Rechargeable Hearing Aids From The Top Hearing Aid Brands

All the Rechargeable hearing aids from all the big hearing aid manufacturers

Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aids 2018

Rechargeable hearing aids have proven hugely popular with hearing aid users. All of the big hearing aid brands have taken notice and they all have introduced them to their ranges. This article is dedicated to all of the rechargeable hearing aids offered by the big brands and will be updated as more new innovations come along. 

Phonak was, of course, the first brand to introduce the modern range of rechargeable hearing aids but they were quickly followed by Signia. The two market leaders introduced Lithium-Ion powered rechargeable hearing aids. The rest of the brands went for Silver-Zinc powered rechargeable hearing aids powered by the Z-Power system. However, Starkey introduced a Lithium-Ion powered rechargeable hearing aid in 2018 as well as the Z-Power system powered device they introduced in 2017. There are pros and cons to both systems and you can read about them here

As I said, rechargeable hearing aids have really grown in favour since the introduction of modern devices. As you by now will realise, there are two modern rechargeable hearing aid system types, each having their strengths and weaknesses. I keep saying modern because rechargeable hearing aids have been around for a long time. Of the so-called "Big 6" hearing aid manufacturers, Signia (the artist who was formerly called Siemens, a long-standing joke here) was the only brand with rechargeable hearing devices up until recently.  They have been doing rechargeable hearing aids the longest.

However, before last year, they based their rechargeable battery systems on nickel metal hydride. The battery wasn't adequate for most people, and the charge often would not last through the day especially if you were using any audio streaming. All of those problems went away with the introduction of Lithium-Ion and Silver-Zinc rechargeable battery systems.

As I said, Signia was not the first to the market with Lithium Ion; Phonak pipped them at the post with their "Audeo B-R" product line. The power pack design is similar though, with the battery lasting up to 30 hours on a charge and a lifespan of 3-4 years. This system does not allow the easy replacement of the power pack. The other hearing aid brands are using the Silver-Zinc technology. This system combines the best of both worlds, offering over thirty hours of use on one charge, and you can change the batteries to traditional hearing aid batteries if you forget to charge.

Why Should You Consider Rechargeable Hearing Aids?

There are many reasons why you should consider buying rechargeable hearing aids and I would like to set them out here. Generally, rechargeable hearing aid options are no more, or little more expensive than the models that use traditional hearing aid batteries, so the cost of adoption is negligible. In the next few paragraphs, I will compare Silver-Zinc rechargeable batteries to disposable batteries. Lithium-Ion power packs are a little different in nature and need to be replaced once every three to four years. I am still unsure of the cost of replacement of Lithium-Ion power packs. So I haven't discussed them here. 

Ease of Use

Rechargeable hearing aids offer real ease of use to you, no fiddling around with little batteries every few days. The size of hearing aid batteries, and in fact hearing aids themselves, can be irritating and troubling to users, especially if they have eyesight or dexterity issues. Just removing the disposable battery from the packaging can be a mini-nightmare for some people, let alone opening the battery compartment and getting the damn battery in there!So, if you have decreased dexterity or a condition that numb the fingertips, such as arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, and Parkinson’s disease well then, rechargeable hearing aids are most definitely for you. Rechargeable hearing aids are simply put into the charger at night, and in the morning they are ready for use. More than that, you don't need to remember to buy batteries, you don't need to remember to carry spares, you never run out and generally your battery won't let you down at the very worst moment. 

Good For The World

Rechargeable batteries are far greener and better for the environment than disposable hearing aid batteries. With silver-zinc rechargeable batteries, you will need to replace them once a year, during a five-year time-frame, you will need 8 batteries. During the same time span, you will need on average 520 disposable batteries.

Generally Cost-Neutral

 When you need to replace your rechargeable silver-zinc batteries, it will cost you on average maybe £50. So basically, apart from utility costs (electricity), a year's worth of rechargeable bliss is around fifty quid. If you shop very carefully, you could probably buy a year's worth of disposable batteries for around the same price. So the cost is probably relatively neutral. For those people who don't shop for their hearing aid batteries online, rechargeable batteries are probably a far cheaper option. 

