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The 5 Best Rechargeable Hearing Aids of 2022

Nov 07, 2022

By Cara Everett, MS, RDN
Medically reviewed by Brian Murray
Reviewed by Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH, Senior Director for NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging
Fact Checked

Key Takeaways

  • Hearing aids with rechargeable batteries cost anywhere from $99–$7,000 per pair and offer the convenience of hearing assistance without the need to change batteries.
  • Most rechargeable hearing aid batteries will last from 15–30 hours between charges.
  • Rechargeable hearing aids can be bought online, through hearing care clinics, and pharmacies and other retail outlets.

Hearing loss can make it harder to enjoy everyday activities, like spending time with friends and family, and also raises the risk of dementia, depression, and injuries caused by falling, according to research.1 Hearing aids with rechargeable batteries can make it easier to get the help you need for hearing loss by offering the convenience of not having to change the small and often hard-to-handle batteries frequently, and affordability by saving you money on disposable batteries.

Our Reviews Team conducted a survey of 600 hearing aid users and found that rechargeable batteries was the No. 2 most desired feature in a hearing aid, right behind “digital noise reduction.” But with multiple rechargeable hearing aids on the market, how do you choose the best hearing aid for your needs? We researched and tested the top brands to help you make an informed decision.

A quick look at the best rechargeable hearing aids of 2022

  • Best Rechargeable Hearing Aids for Seniors: Jabra Enhance 
  • Best Rechargeable Invisible Hearing Aids: Eargo
  • Most Affordable Rechargeable Hearing Aids: Audien
  • Best Bluetooth Rechargeable Hearing Aids: Audicus 
  • Most Advanced Rechargeable Hearing Aid: ReSound One

Why you can trust our expert review

5,300
Hours of Research
12
Experts Consulted
18
Brands Considered
95
Models Considered
5
Models Selected

Our Reviews Team recommends products and services we believe provide value in the lives of our readers. We’ve spent more than 5,000 hours conducting in-depth research on hearing aid devices to give you the most accurate hearing aid reviews. To make these selections, we:

  • Consulted with audiologists and geriatric care experts
  • Mystery shopped 18 brands
  • Selected 5 models as best rechargeable hearing aids
  • Surveyed hundreds of hearing aid users
  • Tested various models of hearing aids
  • Interviewed experts in the field
  • Read thousands of verified customer reviews

Read more about our hearing aid review methodology.

Table 1 Comparison of the best rechargeable hearing aids, as of October 2022

Jabra Enhance

Eargo

Audien

Audicus

ReSound One

Price per pair

$1,595–$1,995

$1,450–$2,950

$99–$249

$1,898–$3,398

$3,198–$4,798

Rating (5-point scale)

4.21

3.91

3.91

4.19

3.67

Hearing aid style

Receiver-in-canal

Completely-in-canal

In-the-canal

Receiver-in-canal

Receiver-in-canal

Level of hearing loss

Mild to moderately severe

Mild to moderate

Mild to moderate

Mild to severe

Mild to profound

Maximum battery life
(hours)

30

16

20–24

16

30

Charging time
(hours)

3

2.5

4–6

3–5

3

Bluetooth

Yes

Yes
(for adjustments only, no streaming)

No

Yes

Yes

Telecoil

Yes

No

No

Yes
(by request)

Yes

How to adjust

App, buttons on hearing aid, or remote assistance

App, tapping the hearing aid, or remote assistance

Screw on back of hearing aid

App or buttons on hearing aid

App, buttons on hearing aid, or remote assistance

Standard warranty length
(years)*

3

1–2

1

1

1–4

Financing available?

