Image of a man wearing hearing aid with smartphoneIn case you haven’t noticed, today’s hearing aids are not your grandfather’s – or even your father’s – hearing aids.

Modern hearing aids have embraced technology like seemingly every other device, becoming smaller, smarter, greener and better. Consider these ways the listening devices are making life more enjoyable and easier for those of us with hearing loss.


Remarkably Rechargeable

Hearing aids that can be recharged have surged in popularity over the last two years, much to the relief of Earth’s landfills (about 1.4 billion disposable hearing aid batteries are tossed into them each year).

Consumers have two choices on types of rechargeable hearing aids: Lithium-ion and Silver-Zinc.

  • Lithium-ion: These batteries, introduced to the market by Phonak and then Signia, are designed to provide a full day's use on a single charge, even with significant streaming time. These batteries should have a lifespan of up to five years.
  • Silver-Zinc: ZPower has been a pioneer in the silver-zinc rechargeable battery movement. Widex, Oticon and Starkey are popular brands offering this technology, which is also designed to provide a full day’s use with each charge. Silver-zinc rechargeable batteries must be replaced on an annual basis. You may need about eight batteries over a five-year period, compared to more than 500 disposable batteries over the same timeframe.

Of course, one of the practical benefits of rechargeable hearing aids is simply that you don’t have to mess with replacing them every few days. Their small size can be aggravating for users with eyesight and dexterity problems. Plus, you don’t need to worry about always having spare batteries on hand.


In 2018, many devices can be connected to your smartphone. Hearing aids are no different.

Today’s technology allows hearing aid wearers to essentially use them as earphones tied directly to their phones. This allows those of us with hearing loss to not only stream the phone calls but stream music, hear the television or have the voice of the person across the table amplified (using our phone as a microphone).

Bluetooth technology improves your ability to hear voices during a conversation, especially on your phone – they increase sound quality and drastically reduce problematic background noise.

For more information on how Universal Hearing can help you select the right hearing aid for you, call us at 818-345-3200 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our office in Tarzana, California.