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Oticon Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aids

Oticon was a little late to the party with their Rechargeable hearing aids offer. In an announcement reported here in April 2017, Oticon announced the expansion of the models on the Opn range . That expansion also included a brand new rechargeable model. Oticon went down the route of the Z Power Silver Zinc technology which makes a lot of sense. Z Power systems offer real versatility and a lot of power. Although the hearing aids were announced in April, they were not available in the UK and Ireland until November 2017 

 

Oticon Opn rechargeable hearing aids

Oticon

Opn 1 Mini RITE Rechargeable

This is a wireless slimline Rechargeable 'Mini-Receiver-In-the-Ear (miniRITE)' hearing aid using a rechargeable Silver-Zinc 312 battery (can also use disposable hearing aid batteries). All Oticon Opn miniRITE hearing aids sold since the introduction last year and going forward can be retrofitted to be rechargeable with a kit that will also be available.

They are small and pretty discreet hearing devices and come in a range of shades and bright colours. They offer four levels of receiver power allowing hearing losses from mild to severe to profound to be fitted. The internet-enabled Oticon Opn comes with a number of additional features because it can connect to devices via the internet and Bluetooth. The hearing aids will connect directly to your Apple Smartphone so you can make phone calls and listen to music without any intermediate streaming device.

You can find out more about the latest Oticon hearing aids here

Oticon Opn Prices

  • UK: From £1700.00 to £2200.00
  • Ireland: From €2400.00 to €3000.00
  • USA: From $2500.00 to $3200.00

What are the key features

  • Rechargeable Silver-Zinc power cell
  • 24 hours continuous use with almost endless streaming
  • Easy charging
  • Can use normal hearing aid batteries
  • Available in all of the levels of tech

Phonak Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aids

Phonak led the charge of modern rechargeable hearing aids with the introduction of their first-ever Audeo (Receiver In Canal) rechargeable hearing aids. They are also one of only three hearing aid brands in the list that use a Lithium-Ion power pack. The devices quickly proved hugely popular with hearing aid users and professionals. They have since expanded their rechargeable hearing aids range to include two Behind The Ear hearing aids. 

Emergency Power Pack

One innovation over and above everyone else that Phonak introduced is an additional "Power Pack" that can be attached to your charger. This device can be used when you don't have access to a plug. The power pack is re-useable and can provide up to seven additional charges of your hearing aids. In essence, it is a week's supply of power. 

Phonak

Audeo Belong Rechargeable Hearing Devices

Audeo BelongAs I said, the Audeo Belong hearing device range was the first of the Lithium-ion devices to be released. It is also the first Phonak hearing device range with a rechargeable option. However, Phonak offered the option as part of their new range of Belong hearing aids which came with an upgraded operating system, the latest version of Phonak's SoundRecover2 and new microphones and programme buttons. It wasn't introduced as a stand-alone product like the Cellion with Signia. 

The range uses the existing Venture chipset and is available in four technology levels, the 90, the 70, the 50 and the 30. The rechargeable option is not available in the lowest 30 level of technology which means that if you want to get this amazingly popular device you will have to move up to the 50 level at the least.   

Audeo Belong Rechargeable Prices

We would expect the Audeo Belong Rechargeable hearing aid range to be sold at prices from £1100.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €1400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $1500.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

What are the key features

  • Rechargeable lithium-ion power cell
  • 24 hours continuous use with up to 5 hours streaming
  • Easy charging
  • Unique OneShell design
  • Only available in the 90, 70 and 50 level of tech

Phonak

Bolero Belong Rechargeable Hearing Devices

Bolero BelongPhonak launched its new Bolero Belong platform of BTE hearing aids, including the anticipated lithium-ion rechargeable Bolero B-PR. It is the first Lithium-ion rechargeable BTE to the market and the first Phonak BTE hearing device range with a rechargeable option. They say that it will deliver 24 hours of hearing with one simple charge (expected results when fully charged, and up to 80 minutes wireless streaming time).

Bolero Belong Rechargeable Prices

We would expect the Bolero Belong Rechargeable hearing aid range to be sold at prices from £1100.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from1400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $1500.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

The hearing aid will run on the new improved AutoSense OS and will only be available in the top three levels of technology. As is the case with the Audeo B-R, it will not be available in the lowest tech level.

