Swiss-based hearing aid manufacturer, Phonak, has announced that it will soon be launching a new hearing aid platform Belong, which will include rechargeable lithium-ion technology. The new recharging technology will be included in Phonak’s upcoming Audeo B-R Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) product line.
While rechargeable batteries themselves are certainly not new to hearing aids, the use of lithium-ion technology is.
Citing the most recent MarkeTrak data, which suggested that hearing impaired consumers consider rechargeable technology among the most desired hearing aid features available, the company was quoted:
“The Phonak rechargeable hearing aid is the first ever hearing aid to feature a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery, providing 24 hours of hearing with a simple charge of just 3 hours. The 30 minute fast-charging option gives 6 hours of immediate use. Additionally, lithium-ion batteries last through the lifetime of a hearing aid, even after years of repeated charging. This combined with the fact that the battery compartment is sealed, frees customers from the cumbersome task of regularly changing their batteries.”
Soon to be Released
According to the company, the new Audéo B premium line of hearing aids are IP 68 rated against dirt and moisture. Expected release and will be released in the US in August 2016 and Europe in September 2016.
Source: prnewswire; Phonak