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Best Rechargeable Hearing Aids of 2021

When it comes to deciding which hearing aids are the best fit for your lifestyle, there are a number of factors to consider such as costs, contracts, and warranties. In addition to these factors, you may also want to consider which type of battery will work best for you.

There are two different kinds of batteries for hearing aids: disposable and rechargeable. Disposable batteries are removed and replaced regularly (replacements can be found at pharmacies and hardware stores), while rechargeable hearing aids sit on a charging dock while not being worn, similar to how you may plug in your cell phone at night.

Rechargeable hearing aids have some benefits. You don’t have to regularly purchase and dispose of battery replacements. Disposable batteries can also be difficult because they are small and easily get lost. With rechargeable models, however, all you have to do is plug them into the wall.

FYI: According to a recent poll of adults aged 50-80, only one in four had been given a hearing test by a medical professional in the last two years.

Rechargeable vs. Traditional Hearing Aids

Rechargeable Hearing Aids Traditional Hearing Aids
  • Generally last up to 24 hours per charge
  • No small pieces that need regular replacing
  • Require a power source on-hand
  • Tend to cost more than traditional hearing aids
  • Generally last 5-7 days per battery
  • Typically require size 10, 312, 13, or 675 batteries
  • Do not require a power outlet
  • Tend to cost less, at least initially, than rechargeable hearing aids

How We Chose the Best Rechargeable Hearing Aids

With most hearing aid providers offering some form of rechargeable hearing aids, we had our work cut out for us. Here is what we looked for when evaluating each one:

The Best Rechargeable Hearing Aids in 2021

1. Eargo - Best Overall Hearing Aid

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4.7 / 5
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What We Like Most:
  • Virtually invisible in-ear models
  • Can be purchased online
  • Two-year warranty with a 45-day return window
  • No professional evaluation required

Overview

Eargo 5 hearing aids fit completely inside the ear and are virtually invisible when worn. Individuals interested in Eargo can expect to have a one-on-one call with an Eargo personal hearing guide. They will help explain the different options available and determine which model might be the best fit for you.

Customer support is included for the life of the hardware, and Eargo will send you a sample kit with a brochure and two hearing aids (non-working) to test out the fit before an order is placed. Additionally, these hearing aids can be used with the Eargo app, which allows customizable programming for a variety of environments.

Price
Eargo prices are pretty reasonable. A pair of Eargo 5 hearing aids cost $2,950. What’s more, Eargo 5 aids come with a two-year warranty, lifetime remote support, and a 45-day trial period. Financing options are also available.

Batteries
It takes about six hours for Eargo 5 hearing aids to reach a full charge. This full charge should last around 16 hours, though this will vary with the amount of use. Eargo hearing aids come with a case that holds an additional charge — for times when you may not be near a power outlet. This small, compact container can power your hearing aids for up to seven days, and it only takes two hours to fully recharge.

Ideal for Active Adults
Eargo 5 hearing aids are great for active, on-the-go adults that are looking for a discreet model that provides unparalleled sound quality. Eargo 5 aids are comfortable and customized to a user’s unique type of hearing loss.

Pros
  • Lightweight and Comfortable
  • Stellar Sound Quality
  • Attentive Customer Service
  • Secure In-Ear Fit
Cons
  • Suitable Only for Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss
  • No In-Person Fittings

To learn more about the Eargo 5, check out my full review of Eargo.

Pro Tip: New to the world of hearing aids? Check out my hearing aid guide to learn about different hearing aid brands, how they work, and which one might be right for you.

2. MDHearingAid VOLT+ - Most Affordable Hearing Aid

4.8 / 5
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What We Like Most:
  • Highly affordable
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Resistant to water, sweat, and dirt
  • Four audio settings

Overview

The MDHearingAid VOLT+ is a behind-the-ear hearing aid that boasts a long-lasting battery and has advanced durability. Its sophisticated coating protects against water damage without sacrificing its great sound quality. Additionally, the VOLT+ has four different settings that can be switched depending on the environment. This model includes two directional microphones that aid in noise reduction, and they also have advanced feedback cancellation which protects against the whistling that can sometimes happen with hearing aids.

Price
The MDHearingAid VOLT+ costs $599.99 for one hearing aid or $1199.99 for a pair. Financing options are also available through the MDHearingAid website.

FYI: MDHearingAid sometimes runs promotions. Currently, the MDHearingAid VOLT+ is part of a buy one, get one free deal. A pair of the VOLT+ aids can be purchased for $599.98 during this promotion.

Batteries
The MDHearingAid VOLT+ boasts a battery life of up to 24 hours between charges. This model also comes with a case that works as a charging station for times when a power outlet is not available. The charging case provides an additional three full charges before it needs to be plugged into a power source.

Returns and Warranties
Returns can be made for a full refund within the first 45 days of ordering MDHearingAid devices. There is also a 90-day warranty that covers manufacturer defects, which will repair or replace faulty hardware for free. For customers looking to purchase a more comprehensive warranty, MDHearingAid offers the MDSheild Protection Plan, which covers 100 percent of damages, accidental or otherwise.

What We Loved
The MDHearingAids VOLT+ is an affordable option that still offers a quality hearing aid experience. The long battery life and water-resistant nature of the MDHearingAid VOLT+ devices make it a durable, reliable option without the higher price tag attached to similar products.

What We Didn’t
The VOLT+ only comes in a behind-the-ear model, and there are no options for custom-fit or invisible design with MDHearingAids.

Ideal for Those on the Go
The MDHearingAid VOLT+ is great for adults with active lifestyles. The VOLT+ has settings that work in noisy environments, such as crowded restaurants and other social settings. With a 24-hour charge and three additional days of battery power stored in the chargeable carrying case, users of the VOLT+ have the peace of mind while away from home without worrying about their hearing aids losing power.

