Styletto Connect Hearing AidBy Frankie Goodman 12th December 2019 Always Hear
The Styletto Connect hearing aid has proven hugely popular with hearing aid users most due to having a rechargeable battery. All of the big hearing aid brands have taken notice and they all have introduced them to their ranges. However the Styletto Connect has been tried and tested and so many of our hearing aid wearers are happy with the performance of the battery and how it has made their lives easier.
Phonak was the first brand 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. Originally, the rest of the brands went for Silver-Zinc powered rechargeable hearing aids powered by the Z-Power system. However, it now looks like every hearing aid brand with the possible exception of Widex, will introduce Lithium-Ion powered rechargeables. There are pros and cons to both systems and you can read about them here.
As I said, rechargeable hearing aids have really grown in favour since the introduction of modern devices. As you by now will realise, there are two modern rechargeable hearing aid system types, each having their strengths and weaknesses. Signia was the only brand with rechargeable hearing devices up until 2017. They have been doing rechargeable hearing aids the longest.
However, before then, they based their rechargeable battery systems on nickel metal hydride. The battery wasn’t adequate for most people, and the charge often would not last through the day especially if you were using any audio streaming. All of those problems went away with the introduction of Lithium-Ion and Silver-Zinc rechargeable battery systems.
As I said, Signia was not the first to the market with Lithium-Ion; Phonak pipped them at the post with their “Audeo B-R” product line. The power pack design is similar though, with the battery lasting up to 30 hours on a charge and a lifespan of 3-4 years. This system does not allow the easy replacement of the power pack. The other hearing aid brands are using the Silver-Zinc technology. This 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. However, there have been some problems with the Z-power system and many of the hearing aid brands are moving away from it.
The Future of Rechargeable Hearing Aids?
From speaking to people in the industry, I think the future of rechargeable hearing aids will be Lithium-Ion for the foreseeable future. Most of the hearing aid brands are considering Lithium-Ion power packs for their new rechargeable hearing aid offerings and if they haven’t already introduced them they are in the process of doing so.
Ease of Use
Rechargeable hearing aids such as the Styletto Connect offer real ease of use to you, no fiddling around with little batteries every few days. The size of hearing aid batteries, and in fact hearing aids themselves, can be irritating and troubling to users, especially if they have eyesight or dexterity issues. Just removing the disposable battery from the packaging can be a mini-nightmare for some people, let alone opening the battery compartment and getting the damn battery in there!
So, if you have decreased dexterity or a condition that numbs the fingertips, such as arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, and Parkinson’s disease well then, rechargeable hearing aids are most definitely for you. Rechargeable hearing aids are simply put into the charger at night, and in the morning they are ready for use. More than that, you don’t need to remember to buy batteries, you don’t need to remember to carry spares, you never run out and generally your battery won’t let you down at the very worst moment.