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If you've decided to try rechargeable hearing aids, then you may have to choose between silver-zinc and lithium-ion batteries. While you can charge both of these types of batteries overnight so you can use your hearing aids during the day, silver-zinc batteries have some advantages over lithium-ion alternatives.
What are the benefits of using silver-zinc hearing aid batteries?
1. Replace Your Own Batteries
One of the disadvantages of lithium-ion batteries is that they are set into your hearing aid. You can't take these batteries out yourself. When the batteries ultimately start to die, you have to take them to your hearing aid clinic or battery provider to have new ones fitted.
On the other hand, you can remove silver-zinc batteries yourself. So, when your batteries come to the end of their life, you imply switch them for new ones instantly. All you need is new batteries and switching instructions.
2. Get Emergency Battery Options
If lithium-ion batteries run out of charge, your hearing aids won't work until you recharge them on their handset. This can leave you completely without aids, which will be difficult.
The fact that silver-zinc batteries are removable helps here as well. If these batteries run down, you can take them out and use other alternatives. For example, you may keep a spare set charged and ready for emergencies. Or, you can simply take your batteries out and replace them with regular disposable batteries if you need to when you're out and about. When you get home, you simply switch the batteries back again and recharge them as usual.
3. Get Retrofit Options
If you want to switch to lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aids, you probably need completely new aids. This will cost you, and you may not be so keen to replace newer hearing aids that still have some useful life left even though you're keen to try rechargeable batteries.
In some cases, you can retrofit existing hearing aids to take silver-zinc batteries. So, you might be able to keep your current hearing aids and simply have them tweaked. They will then be compatible with this kind of rechargeable battery.
If you're keen on making a switch to rechargeable hearing aids, make an appointment at your hearing clinic. They can talk you through your options and tell you more about both types of batteries. They can also assess your current aids to see if they are compatible to be retro-fitted with silver-zinc power options.