What are the key features

  • Rechargeable lithium-ion power cell
  • Telecoil
  • 24 hours continuous use with up to 5 hours streaming
  • Easy charging
  • Unique OneShell design
  • Only available in the 90, 70 and 50 level of tech

Phonak

Naida Belong Rechargeable Hearing Devices

For the first time ever there will be a Lithium-Ion rechargeable Super Power hearing aid for people with severe to profound hearing loss on their famous Naida range.

Naida Belong Rechargeable Prices

We would expect the Audeo Belong Rechargeable hearing aid range to be sold at prices from £1100.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €1400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $1500.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

Naida B Rechargeable hearing aid

Rechargeable Super Power Hearing Aid

The Naida Belong R is the first ever Lithium-Ion rechargeable hearing aid for people with profound hearing loss. The hearing aid has been introduced as part of the launch of the new Naida B range. This is the 5th generation of Phonak's Naida device and the core features of it will be in line with the rest of the Belong range. The Naide Belong R is a Receiver In Canal device and it is suitable for severe hearing losses.

Three Levels of technology

The rechargeable Naida will only be available in the top three levels of technology, the 90, 70 and 50. 

What are the key features

  • Rechargeable lithium-ion power cell
  • Telecoil
  • 24 hours continuous use with up to 5 hours streaming
  • Easy charging
  • Unique OneShell design
  • Only available in the 90, 70 and 50 level of tech

Phonak Rechargeable CROS B

Phonak have also introduced a rechargeable CROS device as an addition to their CROS B range. I really like this idea, CROS devices can be a little bit power hungry, so introducing a rechargeable CROS device is a great idea. The fact that the rechargeable power pack is Lithium-Ion means that there will be plenty of power to run the devices. The introduction of the Belong CROS means that people with single-sided or asymmetrical hearing loss can now avail of the latest Phonak hearing aids.

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Resound Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aids

Resound introduced their rechargeable hearing aids in August 2017. They have also gone down the route of using the Z Power Silver-Zinc battery technology.  

Resound

LiNX 3D LT61 DRWZ

Resound LiNX 3D rechargeable Hearing Aid

The new addition to the LiNX 3D range is a completely new form factor and is similar in size if a little different from their existing LT61. The device is officially designated the LT61-DRWZ and it runs on a 312 rechargeable battery which is supplied by Z Power as is the recharging cradle technology. That means there should be plenty of power for a full day of use even if you are streaming audio and taking phone calls. The device is expected to available on the market in September.We would expect the prices to be similar to the LiNX 3D prices.

LiNX 3D LT61 DRWZ Prices

  • UK: From £1700.00 to £2200.00
  • Ireland: From €2400.00 to €3000.00
  • USA: From $2500.00 to $3200.00

What are the key features

  • Rechargeable Silver-Zinc power cell
  • 24 hours continuous use with almost endless streaming
  • Easy charging
  • Can use normal hearing aid batteries
  • Available in all of the levels of tech

You can find out more about the latest hearing devices from Resound here

Signia Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aids

Signia formerly Siemens, were quick to follow Phonak with their rechargeable hearing aids. They also offered a Lithium-Ion powered version, however, unlike Phonak, they did not seal theirs in the hearing aid. This means that when it comes time to change the power pack, it can be done locally in your hearing care professionals office.  They have just introduced a new updated version of the Cellion. In 2018, Signia introduced a new hearing aid platform called the Nx. As part of this launch, they have also introduced a new hearing aid called the Pure Charge N Go. 

Signia Pure Charge & Go

Signia

Pure Charge N Go Nx

This device is a very svelte Pure (RIC) device which is powered by a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack, again it offers the new system which separately processes the wearer’s own voice. The hearing aid has a rocker switch which allows programme changes and volume changes. It is IP68 rated. It can also be fitted with the four levels of receiver making it suitable for most hearing losses. It comes with superior connectivity with direct streaming and the myControl App. It also has access to the full live remote support via TeleCare 3.0. The device is available in three levels of technology.

Signia say that Pure Charge&Go’s high-capacity power cell will allow for enhanced Bluetooth connectivity. This will enable users to enjoy high-quality, long-lasting stereo streaming of TV audio, music, and phone calls directly to both hearing aids.

