Rechargeable Hearing Aids From All of The Biggest Hearing Device Brands

Who makes rechargeable hearing devices and what is available?

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The Advent of Modern Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Modern rechargeable hearing aids exploded onto the scene a couple of years ago and have proven very popular. The big hearing aid brands have taken notice and they all introduced them. Phonak was, of course, the first hearing aid manufacturer 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 other brands initially introduced Silver-Zinc powered rechargeable hearing aids powered by the Z-Power system. However, Starkey has, in fact, delivered a Z-Power system and more recently a Lithium-Ion system as has Resound. The other brands have taken notice and we expect to see more lithium-ion powered rechargeable hearing aids in 2019.

As I said, there are predominantly two modern rechargeable systems, Lithium-Ion and Silver-Zinc battery systems, with each having their strengths and weaknesses. Signia, Phonak and now Starkey have introduced Lithium-Ion rechargeable systems. Everyone else is relying on Silver-Zinc battery systems from Z-Power.  Lithium-Ion systems offer up to thirty hours of use on a single charge, however, the system does not allow replacement of the battery pack with ease. The lifetime of a Lithium-Ion battery is around five years. 

Silver-Zinc technology offers slightly more hours of use on a single charge and the 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 the devices or have a power cut. Silver-Zinc batteries need to be replaced once a year, but it is something that you can do yourself without fuss.

While the Silver-Zinc systems are very versatile, there have been problems, that's why most hearing aid brands are now committed to providing their own lithium-ion powered devices. 

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Phonak Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aids

Phonak led the charge with the introduction of their first-ever Audeo (Receiver In Canal) Belong rechargeable hearing aids. They are also one of four hearing aid brands in the list that use a Lithium-Ion power pack. The devices have proven hugely popular with hearing aid users. They have since expanded their rechargeable hearing aids range to include two Behind The Ear hearing aids. With the introduction of the new Audeo Marvel, they launched two rechargeable hearing aids.   

Emergency Power Pack

One original 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. With the new Marvel hearing aids, they have again introduced a power pack to attach to their larger recharger unit. 

Phonak

Audeo Marvel R

Audeo Marvel R RIC hearing aid

The Audeo Marvel R is Phonak's latest rechargeable Made For Any Phone hearing aid, it is quite discreet and can be used with several receiver variations meaning it can cover a lot of hearing losses. The device will connect directly to any Bluetooth enabled Mobile phone and will stream phone calls and audio in stereo. The devices are available in the UK. The Audeo Marvel R is available in four levels of hearing aid technology, the 30, the 50, the 70 and the 90. 

What are the key features

  • A rechargeable lithium-ion power cell
  • 24 hours continuous use with up to 5 hours streaming
  • Easy charging
  • Unique OneShell design
  • Available in the 90, 70, 50 and 30 levels of tech

Phonak

Audeo Marvel RT

Audeo Marvel RT RIC hearing Aid

The Audeo Marvel RT is a rechargeable RIC hearing aid which will have a telecoil. It can be used with several receiver variations meaning it can cover a lot of hearing losses. The device will connect directly to any Bluetooth enabled Mobile phone and will stream phone calls and audio in stereo. This device will not be available until late 2019.

What are the key features

  • A 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 50 and 30 levels of tech

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.   

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 has 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).

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

Phonak have just announced among other things an extension to their Lithium-Ion rechargeable hearing aids range. For the first time ever there will be a Lithium-Ion rechargeable Super Power hearing aid for people with a profound hearing loss on their famous Naida range.

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.

Oticon Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aids

Oticon announced the expansion of the models on the Opn range in April 2017. That expansion also included a brand new rechargeable model. Oticon decided to use the Z Power Silver Zinc technology, they believe that Z Power systems offer real versatility and a lot of power. 

 

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.

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

Resound Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aids

Resound introduced their rechargeable hearing aids in August 2017. They originally went down the route of using the Z Power Silver-Zinc battery technology.  With the release of the LiNX Quattro in late 2018, they introduced their first ever lithium-ion powered rechargeable hearing aids. 

Resound

LiNX Quattro LT61

Resound announced the launch of a new premium plus hearing aid range called the Linx Quattro in late 2018. Resound delivered the Quattro as an extension of their range as opposed to a completely new platform. The Quattro range consists of two Receiver in canal form factors one being the rechargeable and the other being a size 13 traditional Zinc-air powered RIC. The Quattro will be a premium range and will only be introduced in a 9 and 7 technology level. They won't replace the Linx 3D 9 and 7, they will sit above them. 

Resound Quattro hearing aids in charger

This is what we know so far:

  • The devices are only available in two technology levels
  • They are Receiver In Canal devices
  • The devices are Bluetooth hearing aids 
  • Resound has designed a brand new chip platform
  • The chip has 100% faster processing than 3D
  • The chip has 100% additional memory over the 3D
  • Resound are using a new way of handling directionality inputs
  • They have introduced a redesigned wireless radio with extra signal strength
  • They have extended the bandwidth of the devices giving extra high-frequencies
  • They have increased their dynamic input range, calling it industry leading
  • The devices are available with a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack and without 
  • The rechargeable hearing device will deliver 24 hours of use with 50% streaming on a three-hour charge
  • The Lithium-ion devices will deliver 30 hours of use without streaming on a three-hour charge 

Longest Battery Life in The Industry

The devices will have the longest battery life in the industry, even though they are very discreet. Just one three hour charge will give up to twenty-four hours use even if you are streaming for half the time. That's pretty amazing battery life even for a rechargeable. As I said, they are pretty discreet and a lot of thought has gone into the design of both the devices and the charger. The charger acts as a carry case and it holds its own charge so that you can charge on the go if you need to. The charger will hold an extra three days of charge but it is small, so it is easy to put in a coat pocket but very functional. There is an auto on and off function and LEDs that allow you to see at a glance what the charge status is.

Made For iPhone Hearing Aid

The Linx Quattro is a direct connection or Made For iPhone hearing aid just like all the Linx devices before it. Resound have redesigned the wireless radio though and they say that it is more powerful than ever before. That should translate into pretty stable connection to the iPhone.

Made For Android

The Quattro will also be the first ever Made For Android hearing aid. ReSound have signed an agreement with Google to bring the Made For Android standard to market and the Quattro will be the first and only device to work with that standard. It will mean direct connection to at least Google Pixel 3 Android phones at first and then probably other phone brands as they roll out the system. 

Premium Plus Price Points

Resound have not introduced the devices as a replacement for the Linx 3D, rather, they have introduced them as new premium price points above the Linx 3D 9 and 7. We will keep you updated as to what they do next.

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.

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

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 chose 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 and 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.

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

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

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