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Rechargeable vs. Battery-Powered Hearing Aids

Hearing aid technology has evolved significantly over the years since it was first invented. Today, these little, yet powerful devices help restore hearing, as well as independence and improve the overall quality of life of those who need them. However, hearing aids can be a costly investment, so it’s important to understand each type of hearing aid will offer certain benefits and drawbacks. With a variety of options to choose from, it can certainly become challenging to find the right one that fits your needs. To help you make your decision a little easier, read on to explore the pros and cons of rechargeable vs. battery powered hearing aids.

The Pros and Cons of Rechargeable vs. Battery-Powered Hearing Aids

No matter what type of hearing aid you choose, they are a significant investment and proper maintenance is essential. For this reason, it is especially important to consider the powering options that are available to you. Here is a closer look at the pros and cons of rechargeable vs. battery-powered hearing aids:

Rechargeable Hearing Aids


  • Do not require frequent battery changes.
  • Avoid the hassle of dealing with tiny batteries
  • Batteries charge in 5 hours or less for most models and last all day.
  • A single rechargeable battery replaces 100 single-use batteries, preventing a significant amount of waste from entering the environment.


  • Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries have to be replaced by the manufacturer since they must remain sealed inside the device.
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are dangerous to ingest, so must keep your hearing aids away from your pets
  • Since the battery is sealed, disposable batteries cannot be substituted.

Battery-Powered Hearing Aids


  • Numerous battery options and slightly lower price points are available.
  • Disposable batteries are small but can offer 3-10 days of use.


  • You must be aware when you last changed your battery, or make sure to carry spare ones with you.
  • Batteries are sensitive to certain factors such as humidity, battery storage methods and degree of hearing loss.
  • Batteries are extremely small and can be tricky to change.
  • Need to purchase batteries, which can be pricy pending on where they are bought, if your chosen clinic does not include them in your initial purchase

If you want to determine whether a rechargeable or battery-powered hearing aid is right for your particular budget and lifestyle, visit our team of professional Audiologists at Echo Audiology. We provide every patient with customized care, including comprehensive hearing tests to rule out or identify hearing loss, answer any questions and recommend the most appropriate solution based on your needs. Our goal is to help you make informed decisions when it comes to your hearing and ensure that you get the most from your device.

To learn more about our hearing aid products and services, including more information about how you can get funding, give us a call at 613-841-3033 or fill out our online contact form and we will be happy to help you.