They say that you will be able to stream up to five hours per day and still benefit from 17 hours of battery life before needing to recharge. That's pretty good streaming time and battery life. So for a quick overview:

  • Up to 17 hours of battery life with 5 hours of streaming
  • Just 3 hours to fully charged
  • 30 mins of charging gives 6 hours of use
  • Easy wireless charging, drop them in the charger and voila
  • Made For iPhone, Direct connection to iPhone
  • High-quality audio streaming
  • Ultra HD e2e and Bluetooth connectivity

Signia

Cellion Hearing Aids

Cellion Primax Facelift

As I said Signia quickly followed Phonak with the Cellion™ primax™ hearing aids. In fact, they have just given the Cellion a facelift and the new models should be available soon. The devices and the charger have been designed to be smart, they turn off when dropped into the charger and turn on automatically when they are taken out again. The charger will also de-humidify the hearing aids during the cycle. Signia say that the rechargeable lithium-ion power cell lasts 24 hours straight without charging with unlimited audio streaming.

The Cellion is a Receiver in Canal hearing aid and it can be used with a variety of receivers which will allow them to cover hearing losses from mild to profound. Signia have three levels of technology and the devices are available at all levels of technology. The devices are also rated to ip68 which is for all intent and purpose almost waterproof. Again, I would expect Signia to offer Lithium-ion powered BTE devices this year as well. 

Cellion Rechargeable Hearing Aid Prices

We would expect the Cellion hearing aid range to be sold at prices from £1400.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €1800.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $1900.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

What are the key features

  • Rechargeable lithium-ion power cell
  • Three LEDs show the different statuses of the charging progress.
  • Auto on function when the aid comes out of the charger
  • Auto-off function when it is put into the charger
  • 24 hours continuous use with unlimited streaming
  • Contactless, inductive charging
  • The charger gently dehumidifies the devices during the charging cycle.
  • Available in all three levels of tech

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Starkey Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aids

Starkey also went for Z Power for their rechargeable hearing aids, although they have been doing some research into wireless charging of hearing aids. For now, this is the system they have gone for, but we half expect to see something different in the future.  Update 2018: Starkey announced at their annual Expo conference that they would be introducing a brand new rechargeable hearing aid system to their range in February this year. The hearing aids will be called the Muse IQr and the will, in fact, be a Lithium-Ion powered rechargeable hearing aid system.

Starkey

Muse™ micro RIC 312t R

Zpower charged Muse hearing aids

The Muse™ micro RIC 312t R is just one of the styles available on Starkey’s® “made for music” hearing aid platform. The rechargeable offering is not a Lithium-ion device and nor is the power pack integrated. The power pack is actually ZPower’s innovative silver-zinc battery technology. Which is used with their charger to give at the very least 24 hours of use. Going with this option will allow Starkey customers to switch to normal disposable batteries if they are caught out. From what we can see the Muse micro RIC 312t R will be available in the full three levels of technology. 

What are the key features

  • Rechargeable silver-zinc power cell
  • 24 hours continuous use,  no word on streaming yet
  • Available in all levels of tech
  • Easy to replace battery pack
  • User can use disposable batteries if needed

Starkey

Muse™ iQR

Muse iQR

The Muse iQR hearing aids have just been introduced by Starkey, they are built on their latest Synergy® platform and Acuity™ OS operating system. The devices are Lithium-Ion powered and offer 30 hours of use with streaming, full-day charging in less than three hours, a portable charging case for rapid 15-minute and “weekend” charges, and a telecoil.

20% Longer

Starkey says that their new Lithium-Ion system will provide 20% more power than any of their competitors. They have said that you will get over thirty hours of use with streaming. Obviously, you aren't going to use it for thirty hours straight, unless of course, you work with my business partner Steve Claridge (Steve The SlaveDriver Claridge!). The thing is though, it means that no matter how much you stream audio, on the phone, listening to music or watching the TV, you simply won't run out of juice. 

Smallest Ever Rechargeable

The bragging rights up to now have been Unitron's, however, Starkey says that their new rechargeable is 30% smaller than any of their competitors. Considering that is combined with so much power, that's quite a feat. 

