Rechargeable hearing aids have arrived with the new Phonak Audéo B-R, bringing hearing technology up to the standards that we’re all used to, and making it easier to rely on your hearing aids when you need them.
For many hearing aid users, batteries are a burden, although they’ve become accustomed to carrying extra pairs with them, wherever they go.
“I’ve learned my lesson,” says Steffani Cameron, a travel blogger who wears Phonak hearing aids. “I never go anywhere without some (batteries) in my wallet.”
The typical hearing aid uses around 250 batteries in five years. For someone who wears a hearing aid on each ear, that’s 500 zinc air batteries used before the average 5-7 year life span of the hearing aid.
“Recently, one died right after I’d used the last battery for the other hearing aid,” Cameron said. “I was on my way to breakfast with cousins, and I had to rush off to find a drugstore to buy some. I’m not sure I’ve ever done anything significant without a hearing aid battery. I’m too reliant on the technology to just shrug it off and go, ‘Oh, well.’ I might as well not even attend an event without my hearing aids.”
Today, rechargeable batteries are used in nearly all portable electronic consumer devices. (Think phones, tablets, cameras, laptops, watches, and even bicycles and cars.) According to the US National Manufactures Association, the demand for rechargeable batteries is growing twice as fast as the demand for non-rechargeable.
The rechargeable Phonak Audéo B-R hearing aids have a built-in lithium ion battery that holds a charge for an entire day. The hearing aids can be fully charged in just three hours, providing 24 hours* of continuous hearing. Should you forget to charge, a quick one-hour charge provides 8 hours of battery life, enough to get a wearer through the work day.
The Phonak Audéo B-R hearing aids also come with an unique, portable charging case. This case can recharge both hearing aids for up to seven days without any external power source.
With the new rechargeable hearing aids from Phonak, you’ll never have to change a battery again. Simply place the hearing aids in the charger when you take them off to sleep – or even a short nap – and wake up with the confidence knowing you can enjoy all of the sounds the day has in store.
Visit your health care professional or audiologist to learn more about Phonak Audéo B-R hearing aids. If you don’t have a health care professional, you can locate one, here.