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Rechargeable battery chemistry developed for NASA and military to power hearing aids


Friday 27 February

February 27 at 10:30 AM

ZPower, the first developer of rechargeable, silver-zinc batteries for hearing aids, will showcase its new technology for Active Duty Service Members and Veterans of the Armed Forces at the Joint Defense Veterans Audiology (JDVAC) conference in Orlando from March 2-4th at the Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios.

Silver-zinc battery technology was first developed for NASA and the Military and is now being applied to hearing instruments and wearable technology. This new solution, which converts new and existing hearing aids to rechargeable, will be available in the latter half of 2015.

“We’re committed to serving our Veterans and Active Duty Service Members with better hearing solutions,” said retired Air Force officer Dr. Ross E. Dueber, President and CEO at ZPower.

“Frequently handling tiny batteries is difficult and frustrating for many hearing aid wearers, and especially for those with diminished dexterity and sight. With our rechargeable solution, there are no hard-to-remove battery tabs and no need to ever handle batteries.”

When using the ZPower Rechargeable Solution, an average patient will need just one battery per hearing aid per year.
“Soon, audiologists can fit patients with the wireless hearing aid of their choice and have confidence it will provide a full day of continuous power even with streaming,” said Barry Freeman, Ph.D., Past President of the American Academy of Audiology and current Vice President of Business Development at ZPower.

The ZPower Rechargeable Solution for Hearing Aids will offer:

  • Full day of power with wireless and streaming products
  • Easy overnight charging
  • Excellent electroacoustic performance
  • No battery handling or hard-to-remove tabs
  • Only one battery needed per hearing aid per year
  • Interchangeable with traditional zinc-air batteries
  • Developed for multiple hearing aid products and models
  • In addition, ZPower silver-zinc rechargeable batteries are fully recyclable and mercury free. The solution offers a significant environmental benefit when compared to disposable hearing aids. Currently 1.4 billion disposable hearing aid batteries are dropped into the waste stream each year around the world.