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The best rechargeable hearing aids of 2024

Our audiologists reviewed the top OTC and prescription devices with long-lasting charges.

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Jessica Hinson

Writtenm by

Dr. Jessica Hinson

Updated:

May 10, 2024

Audiologist placing a hearing aid in its charging case. Audiologist placing a hearing aid in its charging case.

 

For those who have a hard time using their hands, changing small disposable batteries can be difficult. This is where rechargeable hearing aid models with lithium-ion batteries come in handy. With the new lithium-ion technology, these devices provide all-day power with a single overnight charge.

There are dozens of rechargeable hearing aids on the market from over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription brands. Our board of audiologists reviewed many devices and selected their top, based on a broad range of factors that include:

  • Device durability
  • Average single charge time
  • Average rechargeable battery life
  • Quality of different devices for specific types and levels of hearing loss

The best rechargeable hearing aids, compared

Let’s explore these standout devices that earned high marks in our rechargeable hearing aid reviews.

Brand Price per pair Hearing aid style Level of hearing loss OTC or prescription Charge/battery life Bluetooth Noise reduction Telecoil App adjustments Financing available
Jabra Enhance Select 300 $1,795 to $1,995 RIC Mild to moderate OTC Up to 24 hours Yes Yes: mild Yes Yes Yes
Lexie B2 Plus $999 RIC Mild to moderate OTC 18 hrs Yes Yes: mild No Yes Payment plans through Klarna
Phonak Audéo Lumity $2,000 to $7, 000 RIC Mild to profound Prescription 16-18 hrs Yes Yes Yes Yes Depends on practice
Signia Pure Charge & Go IX $2,000-$7,000 RIC Mild to profound Prescription 24-36 hrs Yes Yes Yes Yes Depends on practice
Resound Nexia $3,000-$6,500 microRIE, BTE Power BTE, ITC Mild to profound Prescription 24-30 hrs Yes Yes No Yes Depends on practice
Oticon Intent $3,500-7,000 RIC Mild to profound Prescription 20 hrs Yes Yes No Yes Depends on practice
Starkey Genesis $3,000-$7,000 Small receiver-in-canal (mRIC), RIC, ITC Mild to profound Prescription 51 hrs Yes Yes No Yes Depends on practice

 

Please keep in mind that the prices listed for these rechargeable hearing aids are in US dollars and usually for a pair unless otherwise specified. Premium products from top brands can vary in price, ranging from $2,500 to $6,000, depending on the advanced features and functions they offer.

Jabra Enhance Select 300: Best overall rechargeable hearing aid

With a single charge lasting all day and a variety of advanced listening features, Jabra Enhance Select 300 is a great hearing aid option for patients with mild hearing loss and ease with speech understanding. Featuring a small, sleek, and lightweight design, the Jabra Enhance Select 300 is also a comfortable OTC hearing aid option for those who prefer a behind-the-ear style.

The brand’s mobile app enables remote adjustment of hearing aid settings, streaming music, and accepting calls for up to 24 hours of use per day: the charging case holds three full charges before needing to be plugged in, and each 3-hour charge powers the device all day.

  • Over-the-counter or prescription: OTC
  • Style(s): BTE
  • Price per pair: $1,795-$1,995
  • Customer service: Yes, available seven days a week
  • Best for: Mild to near-moderate hearing loss

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Pros of the Jabra Enhance Select 300

  • Reliable charger. The charger is reliable, simple to use, and each of the three full charges held by the portable charger lasts 24 hours.
  • Comfortable design. Patients who have worn the Jabra Enhance Select 300 report that its behind-the-ear fit is lightweight, sleek, and comfortable.
  • Best customer service. The customer service team for the Jabra Enhance Select 300 is available seven days per week for any needs or issues that arise with the device, and premium plan options provide three years of virtual (video) visits for advice, adjustments, or other consultations about patients’ devices.

 

Cons of the Jabra Enhance Select 300

  • Not for all levels of hearing loss. Our audiologists suggest that the Jabra Enhance Select 300 is not advisable for those with moderate to profound hearing loss or for those in environments with groups or crowds.
  • Utilizes modern technology. While this is a pro for some people, the device’s remote care and custom adjustments to the device can only be used with a smartphone. So, it may not be a great option for someone who isn’t technologically savvy.
  • Lack of styles. There are no in-the-ear options for those patients who want a more discreet device or for patients with hearing loss that necessitates it.

