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Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2016

Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries are Here

ZPower Rechargeable Battery System

Rechargeable batteries for hearing aids haven't been as universally available as they are with other products. That's mostly because of the safety, capacity, and energy requirements of today's advanced hearing aids. Still, with the awarding of the bronze for the 2016 Edison Award to the ZPower Rechargeable System for hearing aids, the future of rechargeable hearing aid batteries is looking brighter.

If you have hearing aids, you know about hearing aid batteries. You probably have a hearing aid battery addiction. You worry about batteries, make sure you have extras with you, stashed at home, in the glove compartment of your car, and are very conscious of the hearing aid battery crash. You know "the crash", that awkward moment when you have to pause in the middle of your friend's emotional meltdown to insert new batteries. If so, you can probably easily relate to the people in this Youtube video.

The rechargeable system they're discussing is the recent award winning ZPower Rechargeable Battery System. ZPower is based on silver-ZINC (thus the Z in Zpower) technology first used and developed by NASA. Started in 1996, ZPower, in the manufacturer's own words, "...has developed a proprietary, patent-protected silver-zinc battery that offers the highest energy density of any rechargeable microbattery and can be fully recharged over 400 times without losing significant energy capacity."

What does 400 times mean in layman terms? Well, if you're recharging every night that means once a year you'd have to change the batteries. That's a big difference from once or twice a week. And as far as "the crash" goes, even modern hearing aids with wireless features can run all day, that's 16 - 20 hours, on a single charge. That's a big deal, because your hearing aid is always on. It's always doing its job. So what else makes this rechargeable system award worthy when compared to other hearing aid batteries? Here are some key points swiped from the manufacturer's website:

  • At Least 40% More Capacity Than Other Rechargeable Microbatteries
  • Achieves 400+ Recharges Without Losing Significant Energy Storage
  • Safe Water-Based, Non-Flammable
  • Fully Recyclable
  • Designed, Engineered & Manufactured in the USA
  • Recyclable? That's worth an award right there. There's nothing like relief from green guilt--that guilty feeling you get when you throw out enough batteries to start your own radioactive landfill. So less batteries, recyclable, and greater capacity are all good things. But can you save money? Uhm, maybe. The manufacturer says they try to keep cost in line with what you'd spend on a year's worth of HA batteries and that the convenience is the major benefit for HA users. They also say some users who don't stream as much might get more charges and therefore save more. If you're all about convenience, this might be the answer for you. Now before you go out and purchase the ZPower Rechargeable Battery System from your audi, you're going to need to make sure it's compatible with your hearing aids. You can click HERE to check.

    If you'd like more information about this system or about hearing aids in general see your hearing health provider. Don't have a hearing health provider? Click Here to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health provider in the nation.

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