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

*Standard warranty includes comprehensive loss, damage, and repair coverage

Best rechargeable hearing aids of 2022

Best Rechargeable Hearing Aid for Seniors: Jabra Enhance

rechargeable hearing aids jabra enhance

Pros Longest warranty of any online hearing aid manufacturer Reputation for excellent customer service Free remote support from the audiology care team for three years 100-day trial period
Cons Only one style of hearing aid
(receiver-in-canal)
Only sold online
(no in-person support offered)
  • Price per pair: $1,595–$1,995
  • Hearing aid style: Receiver-in-canal
  • Maximum battery life: 30 hours
  • Bluetooth and mobile app capabilities: Yes
  • Water resistance: Yes
  • Adjustment: App, buttons on hearing aid, or remote assistance
  • Standard warranty: 3 years
  • Financing available? Yes

Jabra Enhance (previously known as Lively) is a company known for its excellent customer care and a warranty (three years) that’s longer than most other online hearing aid brands. Jabra Enhance hearing aids are also sold online, which is convenient for people who are concerned about COVID-19 or who don’t live near an in-person hearing clinic. These factors and the top rating it received in our testing process are why we named Jabra Enhance the “Best Rechargeable Hearing Aid for Seniors.”

Jabra Enhance carries two models with rechargeable batteries: the Enhance Select 100 ($1,595) and the Enhance Select 200 ($1,995). The higher price tag for the Pro gives you a model with eight color options (compared to only five for the Select 100) as well as advanced speech processing. 

The Jabra Enhance mobile app connects to the Jabra Enhance hearing aids via Bluetooth. The app shows you the battery level of each hearing aid, and allows you to choose from seven different environmental settings (see Figure 1):

  1. All-around
  2. Restaurant
  3. Outdoor
  4. Music
  5. TV1
  6. TV2
  7. Microphone

Figure 1 Adjusting sound settings in the Jabra Enhance app

jabra enhance hearing aids app

You can also use the app to customize each setting to your liking by changing the balance of bass and treble sounds. If you’re having trouble getting them adjusted to suit your needs, you can request hearing care assistance through the app and receive instructions from the audiology care team. The app can also help find your Jabra Enhance hearing aids with the use of GPS if you misplace them.

The Jabra Enhance charging case itself is rechargeable and holds three full charges (a total of 90 hours). That means you can charge your hearing aids three times before the charging case needs to be plugged in. This feature is convenient when traveling on short trips. You can bring your case with you and place your hearing aids in the case each night before you go to sleep, and they’ll be ready to go the next morning.

Jabra Enhance also has a quick charge option, something not every hearing aid offers. With one hour of quick charge, you can get 15 hours of hearing aid use.

Customer service

Payment options

  • Credit card
  • PayPal
  • FSA and HSA cards

Financing options

  • Third party lender Bread, which offers 12-, 18-, and 36-month payment plans

While Jabra Enhance has a lot to offer, it provides only online services. If you feel you would benefit from an in-person hearing exam or support from a hearing care clinic after you buy your hearing aids, you may want to consider a different brand, such as ReSound.

For more details on Jabra Enhance hearing aids, read our in-depth Jabra Enhance hearing aids review.

Best Rechargeable Invisible Hearing Aid: Eargo

Small Eargo hearing aid held with two fingers and the Eargo hearing aid box

Pros 45-day trial period Unlimited 1–2 year warranty
(length varies by model)
Lifetime support from licensed hearing professionals for as long as you own the hearing aids
Cons Doesn’t include Bluetooth streaming Only sold online
(no in-person support offered)
Shorter battery life than other hearing aids
  • Price per pair: $1,450–$2,950
  • Hearing aid style: Completely-in-canal
  • Maximum battery life: 16 hours
  • Bluetooth and mobile app capabilities: Yes
  • Water resistance: Yes (only Eargo 6)
  • Adjustment: App, tapping the hearing aid, or remote assistance
  • Standard warranty: 1 year (Eargo 5, Max, and Neo HiFi) or 2 years (Eargo 6)
  • Financing available? Yes

Eargo is one of the few completely-in-canal hearing aids that offers rechargeable batteries. Because completely-in-canal hearing aids are so small (small enough to fit entirely within your ear canal), they typically don’t have rechargeable batteries (rechargeable batteries require more room in the hearing aid than disposable batteries). But Eargo managed to make its completely-in-canal hearing aids with rechargeable batteries. The discreet look, combined with rechargeable batteries and a low price, make Eargo our pick for the “Best Rechargeable Invisible Hearing Aid.” 

Eargo hearing aids are sold online directly from the manufacturer, allowing you to take a hearing screening, choose a hearing aid, and complete your purchase all on the Eargo website.

