Man holding the Lexie Lumen hearing aids in their Lexie box. The Lexie Lumens are battery hearing aids that are high quality and affordable

The Benefits of Battery Hearing Aids

Published: May 14, 2021

Updated: July 19, 2022

Your hearing aids affect the quality of your life and should always be ready when you need them. You do not want your hearing interrupted by beeping sounds or voices that say, “low battery”.

Your hearing aids become part of your daily routine and a lifelong ritual. For some people, they are the first thing that they put in when they wake up in the morning. Others put them on before leaving the house. Hearing aids can become comfortable to wear and easy to forget about. It’s only when a person takes them off or loses battery power that they notice the sudden difference.

Many people have very busy lives. As a result, they forget to prepare their hearing aids for the next use. They forget to switch them off, to wipe or put them in the dehumidifier, or to charge their rechargeable hearing aids.

We often turn to modern technology to help us manage our time. Rechargeable hearing aids are often seen as the optimal solution for busy lifestyles. This is not always the case. They are not as convenient or cost-effective as zinc-air battery hearing aids.

Big decisions on how to keep them powered

While new technologies may seem appealing, it is vital to weigh their benefits against the need to be more environmentally conscious. These new technologies offer more efficient ways to do things while promising to save time, money, and effort, but may not always do so.

Both zinc-air batteries and rechargeable hearing aids offer the wearer great benefits. This doesn’t make the decision between the two any easier. Lexie Hearing has tried to make the decision much easier. Some of Lexie’s offerings use size 312 zinc-air batteries to power Lexie hearing aids. This ensures that the hearing aids are ready when you need them, which is the most important thing.

6 benefits of zinc-air batteries

1. You can set a reminder

If you wear your hearing aids every day, you’ll see that zinc-air batteries tend to last the same every week. You’ll be prepared to change them because you’ll know when they will most likely run out of power. Zinc-air batteries have a flat discharge voltage. This means that the voltage stays the same in the battery up to the point where it has no more power left. This is the ideal type of power that you need to drive your hearing aids. It will not cause fluctuations in your hearing because the hearing aid loses power.

2. No charging issues

Zinc-air batteries are not dependent on charging units, cables, electricity, or plugs. This makes it convenient and efficient to get your hearing aids up and running when you need them. They give you more freedom to use your hearing aids anywhere, anytime. This means you won’t have to carry around bulky charging equipment. Many rechargeable hearing aids also need to be charged in a cycle. Any disruption to that cycle can cause the hearing aids to stop working, leaving you without a hearing aid when you need it most.

3. Leave spares at home or work

The Lexie Lumen hearing aid uses size 312 batteries. They are small and compact, and the packaging takes little space. They have a good shelf life too. Your zinc-air batteries can last up to four years on a shelf. They will start to fade but at a slow pace. In ideal conditions, they only lose around 3% of their power per year. So having extra or emergency batteries around your work or home is not a waste of money. They will still be able to keep your hearing aid powered whenever you need them.

4. More control over your hearing aids

Being able to take out the battery from your hearing aid gives you more control over your hearing aids. It allows you to do your troubleshooting when things go wrong and that can save you money and time. It also acts as a reminder that you must care for your hearing aids, especially by keeping them clean and dry.

5. Available across the globe.

Traveling with hearing aids may bring some challenges. Fortunately, hearing aid batteries are available all over the world. Hearing aid batteries may have different names or codes used to identify them. However, all manufacturers use the same color coding for each battery size. So if you need to buy batteries for your hearing aid, you only have to look for the corresponding color. This makes it easy to keep your hearing aids powered when you are traveling.

6. Low cost

Hearing aids need maintenance and may include extra expenses like batteries. Rechargeable units can be expensive to replace. The replacement cost can be more expensive than replacing zinc-air battery hearing aids. Charging units are also only available from a hearing health care provider. This might lead to more appointment fees, depending on the provider. Zinc-air batteries are readily available at most pharmacies or stores. Lexie Hearing includes enough batteries to last 4-5 months with your hearing aid.

Image of post writer Marcellé Swanepoel.

Written by Marcellé Swanepoel

B. Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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