • Rechargeable silver-zinc power cell
  • 24 hours continuous use
  • Available in all technology levels ( Pro, 800, 700, 600 and 500 )
  • Easy to replace battery
  • Can use disposable batteries if needed
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Unitron

Moxi Fit R Hearing Aids

Unitron Moxi Fit R

Smallest Rechargeable Hearing Aids Ever

Unitron introduced the Moxi Fit R rechargeable receiver in canal (RIC) hearing aid option, alongside the new Tempus platform. The Moxi Fit R is the smallest rechargeable hearing aid ever.  The rechargeable kit can also be bought separately and be fitted to existing Moxi Fits.

What are the key features

  • 30 hours of use on one charge (24 hours with streaming)
  • The most stable battery tech
  • Smallest ever rechargeable hearing aid
  • Easy to change to a disposable battery if you forget to charge
  • Backwards compatible with older models
  • Offered in all technology levels (Pro, 800, 700, 600 and 500)
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With the introduction of the Moxi Fit R, Unitron now has both the smallest ever RIC hearing aid (the recently introduced Moxi Now), and the smallest ever rechargeable hearing aid in their line-up.

Resound Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aids

Resound introduced their rechargeable hearing aids in August 2017. They have also decided to use the Z Power Silver-Zinc battery technology.  

Resound

LiNX 3D LT61 DRWZ

Resound LiNX 3D rechargeable Hearing Aid

The new addition to the LiNX 3D product line is a completely new form factor, and is similar in size (if a little different) from their existing LT61. The device is officially designated the LT61-DRWZ and it runs on a 312 rechargeable battery, which is supplied by Z Power along with the recharging cradle technology. That means there should be plenty of power for a full day of use even if you are streaming audio and taking phone calls. 

What are the key features

  • Rechargeable Silver-Zinc power cell
  • 24 hours continuous use with almost endless streaming
  • Easy charging
  • Can use normal hearing aid batteries
  • Available in all technology levels

Stay tuned for the second part of this article and we will discuss other rechargeable hearing aids available in 2017.

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