All four Eargo modelsthe Eargo Max, Neo HiFi, 5, and 6include four preset hearing profiles. You can select a profile and adjust the volume by tapping the hearing aids, or—if you have the Eargo 5, 6, or Neo HiFi hearing aids—you can use the Eargo mobile app to make adjustments (the Max does not work with an app).

It’s important to note that although three of Eargo’s models connect to a smartphone app with Bluetooth, none of the Eargo devices have Bluetooth streaming (meaning you cannot stream music or audio directly to your hearing aids from wireless devices like your smartphone). This is one drawback of completely-in-canal hearing aids; their small size means they aren’t always large enough to include all of the same features larger models have.

The battery life of Eargo hearing aids is also shorter than some other brands. This is another potential downside of a smaller hearing aid; larger hearing aids can accommodate larger batteries that hold a longer charge. But the 2.5 hours needed to reach a full charge with Eargo devices is also shorter than most other brands, and it means that you won’t be without your hearing aids for long.

Eargo provides a variety of unique domes and tips with every purchase. Taking fishing flies as their design inspiration, they look more like small flower petals than traditional hearing aid tips (see Figure 3). Eargo builds its tips with comfort and airflow in mind to give users a better listening experience. Our Reviews Team found the domes and tips easy to change on the models we tested, but the tips and domes could be difficult to manipulate for older adults or people with dexterity issues.

Figure 3 Eargo hearing aid tips

Eargo petals on a grey background against a rule best rechargeable hearing aids

We also liked the extra-long charging cord provided with Eargo hearing aids. At 4 feet, 8 inches, it’s one of the longest charging cords of any brand. This may seem like a minor point, but our Reviews Team tested several hearing aids with charging cords shorter than 3 feet. Short charging cords could make it difficult to keep your hearing aids on your bedside table and plugged in at the same time.

If you’re interested in Eargo hearing aids but aren’t sure if you’ll like the fit of a completely-in-canal hearing aid, Eargo will send a non-working pair for you to try on.

Customer service

Payment options

  • Credit card
  • PayPal

Financing options

  • Third party lender Bread, which offers 12-, 18-, and 36-month payment plans
  • Third party lender Covered Care, which you can learn about by calling 800-252-0546

Eargo also offers the following discounts:

If you have mild or moderate hearing loss, want a discreet rechargeable hearing aid, and are comfortable shopping for hearing aids online and receiving virtual after-purchase hearing support, Eargo is a great choice.

For more details on this brand, read our Eargo hearing aid review.

Most Affordable Rechargeable Hearing Aids: Audien

Audien Atom and Atom Pro on a grey background

Pros Lowest price of any rechargeable hearing aid currently on the market Small in-the-canal style is barely noticeable
Cons Volume adjustment is inconvenient Multiple hearing profiles not available Not water resistant No financing options
  • Price per pair: $99–$249
  • Hearing aid style: In-the-canal
  • Maximum battery life: 20 hours (Atom), 24 hours (Atom Pro)
  • Bluetooth and mobile app capabilities: No
  • Water resistance: No
  • Adjustment: Screw on the hearing aid
  • Standard warranty: 1 year
  • Financing available? No

Audien is best known for being the lowest-priced hearing aid on the market. If you’re willing to forgo an examination and fitting by an audiologist or hearing professional, you can find affordable hearing aids over the counter. But Audien will still have a tough price to beat, which is why we named it the “Most Affordable Rechargeable Hearing Aids.”

At this price, Audien doesn’t offer the same level of technology you’d find in a higher-end hearing aid, such as Phonak or ReSound. For example, Audien hearing aids lack Bluetooth capability, which is an important feature for some people. Respondents to our Reviews Team’s survey chose Bluetooth as the sixth most important feature in a hearing aid out of 10—with ”tinnitus masking” as No. 5 and “directional microphones” as No. 7.

But if you don’t have a smartphone, or the price point is worth the sacrifice, you probably won’t mind not having an app to make adjustments or stream music and phone calls from. In that case, Audien could be a great budget-friendly option for you. 

The battery life of Audien devices is actually better than some more expensive hearing aids, with the Atom holding 20 hours of charge and the Atom Pro lasting up to 24 hours. The charging case also holds four days of charge before needing to be plugged in, so you can carry your charging case with you and recharge your hearing aids wherever you go.