Starkey Muse IQr rechargeable hearing aid

Unitron Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aids

Unitron quickly followed their stablemate Phonak (both owned by Sonova) with their own rechargeable hearing aids. However, unlike Phonak, they went for the Z Powered Silver-Zinc option.  They first introduced a Receiver In Canal rechargeable option but have since followed with a Behind The Ear Option. They have most recently introduced a new Made For Any Phone option that they are calling the Moxi All

Unitron

Moxi All Hearing Aids

Moxi All

Rechargeable Made For Any Phone

Like their stablemate Phonak, Unitron has chosen to offer a hearing aid that will connect to any mobile phone with Bluetooth using a headset protocol. However, in a very smart move, they have decided to make the device's rechargeable. The rechargeable system seems to be the Z Power system that Unitron went with for the rest of their devices.

The Made For Any Phone concept delivers pretty revolutionary hearing aids that changes Bluetooth wireless connection to a mobile phone forever. The Moxi All connects to any Bluetooth® enabled mobile phone, directly without a streamer. It offers true hands-free calling. As it supports the classic Bluetooth protocol, it provides direct connectivity to cell phones – including AndroidTM, iPhone® and even classic cell phones – with no extra body-worn streaming device required.

Five Different Price Points

The Moxi All will be available in five different levels of technology, so that means five price points. In other words, there should be one for everyone. 

No Music Streaming

While these hearing aids will stream phone calls from iPhones and Android phones, they are not typical Made For iPhone hearing aids. They do not have quite the same features and abilities, for instance, they will not stream music or audiobooks from your phone.

TV Connector

They will, however, stream audio from any sound source that you connect to their new TV Connector. The device will stream high-quality audio to both of your Moxi All hearing aids. Like the Audeo B-Direct from Phonak, you need to think a little carefully about the Moxi All before you buy them. However, because of the way many Unitron features work, there is no loss of benefits or features because of the new Bluetooth chip, unlike the Audeo B-Direct.

Unitron

Stride M R Hearing Aids

Stride M R rechargeable behind the ear hearing aid

A Rechargeable BTE

Unitron rounded out their rechargeable offering with a new rechargeable BTE, the Stride M R. It is their first ever rechargeable behind the ear hearing aid.  The device runs on Silver-Zinc rechargeable batteries and has a similar charger to their Moxi devices. There is an auto on feature so when you take the hearing aids out of the charger they just come on. Something that many users welcome.

The Z Power system is a pretty good all round rechargeable system. It offers some pretty serious running time and also the benefit of being able to shove disposable batteries in when you forget to charge. 

What are the key features

  • Rechargeable silver-zinc power cell
  • 24 hours continuous use
  • Available in all levels of tech
  • Easy to replace the battery
  • The user can use disposable batteries if needed
  • Offered in all levels of tech, Pro, 800, 700, 600 and 500 

Unitron

Moxi Fit R Hearing Aids

Unitron Moxi Fit R

Smallest Rechargeable Hearing Aids Ever

Unitron introduced the Moxi Fit R rechargeable hearing aid option with the new Tempus platform. The Moxi Fit R is the smallest rechargeable hearing aid ever, the rechargeable kit can also be bought separately and be fitted to existing Moxi Fits.

What are the key features

  • 30 hours of use on one charge (24 hours with streaming)
  • The most stable battery tech
  • Smallest ever rechargeable hearing aid
  • Easy to change to a disposable if you forget to charge
  • Backwards compatible with older models
  • Offered in all levels of tech, Pro, 800, 700, 600 and 500 

With the introduction of the Moxi Fit R, Unitron now has both the smallest ever RIC hearing aid, the recently introduced Moxi Now, and the smallest ever Rechargeable hearing aid in their line-up.

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Widex Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aids

Widex were practically the last to the party with rechargeable hearing aids. They have been working on Fuel Cell technology for many years and when they make that breakthrough, it will change the powering of hearing aids forever. I say without hesitation that fuel cell technology will be a paradigm shift and I really hope Widex crack it. For now, they have introduced a Z Power system for their popular Beyond hearing aids. 

Beyond Z rechargeable hearing aidsWidex introduces Rechargeable Beyond Z RIC

Widex have today announced the launch of a rechargeable version of their popular Beyond Made For iPhone hearing aids. The device will be powered by the now almost ubiquitous Z Power system. The new rechargeable Beyond is named the Beyond Z and it is expected that it will be released in quarter four in the United States and Quarter 1 of 2018 everywhere else. 

  • Rechargeable silver-zinc power cell
  • 24 hours continuous use
  • Available in all levels of tech
  • Easy to replace battery pack
  • User can use disposable batteries if needed

Read More About Widex Hearing Aids

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