Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Rechargeable Hearing Aids Offer an End to Annoying Battery Replacements
While wearable, electronic amplification devices have become indispensable to their users, and a succession of innovative technological advances have extended their use in areas previously limited to those with healthy audition, they have long been plagued by one basic failing. Because they are portable devices, they must depend upon the use of battery power, so there is an ongoing need to replace their disposable batteries when they become exhausted. The development of rechargeable hearing aids now seems set to change this scenario.
Over the course of a five-year period, it is estimated that an average user will probably need to replace a typical disposable battery around 250 times. If, as is frequently the case, the user is required to wear two aids, both the number of batteries used and the cost of replacing them will obviously be doubled. This, of course, necessitates carrying spares, at least when not at home, as given that the lifespan of disposable batteries is quite limited, the need to replace one could occur at any time and with little warning.
Today, of course, the new digital models display a much broader functionality. By design, rechargeable hearing aids make allowances for the additional power required to utilise these new functions. However, just a couple of hours of streaming music transmitted wirelessly from an MP3 player, for example, could actually halve the lifespan of some disposable batteries.
An acknowledged leader in the field of assisted hearing, Phonak has been quick to address the power shortfall. We now offer a range that includes four models that provide users with the many benefits of a built-in, lithium-ion battery, including the freedom to escape the long-standing need for regular, costly, and inconvenient replacements.
Designed to deliver power for a full 24 hours on a single charge, including up to 80 minutes streaming, the choice of lithium-ion technology to power Phonak rechargeable hearing aids has some added benefits. These batteries have more usable capacity, which means that their power lasts longer between charges. Even when a recharge does eventually become necessary, these units require surprisingly little time to return to 100% capacity. In fact, the newly-launched Phonak Audéo™ B-R range can justifiably claim to be one of the fastest charging, longest-lasting rechargeables.
It takes just three hours of charging to power these units for a full 24 hours, which could be ideal for those who may need to burn a little midnight oil. However, when one is pushed for time, just a 30-minute charge should be quite enough to keep these high-performance rechargeable hearing aids operational for up to six hours.
Incidentally, this groundbreaking battery technology is not the only thing that is remarkable about the Audéo™ B-R range. Users will also be impressed by the new AutoSense OS™ operating system, which is smarter than ever. The system spells the end of any need for the wearer to constantly adjust manual controls as the nature of the sound environment varies. Instead, the new system is designed to react to such variations automatically, thus ensuring optimal performance under all conditions. Even more amazing is that the transitions are seamless and not based upon simple switching, but instead, the blending of multiple features. As a result, these rechargeable hearing aids are able to automatically select from more than 200 individual settings, in order to ensure a perfect match with any sound environment.
Have you ever needed to charge up your mobile only to discover that you have misplaced the cable or brought one that doesn’t fit? This can be very annoying. There is no need to fiddle with cables when recharging these devices, however. They can be supplied with a protective case that includes both a drying kit and a built-in charger. Alternatively, if there is no power source available, the option of a power pack offers the user a great way to manage when on a short trip, while there should be space for the compact mini charger, even in the most crowded handbag. In each case, the rechargeable hearing aids plug directly into the charger.
One thing that field studies have made quite clear is that those who have been introduced to this new battery technology are impressed by its many valuable benefits and have not hesitated to recommend it to others. Users value the fact that they can recharge their aids quickly and easily at any time. Needless to say, they are equally impressed with the performance of our rechargeable hearing aids.