3. Audicus Wave - Best OTC Hearing Aid

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2.9 / 5
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What We Like Most:
  • Bluetooth streaming capabilities
  • A smartphone app that simplifies programming
  • Can be purchased online
  • Ten audio settings

Overview

The Audicus Wave is a receiver-in-canal hearing aid that comes with Bluetooth technology. This provides easy streaming for both phone calls and music directly into the ear. An additional device can be purchased that pairs the Wave to television as well. A variety of dome (the part that goes in the ear) styles and sizes are available for optimal use and comfort. The Audicus Wave comes standard with disposable batteries but can be upgraded to a rechargeable version for an additional cost.

Price
The Audicus Wave starts at $899 per ear. The upgrade to a rechargeable battery runs $300 per ear. Audicus also offers a monthly membership for the Audicus Wave that costs $59 per ear each month (plus an additional $10 per ear for the rechargeable model). This subscription requires a $100 one-time setup fee.

Batteries
The Audicus Wave, when upgraded to the rechargeable version, can run for 20 hours before needing to be recharged. For an additional cost, a power pack and charging case can be purchased that provides seven full charges for a pair of Audicus Wave hearing aids.

Returns and Warranties
The Audicus Wave hearing aids come with a 45-day trial period. During this time, the devices can be returned for a full refund. Audicus also provides a one-year manufacturer warranty. Additional warranties, such as Audicus Care and Audicus Protect can be purchased as well.

What We Loved
The Bluetooth capability of the Audicus Wave makes a wide range of activities, such as phone calls or watching programs on television, easy for those with mild to severe hearing loss. They also are available through a monthly subscription for those that do not wish to buy the devices outright.

What We Didn’t
While Bluetooth capability is great for accessibility, this technology can drain rechargeable batteries faster than devices that don’t include it.

Ideal for Tech-Savvy Adults
Designed for mild to severe hearing loss, the Audicus Wave is great for tech-savvy adults that would find the Bluetooth capabilities and mobile app features useful in their day-to-day lives.

4. Beltone Imagine - Beltone Imagine - Best Speech Recognition

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4.5 / 5
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What We Like Most:
  • Three directional microphones
  • Audio streaming capabilities
  • 1,500 Beltone clinics across the nation
  • Natural sound performance

Overview

The most popular hearing aid offered by Beltone, the Imagine, is a receiver-in-canal device that incorporates some of the latest in hearing aid technology. A third microphone has been added to this model, allowing Imagine hearing aids to heighten speech understanding. Beltone Imagine hearing aids have the capability to connect to mobile phones and other devices and are compatible with the Beltone HearMax mobile app.

Price
Prices for Beltone Imagine hearing aids may vary, as they are not available for purchase online and require a visit to one of Beltone’s hearing clinics. Costs can range from $5,000-$9,000 for a pair.

Batteries
Rechargeable batteries in the Beltone Imagine hearing aids last for up to 30 hours. A premium charging case will hold three full charges and can be purchased for an additional cost.

Returns and Warranties
Since Beltone hearing aids must be purchased from individual hearing centers rather than directly from the company, return and warranty options will vary between retailers.

What We Loved
Beltone is one of the most trusted names in hearing aid technology, and the Beltone Imagine is one of the best models available for sound and voice recognition.

What We Didn’t
The Beltone website can be tricky to navigate, and cost information is not easily available for any of their models.

Ideal for Severe Hearing Loss
The Beltone Imagine hearing aids could be a good choice for adults with severe hearing loss who are willing to pay extra for top-of-the-line technology.

5. Otofonix Helix - Best Customer Service

4.5 / 5
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What We Like Most:
  • Affordable devices
  • Great sound performance
  • Charged via USB
  • Free lifetime customer service

Overview

The Otofonix Helix is a behind-the-ear hearing aid with rechargeable batteries. It’s also more affordable than other similar models. The Helix comes with four environment settings, one of which is the telecoil function. This allows the Helix to connect to systems that offer telecoil functionality, most often in churches and movie theaters. Helix hearing aids come with “magic domes” which are created for comfort as well as power. And, as with all Otofonix devices, the Helix comes with lifetime customer support.

Price
The Otofonix Helix is only available for purchase in pairs, and it costs $995 for a set. Otofonix also offers a monthly payment plan that starts at $54 a month.

Batteries
The Otofonix Helix rechargeable battery is good for up to 18 hours of use before needing to be recharged.

Returns and Warranties
Otofonix Helix hearing aids come with a 45-day window where the devices can be returned for a full refund. There is a one-year manufacturer warranty on these hearing aids, and additional protection can be purchased.

What We Loved
The Otofonix Helix is a basic yet affordable choice of hearing aid. The cost, compared to similar products, can be hard to beat, especially if you are looking for a monthly financing option.

What We Didn’t
The Otofonix Helix can only be purchased in a pair; there is no option for buying a single device. The Helix is only available in a behind-the-ear model and only available in beige.

Ideal for Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss
The Otofonix Helix is great for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss who are interested in an affordable option for hearing aids. It’s especially good for those who don’t need all of the bells and whistles offered with the pricier models sold by other companies.

Conclusion

As with most hearing aids, advanced technology often comes at a premium. While most models listed here are similar in what they offer for rechargeable battery life, return windows, and warranties, you will want to consider what additional features may most benefit your lifestyle.

Written By
Amie Clark

Amie has been writing about senior care products and services for the last decade. She is particularly passionate about new technologies that help improve the quality of life for seniors and their families. Seeing her parents and grandparents age made Amie ask herself, “Would this be good enough for my loved ones?” In her spare time, Amie enjoys outdoor adventures and spontaneous road trips. Learn more about Amie here