Ask Anna: Is there an easier way to change hearing aid batteries?
Ask Anna is a weekly advice column for the hearing loss community
Dear Anna: My mother has arthritis and has a hard time changing her hearing aid batteries herself. When she is with a family member or friend, they are able to help, but I would love to find a solution that allows her to be more independent. Do you have any advice? – Sara
I am sorry to hear that your mother is having a hard time changing her hearing aid batteries. Being unable to easily do this can be very frustrating, and it can also cause unnecessary anxiety. Nobody wants to feel that they are reliant on family and friends to take care of their own health.
Changing hearing aid batteries and having to remember to always carry them with you is something that has become universally accepted in the world of hearing aids because until now there has been no viable alternative.
Fortunately, developments in battery technology mean that there are now hearing aids that do not require an end user to change a battery.
Rechargeable hearing aids have batteries inside that are similar to the battery technology used in mobile phones. This means all that has to be done is to charge the hearing aids overnight in a charging device and you are ready to go for the whole day.
These rechargeable hearing aids free people from the hassles that come with disposable batteries. It could be an option to help people like your mother to regain their independence.
Phonak has just announced a new rechargeable hearing aid, called the Phonak Audéo B-R. Please reach out directly with your audiologist or hearing care professional to learn more.