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What Are The Best Rechargeable Hearing Aids?

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A rechargeable hearing aid is one that has batteries that are built-in. This means that the batteries do not need to be removed and replaced on a regular basis, as is the case with hearing aids that use traditional disposable batteries. Instead of removing the batteries from the device, the hearing aids will simply be docked every night on a charging unit – just like how you charge your smartphone at present. With that in mind, below, we are going to take a look at some of the different factors to consider when looking for a rechargeable hearing aid. 

The style of hearing aid

One of the first factors that you are going to need to consider is the style of the hearing aid. You have a number of different options to select from here. This includes in-the-ear hearing aids, which come in two different styles. One option is a hearing aid that fills more of the area of your outer ear that is bowl-shaped, and the other is a device that only fills the lower part.

You also have an in-the-canal hearing aid, which fits partly into the ear canal and has been custom molded to do so. This is a style of hearing device that a lot of people choose when they want something that is less visible in the ear when compared with bigger styles.

You also have completely in the canal (CIC) or mini CIC hearing aid. As the name suggests, this type of hearing device is molded to fit into your ear canal. This is actually the least visible out of all of the different options available, which brings a number of benefits, including the fact that it is less likely to pick up wind noise. 

What features does the hearing aid come with?

Aside from simply considering the style of the hearing aid, you also need to think about the different features that the device comes with. There are a lot of different types of hearing aids on the market today, with many different features available. So, let’s take a look at some of these to help you get a better understanding of what your hearing aid could be capable of:

  • Variable programming: This is when some hearing devices can store several pre-programmed settings for different listening environments and needs.
  • Direct audio input: This is a feature that gives you the ability to plug into audio from a music device, computer or television through simply using a cord.
  • Remote controls: Some hearing devices have a remote-control feature, so that features can be adjusted without you needing to touch the hearing aid.
  • Wireless connectivity: Increasingly, hearing devices can wirelessly interface with certain devices that are Bluetooth-compatible, televisions, music players and mobile phones. You may be required to use some form of intermediary device so that the phone and other signals are picked up and sent to the hearing aid.
  • Telecoils: Telecoils make hearing a lot easier when speaking on a telecoil-compatible telephone. This gets rid of the sounds from your environment, ensuring that sounds from your telephone are picked up only. They can also pick up signals from public induction loop systems as well, which are sometimes found in theaters and churches, enabling you to hear the movie, play or speaker better.
  • Directional microphones: These are aligned on a hearing device so that there is an improved pick up of sounds provided, coming from beside or behind you. Some hearing devices have the capability of focusing in one direction. Your ability to hear when you are in a place with a lot of noise in the background can be improved with directional microphones. 
  • Noise reduction: Finally, another common feature that comes with a lot of hearing devices and is worth looking into is noise reduction. This should be a feature of all hearing devices. However, the quantity of noise reduction is something that differs.  

If you would like some further information on how to choose the best rechargeable hearing aid, all you need to do is get in touch with Armand's Hearing Center. The phone numbers you need are Bradenton at 941-748-9800 and Sun City at 813-938-1148. You will speak to a friendly and professional team member who will be happy to answer any of the queries that you may have. They have the experience and know-how to ensure you end up with the right hearing aids for you.