The Atom Pro is $150 more expensive than the Atom. For this extra price you get a smaller hearing aid and a slightly longer battery life. If these two factors are important to you, you may find it worth the extra cost to get the Atom Pro.

When we tested Audien hearing aids, we discovered that changing the volume requires the use of a tiny black screwdriver with a brush on the end (see Figure 4), which comes with the hearing aid. This is the most inconvenient volume adjustment of all the hearing aids we’ve tested. Also, unlike most other rechargeable hearing aids, they don’t have multiple hearing profiles to choose from.

Figure 4 Audien rechargeable case with volume adjusting screwdriver

Audien hearing aids in charging case with volume adjusting screwdriver

This small drawback, along with only one hearing profile and no advanced technology like Bluetooth or background noise reduction, contributes to Audien’s low cost. But if cost is the biggest obstacle keeping you from getting treatment for your hearing loss, Audien may be a good fit.

Customer service

Payment options

  • Credit card

For more details on this brand, read our Audien hearing aids review.

Best Bluetooth Rechargeable Hearing Aids: Audicus

Audicus rechargeable hearing aids in charging case with Audicus app on a mobile phone

Pros 45-day trial period Available in four colors
Cons No quick-charge option Shorter battery life compared to other brands
  • Price per pair: $1,898–$3,398
  • Hearing aid style: Receiver-in-canal
  • Maximum battery life: 16 hours
  • Bluetooth and mobile app capabilities: Yes
  • Water resistance: Yes
  • Adjustment: App or buttons on hearing aid
  • Standard warranty: 1 year
  • Financing available? Yes

In researching and testing hearing aids that are rechargeable, budget-friendly, and offer Bluetooth capabilities, our Reviews Team was impressed with Audicus for several reasons. First, the company produces three rechargeable models with Bluetooth streaming compared to two models from Jabra Enhance (Audien and Eargo do not offer any hearing aids with Bluetooth streaming). 

ReSound One is another Bluetooth hearing aid on this list, but its starting price is $1,000 more than the lowest-priced Audicus model. While ReSound offers a higher level of sound processing, Audicus is a standout when it comes to competitively priced rechargeable hearing aids with Bluetooth. That’s why we gave this brand the distinction of “Best Bluetooth Rechargeable Hearing Aids.” 

The three models offered by Audicus with rechargeable batteriesthe Wave, Spirit, and Omniare all receiver-in-canal models (see Table 2). They can each connect with the Audicus smartphone app for volume and listening setting adjustments, as well as for remote customer support. Our Reviews Team found it easy to adjust the volume and listening settings using either the buttons on the hearing aids or by using the app on our phones.

Table 2 Audicus rechargeable hearing aid models, as of October 2022

Wave

Spirit

Omni

Price

$1,898

$2,798

$3,398

Adjustments by app

Bluetooth streaming

Remote Adjustments

X

Directional Microphones

X

Listening profiles

4

4

6

Sound processing channels

12

14

16

The most notable difference among the three models is the number of listening profiles and sound processing channels. A greater number of channels equals more precise processing and clarification of sound. As with so many other types of hearing aids, you get what you pay for. Consider your hearing loss and budget when deciding whether you want a more basic, less expensive model, or a higher-priced device that may deliver a better listening experience.

According to the manufacturer, the batteries in its three rechargeable models will last about 16 hours on a full charge, although Bluetooth streaming will shorten the battery life. 

You can purchase an Audicus Power Pack for $49 to enable your charging case to hold seven days worth of charge before needing to be plugged in. This is a nice convenience for traveling; you can take the power pack instead of the charging cord if you will be gone for less than a week. 

Keep in mind, though, that the more you use Bluetooth with your hearing aids, the faster the battery will drain. If you are traveling for more than a few days and plan to use Bluetooth frequently during your trip, it’s a smart idea to bring your charging cord, just in case.

In testing Audicus hearing aids, our Reviews Team found the instruction manuals to be informative and detailed, yet easy to read and understand. We found that some of the other companies’ hearing aid manuals included very fine print and complicated terms, but the Audicus manuals were clear, simple, and easy to use (see Figure 5).

