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Rechargeable Batteries for Hearing Aids

Author: ZPower(i) : Contact:

Published: 2016-02-07 : (Rev. 2019-03-02)

Synopsis and Key Points:

New rechargeable battery technology means hearing aid wearers never need to remove or touch the hearing aid batteries.

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ZPower is the creator of the first recyclable, high performance, and rechargeable silver-zinc hearing aid battery.

The battery technology and rechargeable system are enabling wearers to never need to remove or even touch their batteries, and are completely changing the way wearers relate to their hearing aids.

ZPower, the world's only developer of rechargeable, silver-zinc miniature batteries, featured its Rechargeable System for Hearing Aids at the American Hearing Aid Association (AHAA) 2016 Annual Convention on February 10 - 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The convention focused on the strategies that helped audiology practices succeed and be competitive. The year’s theme was, "Don’t be limited by your challenges; challenge your limits!".

Recent industry studies show that rechargeable batteries and rechargeable hearing aids are among the top features sought by hearing aid users. ZPower took this information and reacted accordingly.

Z Power LogoAbout This Image: Z Power Logo The ZPower Rechargeable System for Hearing Aids offers consumers the ability to make new or existing hearing aids rechargeable. This innovative new product earned ZPower a 2016 CES® Innovation Award for outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics.

The move toward wireless technology in hearing aids, while beneficial to hearing aid users in most respects, also has a downside:

Wireless technology simply drains hearing aid batteries quickly.

While disposable batteries used to last a week or two, now they might only last a couple of days at most. The result is not only frequent and inconvenient battery changing, but also batteries dying at inopportune moments.

It's an environmental issue as well. Hearing aid users typically go through about 100 batteries per year. Since the batteries are not recyclable, that adds up to 1.5 million hearing aid batteries going into landfills each year in the U.S.

But now, the ZPower Rechargeable System is changing the game for hearing aid users and their hearing care professionals. ZPower batteries offer a reliable full-day charge, and patients need only return once a year to their hearing care professional to have the battery replaced, which means the hearing aid user doesn’t have to fumble with batteries ever again. In addition, the old battery is fully recyclable, which means fewer batteries going into landfills.

Sara Sable-Antry, vice president of sales and marketing for ZPower, presented on the topic of "Rechargeable Batteries - An Advanced, Green Power Solution for Hearing Aids". The session allowed attendees to explore the results of research on multiple brands of hearing aids using the ZPower Rechargeable System for Hearing Aids, the process to retrofit new and existing hearing aids, and the advantages of rechargeable batteries. The value proposition for patients and audiologists is a battery that is good for a year, lasts all day on a single charge and is recyclable.

UPDATE: ZPower Reveals New Look as it Grows Capital, Expands Products and Markets - ZPower expanding market focus after bringing rechargeability for hearing aids and successfully launched innovative products in medical and consumer electronics markets - ZPower.

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