and that’s not right. Case in point is that new HA’s coming out are only taking size 10 or 312 batteries. And when you go that (small battery) route you have to go battery recharge. No way a disposable 10 or 312 battery lasts long if you stream, use cell phone, etc. The reason for this “stupid” move is two fold. It seems HA manufactures want to make smaller hearing aids - even behind the ear thus the need for a smaller battery. Secondly it seems HA manufactures want you to “charge up” daily because it so much fun recharging your HA’s every 24 hours. You rarely see HA’s now that offer size 13 battery and I’m afraid size 675 will go the way of the Dodo bird.
Maybe I don’t want to charge HA battery every 16, 20, 24 hours. Maybe I don’t want to carry a charging kit with me when I travel over night. Maybe I don’t want to deal with power outages and charging units that don’t (repeat don’t) dry hearing aids properly. You buy a $3000 hearing aid and think a bogus drying capsule is going to do the job in hot summer months with high humidity. Think again.
So though it appears I’m knocking the “recharge battery fad” in reality I’m really sticking up for those HA users who (1) like disposable HA batteries, (2) like the idea that disposable HA batteries can be purchased anywhere, (3) understand that disposable HA batteries are cheap and best of all last a long time if they are size 13 and 675.
And now even Widex is going to force HA users to go the recharge cell technology route later this year with liquid injection. Big plus only take 30 seconds or less. Big negative you have to do it every 24 hours and have your liquid inject kit with you. Widex might blow away the “faithful recharge battery group” but your HA will still only work 24 hours and then die - if you have no fuel for recharge. Think how many older people will forget to recharge their aids and then be in the woods for several hours/days - what ever wondering where the heck disposal batteries went.
So long disposable batteries - we hardly knew ya.