Figure 5 Audicus Wave instruction manual

Audicus rechargeable hearing aids instruction manual

Our Reviews Team contacted Audien to get more details on its models. We found the sales representative to be very helpful and knowledgeable without pressuring us to buy anything. We were impressed with the information they provided on every model we asked about, as well as the email address and phone number we were given in case we had any other questions.

Audicus sells its hearing aids primarily online, but the company does have locations in New York, Chicago, and Denver. If you happen to live in those areas, you can receive in-person care. If not, Audicus provides free remote support for as long as you own your hearing aids.

Audicus offers a one-year manufacturer’s warranty, and an optional extended warranty called Audicus Protect, which costs $12 per month per hearing aid, or $499 up front. Audicus Protect gives you two years of protection from any damage, one-time replacement for loss, and unlimited cleaning, repairs, and maintenance.

Audicus also has a membership plan called Audicus Care. For $12 per month, you’ll receive supplies such as domes, wax guards, cleaning wipes, desiccant drying capsules (which help prevent damage due to moisture), and a cleaning brush every three months or whenever you request them. 

Customer service

Payment options

  • Credit card
  • PayPal

Financing options

  • Care Credit: Interest-free if fully paid in 12 months
  • Allegro: Financing option for those with lower credit scores, available for Omni and Spirit models
  • Payment plan: Audicus offers 6-, 12-, and 18-month plans

If you’re looking for affordable hearing aids with rechargeable batteries and Bluetooth streaming capability, Audicus is a good brand to consider.

Read more in our Audicus hearing aids review.

Most Advanced Rechargeable Hearing Aid: ReSound One

Resound hearing aids next to their charging case and owner's manuals on a grey background

Pros One of the most high-tech hearing aids on the market In-person and remote customer support offered
Cons Only available through hearing care clinics Highest price on this list
  • Price per pair: $3,198–$4,798
  • Hearing aid style: Receiver-in-canal
  • Maximum battery life: 30 hours
  • Bluetooth and mobile app capabilities: Yes
  • Water resistance: Yes
  • Adjustment: App, buttons on hearing aid, or remote assistance
  • Standard warranty: 1–4 years
  • Financing available? Yes 

The ReSound One offers not only a rechargeable battery, but some of the most high-tech features of any hearing aid on the market, and at a lower price than many competitors (although it is the highest price on this list). ReSound hearing aids come with treatment for tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing sound in the ears), M&RIE technology (which places the receiver and microphone in your ear canal for more accurate sound processing), and the option to increase amplification of sounds in front of you for conversations in noisy environments. The combination of these high-tech features is why our Reviews Team named ReSound One the “Most Advanced Rechargeable Hearing Aid.”

The ReSound One hearing aid covers the full range of hearing loss, from mild to profound. Its advanced hearing technology is able to address a variety of hearing loss types as well. And the 30-hour battery life is matched only by Jabra Enhance and Signia; most other brands hold about half the battery life of the ReSound One on a single charge.

One of the biggest differences between ReSound and the other brands in this review is that ReSound is sold only through hearing care clinics. This means that you will need to take an in-person audiogram, or hearing test, before purchasing ReSound hearing aids. (ReSound does offer a free 3-minute online hearing screening to give you an idea of the degree of hearing loss you have.)

After your audiogram is complete, the audiologist or other hearing care specialist at the hearing clinic will use your test results to determine which ReSound One model is best for your needs. Exact pricing and warranty details will be determined by the clinic where you purchase your hearing aids. Many hearing care clinics also offer ongoing maintenance, repairs, and accessories after you purchase hearing aids from them.

Audiologists working with our Reviews Team emphasize the fact that the most important part of your experience with hearing aids isn’t actually the devices themselves, but the relationship you have with your audiologist. ReSound offers the opportunity for in-person support, which can make all the difference as you begin your journey toward improved hearing.

If you need help with your hearing aids and are unable to get to your local hearing clinic, the ReSound mobile app allows you to receive remote support through a live video session with a hearing care specialist (see Figure 6).

Figure 6 ReSound hearing aid mobile app

ReSound rechargeable hearing aids mobile app

Customer service

You will get the best service for your ReSound One hearing aids by visiting your hearing care specialist at the clinic where you purchased them. You can also use the ReSound Smart app for remote assistance, and ReSound offers a wide range of manuals and how-to videos on the ReSound One support page.

