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The Benefits of Battery Hearing Aids | Lexie Lumen

Your hearing aids affect the quality of your life and need to be ready when you need them. You do not want your hearing to be interrupted by beeping sounds or voices that say, “low battery”. When you start wearing your hearing aids they become part of your daily routine and a lifelong ritual. For some users, it is the first thing that they put in when they wake up in the morning and for others, they do so just before leaving the house. Hearing aids can become extremely comfortable to wear and easy to forget about. Only when you take them off before bed or lose battery power, the sudden difference in hearing reminds you of a different life.

Due to their busy lifestyles, when users take off their hearing aids, they often 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. However, unlike traditional zinc-aid hearing aid batteries, rechargeable hearing aids are not really as convenient, quick, easy, or cost-effective.

Big decisions on how to keep them powered

We are bombarded daily with new technology and a need to be environmentally conscious. These technologies offer more efficient ways to do things while promising to save time, money, and effort. When it comes to your hearing aids, you’ll need to make the decision between using zinc-air batteries or purchasing more expensive rechargeable hearing aids.

Both zinc-air batteries and rechargeable hearing aids offer the wearer great benefits, however, this doesn’t make the decision between the two any easier. Lexie Hearing has made the decision much easier by helping you decide what would be the best and most convenient option for your Lexie Lumen hearing aid as well as a long-term hearing aid benefit. Lexie has opted to use size 312 zinc-air batteries to power Lexie Lumen hearing aids, to ensure that the hearing aids are ready when you need them to be.

6 benefits of zinc-air batteries

1. You can set a reminder

If you are a regular hearing aid user that tends to wear hearing aids every day for the same amount of time, then you will see that zinc-air batteries tend to last the same amount of time 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 require them. You are a lot freer to use your hearing aids anywhere and anytime without needing 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 and leave you without a hearing aid when you need it most.

3. Spares can be left at home or work

The 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 three or four years on a shelf without being used. 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 as 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 own 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. Luckily you can be assured that your hearing aid batteries are available across 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 in the event that you need to purchase batteries for your hearing aid, you only have to look for the corresponding color of your hearing aid batteries making it easy to keep your hearing aids powered when you are traveling.

6. Low cost

Purchasing a hearing aid from any provider comes with additional hearing aid maintenance costs. Batteries are one of those items. Rechargeable units can be expensive to replace and the total replacement costs can be more than replacing zinc-air batteries. Many charging units can only be purchased from a hearing health care provider and that might lead to additional appointment fees, depending on the provider. Zinc-air batteries are readily available at most pharmacies, stores, or as part of bundles when you purchase your hearing aids.

B. Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and article author

Written byMarcellé Swanepoel

B. Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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