 

What our audiologists say about Jabra Enhance

Dr. Jessica Hinson, AuD notes that Jabra Enhance Select 300 hearing devices are comfortable, lightweight devices that can be adjusted with your smartphone app, stating it’s the closest thing you’ll get to an in-person customized fit. She also adds that the charger is reliable, simple to use, and a  single charge lasts all day. “The Jabra Enhance Select 300 is a great option for someone with mild hearing loss and good speech understanding,” she says.

Dr. Ruth Reisman, AuD states that the Jabra Enhance Select 300 hearing aids offer both online and in-person support to ensure that the patient is successful and can actually be reprogrammed by the audiologist if needed using its ReSound software. She adds that this model is the only fully virtual hearing aid with assistive listening devices. As an added perk, she says that the devices also come in different colors to suit the patient’s  preferences.

Lexie B2 Plus: Most affordable rechargeable hearing aid

The Lexie B2 Plus rechargeable hearing aids are powered by Bose, a reputed name in the world of sound quality. At just $999, the purchase is also FSA/HSA eligible. This OTC hearing aid starts patients out with its in-app hearing test to help the patient determine optimal hearing aid settings for their unique hearing abilities, which they can then store as preferred settings.

Lexie Hearing’s Bluetooth technology-enabled devices can stream phone calls for iPhone and feature a charging case that keeps the hearing aids powered for up to an additional 18 hours of runtime beyond the 18 hours of use from every single charge. While it cannot stream music, it does offer feedback cancellation.

With self-fitting technology and discreet, receiver-in-canal design, the Lexie B2 Plus was made for comfort while a patient is carrying out both regular daily and more active leisure activities.

  • Over-the-counter or prescription: OTC
  • Style(s): Receiver-in-canal
  • Price per pair: $999
  • Customer service: Yes
  • Best for: Mild to moderate hearing loss

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Pros of the Lexie B2 Plus

  • Lightweight design. The device has a comfortable, sleek, and lightweight design to suit active lifestyles.
  • Free, ongoing support. The Lexie B2 Plus comes with free ongoing virtual consultations.
  • Easy to use. Along with a good price, this model is easy to use for someone mildly tech-savvy, offering remote support seven days a week, a wealth of information on their website, and a full refund for patients who aren’t satisfied with the product.

 

Cons of the Lexie B2 Plus

  • Shorter battery life. The Lexie B2 doesn’t maintain a single charge for as long as some other devices, especially the prescription hearing aids on this list.
  • Customization issues. The hearing aids are not customized based on the user’s hearing test, which can lead to inaccurate hearing aid adjustments.
  • No on-the-go tunes. The Lexie B2 Plus does not offer music streaming capabilities.

 

What our audiologists say about Lexie Hearing

Dr. Jessica Hinson, AuD, says that with highly recognizable Bose branding, the money for research and development is likely there for the Lexie B2 Plus, as Bose is already well-established in the sound-amplification and sound-transmitting space. She adds that Bose also possessed an understanding of the basics of these types of features long before OTC hearing aids were being discussed.

Dr. Ruth Reisman, AuD, notes simply that the Lexie B2 Plus is a great, affordable device for a patient who is looking for a rechargeable option.

Phonak Audéo Lumity: Best prescription rechargeable hearing aid

The Audéo Lumity helps patients understand speech better with features such as Phonak SmartSpeech Technology: Lumity uses an artificial intelligence-based (AI) machine to identify and adjust to differences in sound environments.

Patients can choose between disposable battery models (traditional hearing aids) and rechargeable lithium-ion battery models. The rechargeable solutions offer longer-lasting power and less hassling with batteries for those with dexterity challenges. They also often have advanced features to choose from among various models, as hearing aid technology has come a long way in the last decade.

This Phonak device is the second generation of its waterproof and sweatproof rechargeable hearing aid, made for those with an active lifestyle. It also features health data tracking as an added benefit for those with fitness and wellness goals, which syncs with the myPhonak app and Bluetooth connectivity-enabled devices.