Payment and financing options

  • Varies based on the hearing care clinic where you purchase your hearing aids

The ReSound One is a higher-priced rechargeable hearing aid than the other brands in this review. For people wanting the latest technology, in-person hearing tests and support, and extra-long battery life, though, it’s an excellent option.

Pros/Cons of rechargeable hearing aids

Pros Easier to use: No batteries to change Lower maintenance costs: No need to buy disposable batteries Better for the environment: Fewer toxic batteries thrown into landfills Safer for young children, grandchildren, and pets: No disposable batteries to be accidentally swallowed
Cons Higher up-front cost Inability to use hearing aids while charging Not available in all styles

How do rechargeable hearing aids work?

Even the least expensive hearing aids are technologically advanced machines. “Hearing aids are computers in your ears,” said Sheri Mello, a doctor of audiology in Raleigh, North Carolina. These small, high-tech devices receive sounds from the environment, change them to digital signals, amplify them according to your hearing needs, and then send them to your inner ear. 

This technology is the same whether you have hearing aids with disposable or rechargeable batteries. 

No battery door

The biggest difference between the two types of hearing aids is convenience. Hearing aids with disposable batteries have a battery door in the back that you open to replace the battery every three to five days. Many older adults, especially those with vision impairment, arthritis in the hands, or hand tremors, may find it challenging to open the door and replace the batteries in the battery compartment.

Rechargeable hearing aids, on the other hand, do not contain a battery door. The battery stays in the hearing aid for the entire life of the device, which is typically around five years. 

More water resistant

One attractive feature of rechargeable hearing aids is that, thanks to their one-piece design, they are naturally more water resistant than devices with disposable batteries. This is nice for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities, or even for those times when you forget to remove your hearing aids before stepping into the shower.

For more details on how hearing aids work and differences among the styles available, read our hearing aids buyer’s guide.

Two types of rechargeable hearing aid batteries

Batteries for rechargeable hearing aids come in two types: lithium-ion and silver-zinc

Most rechargeable hearing aids contain lithium-ion batteries, which are the same type found in many other electronics such as cell phones. They generally offer a shorter charging time and longer battery life compared to silver-zinc batteries.2

Do the batteries need to be replaced?

You never need to replace the batteries in a hearing aid with rechargeable batteries. In fact, in most models there is no way to replace the battery, as it is completely enclosed within the hearing aid. The battery should last the life of your hearing aid, which is about five years for most products.

How do you charge a rechargeable hearing aid?

To charge your hearing aids, simply place them in their charging case for the amount of time your manual specifies for a full charge. Most cases have a light that flashes during the charging process, changing to a steady light (or a different color) when your hearing aids are fully charged.

Note that several manufacturers direct you to remove your hearing aids from the charging case after they’re completely charged. Leaving them in the case too long can drain the battery over time.

How long do rechargeable hearing aid batteries last?

Most hearing aids reach a full charge in three to six hours of charging time. Jabra Enhance (formerly Lively) is one brand that offers a quick charge option of just one hour, but this doesn’t give you a full battery charge (15 hours after a one hour charge vs. 30 hours after a three hour charge).

Table 3 Battery life and charging time of rechargeable hearing aids, as of October 2022

Charging time

Battery life (hours)

Jabra Enhance

3

30

Eargo

2.5

15

Audien

4–6

20–24

Audicus

3–5

16

ReSound One

3

30

Factors that affect hearing aid battery life

Manufacturers of rechargeable hearing aids typically provide a range or maximum length of time for battery life. It’s impossible to give a concrete number because the following factors impact how long your hearing aid batteries will last on a full charge:

