The ZPower Rechargeable System for hearing aids has exploded in popularity over the past two years. Initially only available as a retrofit rechargeable system for the Beltone First (in late 2015), ZPower has expanded its product lineup rapidly to add support for flagship hearing aid models from eleven hearing aid companies. With retrofit rechargeable systems available for the ReSound LiNX 3D, Oticon Opn, Starkey Muse, and Widex Beyond Z, and integrated solutions available for multiple Unitron hearing aids, there are now more options than ever for hearing aid users looking for rechargeability in their devices.
Given all the new rechargeable hearing aid models, and ZPower’s rapid expansion, it’s safe to say that there are now more people benefitting from the convenience of rechargeable hearing aids than ever before. One downside? Many consumers have little to no experience with rechargeable hearing aids and aren’t familiar with best practices for handling and maintaining rechargeable hearing aid batteries. This means they aren’t likely to get the most from their rechargeable batteries in terms of performance. Some bad habits may even lead to a reduction in the maximum charge capability, or even short circuiting, of their rechargeable hearing aid batteries.
Every consumer who purchases a new ZPower-driven hearing aid receives a short instructional orientation on their ZPower Rechargeable System from their hearing care provider. This is to help them understand how the ZPower system works, when to use the charger, how to handle the batteries, etc. Unfortunately, the reality is that consumers have a lot to learn when they are purchasing a new pair of hearing aids. Everything from how to adjust the volume of their new hearing aids to how to put their new hearing aids in their ears. And for those purchasing Made For iPhone or Android compatible hearing aids, or any additional wireless accessories, there are even more learning lessons to absorb. The bottom line is you probably won’t remember everything your hearing care provider tells you at your hearing aid fitting, and sometimes a refresher is needed to be the best hearing aid user you can be!