  • Over-the-counter or prescription: Prescription
  • Style(s): Receiver-in-canal
  • Price per pair: $2,000-$7,000
  • Customer service: Remote support from a hearing care professional
  • Best for: Mild to profound hearing loss and active users

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Pros of the Phonak Audéo Lumity

  • Custom tinnitus-masking program. According to our board of audiologists, this model is one of the best prescription models for patients with mild to profound hearing loss. Phonak Lumity offers a custom tinnitus-masking program that your audiologist can set up while in the clinic, which the user can control using the myPhonak app.
  • Bluetooth compatibility. The Phonak Audéo Lumity offers Bluetooth connectivity compatible with any phone with Bluetooth capabilities: iPhones, Android phones, and even flip phones can work with these aids.
  • Background noise reduction. Our audiologists highly recommend the Audéo Lumity for background noise reduction features, which can handle more background noise and competing talkers in a given listening situation than competitors.

 

Cons of the Phonak Audéo Lumity

  • Battery life for profound loss. When being used  for profound loss, the device more quickly depletes its rechargeable battery. Our audiologists suggest adding a power pack to the charger, which will make it portable so a user can charge the devices even on a long travel or work day.
  • Marketing emails. Phonak’s lifestyle questionnaire, which is used to match users with their ideal device, is helpful to that end, but requires users to provide contact info to get their results, which could invite consistent marketing emails.
  • Unreliable chargers. Phonak has multiple charger types, both tabletop and portable, but the chargers reportedly malfunction often or have issues with intermittency.

 

What our audiologists say about Phonak

Dr. Jessica Hinson, AuD,  states that she would recommend the Phonak Audéo Lumity Life 90R (R for rechargeable) hearing aids for those users looking for complete waterproof coating.

Dr. Ruth Reisman, AuD, also likes that Phonak Audéo Lumity is fully waterproof, so patients can wear these devices in the shower or even for swimming.

Signia Pure Charge & Go IX: Best user-friendly rechargeable hearing aid

signia pure charge and go IX

Simple to use and with a robust support system via remote consultations, online resources, and more, Signia Pure Charge & Go IX is a great user-friendly option for any patient, but especially those just starting out on their journey with hearing aids.

Signia Pure Charge & Go has a lithium-ion rechargeable battery that features 20% extra battery capacity, and its Bluetooth connectivity supports streaming music, calls, and TV with high-quality sound. The device contains acoustic-motion sensor technology to deliver more custom-tailored settings based on the patient’s unique sound environment.

The device offers a tinnitus masking program that can be adjusted for each individual user by the audiologist, which uses a proprietary tinnitus notch therapeutic approach. Patients can also control and adjust settings via the Signia app and as well as contact their Signia hearing care professional for support on the go.

  • Over-the-counter or prescription: Prescription
  • Style(s): Receiver-in-canal
  • Price per pair: $2,000-$7,000
  • Customer service: Users are supported by Signia doctors and hearing care professionals via the app.
  • Best for: Mild to moderate hearing loss or first-time hearing aid users

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Pros of the Signia Pure Charge & Go IX

  • Remote programming support. Signia Pure Charge & Go IX has excellent and in-depth remote programming support from Signia doctors.
  • Includes tinnitus support. The device has been touted for its notch therapy approach to helping reduce a patient’s tinnitus.
  • Long battery life. This model is easy to use and has 20% extra rechargeable battery capacity compared to other models, which can maintain a single charge for 24 to 26 hours.

 

Cons of the Signia Pure Charge & Go IX

  • Higher price. The price point is somewhat higher than other comparable models and much higher than the OTC devices on this list.
  • Charging issues. These hearing aids are not always well-seated in the charger, so for those who travel with their charger, inconsistent charging may result.
  • Fragility. This model is not as hardy or durable as other manufacturers’ hearing aids.

 

What our audiologists say about Signia

Dr. Ruth Reisman, AuD says: “The Signia Pure Charge & Go IX provides the most features that Signia has to offer, including rechargeability, telecoil options, own voice processing, tinnitus masker, notched therapy, streaming, and hands-free phone calls.”