  • Bluetooth use: Hearing aid experts caution that streaming music, phone calls, and movies to your hearing aids can drain the battery up to three times as quickly.
  • Telecoil: Using the telecoil in your hearing aid to hear sounds in a public facility with assisted listening technology is a great feature for a better listening experience, but telecoil usage may also drain your batteries in half the time. 
  • Tinnitus masking: Some hearing aids include technology to help manage symptoms of tinnitus. This condition causes a ringing or buzzing sound in the ears, and certain tones can be played through your hearing aids to help distract from it. Tinnitus masking technology can drain the battery more quickly than a device without this feature.
  • Temperature: If you spend much time outside, keep in mind that both low temperatures and those above 90 degrees Fahrenheit can cause the battery to drain more quickly. If you know you are going to be outside in a cold environment, protect your hearing aids from the elements with a scarf, headband, or earmuffs.
  • Altitude: The air at higher altitudes contains less oxygen, and lower oxygen levels can lead to shorter battery life.
  • Technical factors: Things such as signal strength affect the life of a fully charged hearing aid battery.
  • Degree of hearing loss: People with more severe hearing loss may find their hearing aid battery drains faster than someone with milder hearing loss using the same type of hearing aid. This is because more amplification requires more battery power, causing it to lose its charge more quickly.

How much do rechargeable hearing aids cost?

One reason people hesitate to seek treatment for their hearing loss (and on average wait 10 years to get hearing aids, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine) is because they are worried about the high cost of hearing aids.3 Constantly buying disposable batteries can add to that cost, running up to $100 per year. 

It’s no surprise that rechargeable hearing aids have become increasingly popular in recent years. The initial cost of rechargeable hearing aids can be a bit higher than hearing aids with disposable batteries, but over time you’ll save money by not having to worry about buying and changing batteries every few days.

OTC rechargeable hearing aids

The recent passage of the FDA’s final rule on over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids should help lower the costs of rechargeable hearing aids even more. These hearing aids are available online and in stores for adults ages 18 and older with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss.4

With the passage of this rule, the FDA aims to open the way for greater innovation and competition among hearing aid manufacturers, increasing access to hearing aid technology for more Americans. 

How to save money on rechargeable hearing aids

Read on to see how you can save money when shopping for rechargeable hearing aids.

Watch for seasonal discounts

Hearing aid manufacturers frequently run sales around the holidays and other times throughout the year. Jabra Enhance ran an end-of-summer sale with $300 off the Enhance Select 100 and Enhance Select 200 in September 2022.

Trade in old hearing aids

Some companies will give you money to put toward a new pair of hearing aids if you have an old pair to trade in. For example, Audicus offers $50–$100 per hearing aid for old or damaged devices. 

Look for hearing aid donation programs

ReSound conducts a program called ReSound Gives Sound, in which the company donates hearing aids at low or no cost to audiologists’ clinics around the country. You can use the ReSound online clinic locator to find a hearing care clinic in your area that carries ReSound hearing aids and ask if they participate in the program. 

Take advantage of veterans benefits

If you’re a veteran and are eligible for general VA health care benefits, you can also receive hearing exams, hearing aids, and hearing aid batteries at no cost. 

You might be surprised to learn that tinnitus, characterized by ringing or buzzing in the ears, affects veterans more commonly than any other disability, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.5 While tinnitus is not always associated with hearing loss, it is a common finding among people with hearing loss and can also cause anxiety and mood disturbances.6

If you experience tinnitus or think you may have difficulty hearing, contact your local Veterans Affairs office to schedule a free hearing exam.

Use NCOA’s Benefits CheckUp tool to see what other benefits you qualify for.

Consider over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids

As noted above, OTC hearing aids are available for adults over the age of 18 with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss. They are expected to cost anywhere from $600–$1,600 per pair based on estimates from hearing industry experts. That’s at least $3,000 less than the average price of a pair of prescription hearing aids.7

Does Medicare cover hearing aids?

Unfortunately, Medicare Part A and B do not cover hearing aids. But if you have Medicare Advantage (also called Medicare Part C), your plan might pay for some of the costs associated with hearing aids. Check with your insurance provider for details.

Are rechargeable hearing aids waterproof?

Most rechargeable hearing aids (including every brand in this review except Audien) are water resistant. Currently the only model on the market that’s truly waterproof is the Phonak Audeo Lumity Life. In the instruction manual for your hearing aids, you will see an IP rating listed for your specific device if it’s water resistant. This number refers to how well the hearing aid’s outer shell protects the inner working parts from dust and moisture. 

