Rechargeable Hearing Aids with Lithium-Ion Batteries
No More Fiddling With Batteries!
Rechargeable hearing aids now use long-lasting Lithium-Ion batteries, and are available only in the most popular RIC (Receiver-In-Canal) behind-the-ear hearing systems.
One of the advantages of the Lithium-Ion Rechargeable systems is that the hearing aids are completely sealed and have a very high moisture resistance rating, which will lead to longer hearing aid life and better performance. There are no custom in-the-ear rechargeable options currently available from any major manufacturer.
Why Lithium-Ion Batteries?
Lithium-ion battery technology is creeping into all gadgets – and hearing aids are no exception. Why? – because lithium-ion batteries charge quicker, last longer per charge, and the batteries do not degrade over time. Lithium-ion batteries are now integrated into hearing aids, and the user no longer has to change the batteries every week. Rechargeable hearing aids work well with Blue-Tooth streaming from cell phones also. The rechargeable batteries will last 24-30 hours of use per day, and are kept in the charger overnight each day for re-charging.
Below we take a look at the latest RIC rechargeable hearing systems available.
Recommended Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Hearing Aids
ReSound Quattro: Lithium-Ion
ReSound launched the latest LiNX Quattro lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid in 2019, offering ‘made for iphone’ technology. So the Linx Quattro was one of the first all-encompassing technology’ lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid systems.
The portable charger holds a charge for 5-7 travel days, and can recharge the hearing aids 3 times without being plugged in, when traveling or camping. Battery lasts 4-5 years before needing to be replaced.
Resound also has the very best free cell phone app in the industry that acts as an advanced remote control allowing many user options.
LiNX Quattro rechargeable hearing aids
Phonak entered the rechargeable hearing aid market in 2017 – with the Audeo B-R (receiver-in-canal), Bolero B-PR and Naida-B-R (BTE models) and they have a good range to choose from.
The most recent product is the Phonak Audeo Marvel – lithium-ion rechargeable which has the first ever ‘made for android and iPhone‘ hearing aid streaming compatibility.
3 hours charge gives a full day’s use. The battery lasts 4-5 years before needing to be replaced.
Phonak Marvel comes with the standard charger, and Phonak also offers a mini-charger option (an additional charge) with the hearing aids.
Phonak has a basic cell phone app that allows volume changes only.
The current rechargeable hearing aids by Sivantos include Signia Pure Charge & Go, the larger BTE Signia Motion Charge&Go, and the ultra slim Signia Styletto and Signia Styletto Connect.
Charger gives 19 hours of use on one full charge. A full charge takes 3 hours. Portable charger holds 4 days of cable free charging power. Batteries lasts 2 years before expiring – the hearing aids will need to be returned for upgrade (a charge may apply if the warranty has expired).
The Signia My Control cell phone app allows the user control of volume and program changes.
- Signia Styletto Hearing Aids
Starkey Muse iQ-R: Lithium-Ion
Starkey’s first foray into the world of lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aids came in 2018 – the MUSE iQ-R RIC (receiver-in-canal) hearing aid.
Portable charger can charge the hearing aids for 3 days without plugging in. Charging gives up to 30 hours of wearing use AND streaming. The optional mini-turbo charger provides 3.5 hours use in just 7 minutes of charging!
Starkey’s cell phone app for their Rechargeable hearing systems is called the Thrive Hearing Control app for the Livio line.