Dr. Jessica Hinson, AuD, states that as it is small and lightweight, the Signia Pure line is comfortable to wear and has good retention. To boot, she adds that their app is supreme, giving the user a great deal of control with a simple, user-friendly interface. In fact, she notes that their new IX model comes in a variety of price points and new ear tips, which resolves complaints of poor fit received about previous models.

Resound Nexia: Best rechargeable hearing aid for tinnitus 

According to insights from our team of audiologists, Resound Nexia is the best rechargeable hearing aid specifically for tinnitus. The device features a Tinnitus Relief app, which audiologists say is one of the best on the market for masking tinnitus, and contains preset programs or customizable sound-masking options. There is also a timer on the app, so hearing aid wearers can play the masker while trying to go to sleep without using battery life all night.

The Micro RIE is one of the industry’s smallest rechargeable receiver-in-ear hearing aids, which  provides all-day rechargeable battery life and allows hearing aid users to answer calls by double-tapping their ear. These ReSound devices also come in eight all-weatherproof color options.

  • Over-the-counter or prescription: Prescription
  • Style(s): MicroRIE, standard BTE, power BTE, and RIC
  • Price per pair: $3000-$6500
  • Customer service: Yes, patients can consult with hearing care professionals for adjustments and recommendations through the app.
  • Best for: Mild to profound hearing loss and tinnitus

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Pros of the Resound Nexia

  • Highly water-resistant. The Resound Nexia is almost completely waterproof, with an Ingress Protection (IP) 68 rating, which is great for active users or those in humid environments. For perspective, these IP ratings, which essentially denote how waterproof a device is, need to be higher in items intended for prolonged outdoor use, and these ones fit the bill.
  • Versatile device. The Resound Nexia has some of the best versatility when it comes to options for managing and alleviating tinnitus.
  • Fast charge time. The Resound Nexia is powerful for its small size, offering great charge time (approximately 30 hours per single charge), a wide variety of colors, and a high-quality app.

 

Cons of the Resound Nexia

  • Needs frequent cleaning. In some models, domes can get clogged with wax easily and should be cleaned regularly.
  • Lowest technology level has fewer features. There are three levels: nine, seven, and five. Level five doesn’t have as many features, so it may not be as consistent in noisy environments.
  • Higher-priced. As the Resound Nexia doesn’t really offer “entry-level” devices like Signia and Phonak, the advanced model is the only option, which puts it at a much higher price point.

 

What our audiologists say about Resound

Dr. Jessica Hinson, AuD says that the Nexia devices have proven successful at her practice in reducing tinnitus for most who are suffering from mild to severe tinnitus. She adds that the device also has reliable charging, which is up to 30 hours of use per charge after three hours of charging, and notes the charger is portable, sturdy, and well-made with both standard and desktop charging options.

Oticon Intent: Best noise-canceling rechargeable hearing aid

Oticon Intent’s noise-canceling features optimize what the user hears and how they hear it in as natural a way as possible. Using BrainHearing technology, Oticon acknowledges the brain’s role in how sound is perceived and interpreted, mimicking natural hearing processes. This technology references the wearer’s movements, environment, and surrounding conversations to pinpoint what the wearer wants or needs to listen to.

Listening is also enhanced by OpenSound Navigator to help users focus on the sounds they want to hear and reduce background noise by analyzing the surrounding environment and adjusting the hearing aids to improve speech understanding. Oticon Intent also has 20 hours of use, and just 30 minutes on the charger can provide up to eight hours of charge.

  • Over-the-counter or prescription: Prescription
  • Style(s): Receiver-in-canal
  • Price per pair: $3500-$7000
  • Customer service: While the best option for help with your hearing aids is your audiologist, the Oticon Intent customer support line is 855-400-9766 for Bluetooth technology or 24/7 support outside of office hours.
  • Best for: Mild to profound hearing loss, and excellent for sound-masking

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Pros of the Oticon Intent

  • Excellent sound masking technology. BrainHearing technology for more natural sound adjustments or enhancement and excellent sound masking. The feature acknowledges the brain’s role in processing sound and aims to mimic it for a more natural listening experience.
  • Reduces background noise. OpenSound Navigator feature to help users focus on the sounds they want to hear while reducing background noise. OpenSound Navigator technology analyzes the surrounding environment and adjusts the hearing aids to improve speech understanding.
  • Device longevity. Each set of Oticon Intent rechargeable hearing aids tends to last longer than other brands, offering roughly a seven-year lifespan.