In our Reviews Team’s test for water resistance, each of the water resistant hearing aids worked well (including pairing to other devices with Bluetooth) after 30 minutes under three feet of water (see Figure 7).

Figure 7 Reviews Team testing hearing aids for water resistance

A mesh basket with hearing aids are lowered into a tub of water to test water resistance ratings

Who are rechargeable hearing aids best suited for?

Anyone with hearing loss who may have trouble changing disposable hearing aid batteries might prefer hearing aids with rechargeable batteries. This could include people with sight issues, tremors, or dexterity issues in their hands due to arthritis. Our Reviews Team members found it difficult to open the battery door on certain hearing aids we tested, and handling the tiny disposable batteries was also a challenge.

One consideration with rechargeable hearing aids is that you will need to remember to put them in their charging case, usually every night, so they’re ready to go with a full charge the next day. It may be helpful to set a reminder on your phone, put a note in your bathroom or other place you’ll be sure to see it, or have a loved one or friend who regularly checks in remind you to charge your hearing aids each day.

Also, hearing aids are even easier to lose than car keys or a cell phone (since they’re so small). Be sure to keep your charging case in the same location, and as soon as you take your hearing aids out of your ears, place them in or near their case. One great advantage of both Jabra Enhance and ReSound hearing aids is that both brands have a function on the mobile app that uses GPS to locate your hearing aids if you can’t find them.

Because hearing loss is associated with a variety of other conditions, including dementia, mental health issues, and falls, it’s important to seek help for hearing loss as soon as possible. Take NCOA’s Fall Free CheckUp to find ways you can lower your risk of falls.

Factors to consider when choosing a rechargeable hearing aid

It’s important to think about your degree of hearing loss, personal preferences, lifestyle, and, of course, your budget when shopping for a hearing aid.

Hearing loss

The first step in shopping for hearing aids is to take an online hearing screening or in-person hearing exam so you can determine which hearing aids will be able to treat your hearing loss. 

For example, Eargo and Audien are only appropriate for mild to moderate hearing loss. If your hearing loss is severe or profound, these hearing aids will not be adequate for improving your hearing.

Even if you’re considering buying OTC hearing aids, it’s a good idea to have an in-person hearing evaluation first. In contrast to online hearing tests, in-person exams allow a hearing care professional to rule out any medical issues that could be affecting your hearing. They are also more thorough and detailed than online screenings. 

For more information on the different types of hearing exams, degrees of hearing loss, and reasons to seek in-person evaluation by a hearing care specialist, read our complete hearing aids buyer’s guide.

Personal preference

In one of the hearing aid focus groups conducted by our Reviews Team, a participant pointed out that he wanted a hearing aid with Bluetooth capability so he could use his smartphone to make adjustments on his hearing aid. But he mentioned that not everyone would need that option, and you will pay more for it. And he was right: Our hearing aids customer survey found Bluetooth was the sixth most important feature out of 10 when it came to features people wanted in a hearing aid.

It’s a good idea to think about which features you’ll actually use before going to a hearing clinic or placing an order online. Is Bluetooth something you’ll use? Do you want to be able to schedule a remote appointment with a hearing specialist if you run into issues, or would you prefer in-person care? Do you want a discreet in-the-ear hearing aid, or would a behind-the-ear model be fine as well? All of these factors will influence your decision on which hearing aid is the best fit for you.

Lifestyle

Are you an active person who enjoys exercising or being outdoors? You may want to choose a water resistant hearing aid. If you enjoy traveling, longer battery life may be a more important factor. And if you often visit places that can be noisy (e.g., restaurants, movies, or concerts), advanced sound processing offered by brands such as ReSound could make your listening experience much more enjoyable.

Bottom Line

These days, there are many styles and price levels of rechargeable hearing aids to choose from.

Our Reviews Team found Audien to be a great choice for budget-conscious shoppers, while Jabra Enhance is a good option for those who want an online hearing aid with continued hearing specialist support after the sale.

Audicus offers a mid-range price point with a variety of models and features. Eargo is a great choice if you want a nearly invisible hearing aid but don’t need Bluetooth streaming. And if price isn’t a primary factor and you want all the latest hearing aid features, ReSound makes an excellent product. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about this review? Email us at reviewsteam@ncoa.org.

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