 

Cons of the Oticon Intent

  • Less charging versatility. The Oticon Intent does not offer a portable charger option, which means devices need to be connected to an outlet to charge. This could create challenges for those who are often on the go or who have active lifestyles.
  • Requires a doctor’s visit. The Oticon Intent doesn’t offer direct-to-consumer service or OTC hearing aid options.
  • Less convenient battery maintenance. If the Oticon Intent’s battery dies or malfunctions, a user cannot have it replaced at their audiologist’s clinic. The batteries must be shipped out for maintenance.

 

What our audiologists say about Oticon

Dr. Jessica Hinson, AuD notes that the Oticon Intent receiver-in-the-ear with attached earmold offers many custom style and shape options: a softer option for those with sensitive ears. She says that the devices also have quick-fitting molds, which, while not custom, will warm up in a patient’s ear canal to offer a more customized fit without having to pay for fully customized earmolds.

Dr. Ruth Reisman, AuD shares that Oticon’s chargers have had ups and downs, but the latest generation, the Oticon Intent, has had a better charger than past models.

Starkey Genesis: Best custom-fit rechargeable hearing aid

Starkey Genesis AI

The Starkey Genesis offers 52 hours of life from a single full-charge. It also features wireless streaming, wireless accessories, single-sided technology, and smartphone connectivity. The device’s Edge mode uses AI for on-demand sound quality adjustment. It also allows binaural streaming for calls, music, and other media to both hearing aids directly for more true-to-life sound quality.

The practically invisible device has settings for wind and machine adaptations, as well as music enhancement and feedback cancellation. On their own, the devices make more than 80 million sound adjustments per hour.

Not only can they detect  and alert falls, but the Starkey Genesis tracks health goals and a steps counter to give users the comfort of knowing their safety and wellness are supported. The Hear Share app associated with the device allows caregivers access to the user’s info and details to better help with their health and care.

  • Over-the-counter or prescription: Prescription
  • Style(s): mRIC, RIC, ITC
  • Price per pair: $3000-$7000
  • Customer service: Yes, seven days a week
  • Best for: Mild to profound hearing loss

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Pros of the Starkey Genesis

  • Long-lasting charge. Starkey offers up to 52 hours of life from a single full-charge session.
  • Reliable devices. Starkey hearing aids offer a wealth of features for those wishing to take advantage of extra options, but are simple enough for those who just want a quality hearing aid that does the job well, reliably.
  • Comfortable earmolds. As Starkey began as an earmold lab, it makes sense they have produced custom hearing aids, even for those with very small or narrow ear canals, that fit well. The comfortable fit makes it easy to wear for those with an active lifestyle, which pairs well with its built-in wellness tracking sensors.

 

Cons of the Starkey Genesis

  • Not available over-the-counter. Starkey only makes prescription hearing aids, requiring an audiologist visit before being able to purchase them.
  • Expensive rechargeable device. While on the costly side, Starkey hearing aids’ price includes not only the devices and equipment, but also the support and additional services.
  • Former Thrive App may be hard to use. Users reported the former Thrive App as challenging to use, although the new My Starkey app for more recent hearing aid designs is more user-friendly.

 

What our audiologists say about Starkey

Dr. Jessica Hinson, AuD says that for those who are candidates for custom in-the-ear devices, there are only two rechargeable prescription options, and Starkey not only had the first rechargeable in-the-ear device, but it also seems to be the most consistent. She adds that Starkey has good sound quality,  the charger for custom-fit models is easy to use, and it is more intuitive than rechargeable in-the-ear models offered by other manufacturers.

Dr. Ruth Reisberg, AuD states that for those with severe hearing loss, the Starkey Genesis ITE line could be great because users get a personalized custom fit, premium technology, and the option for rechargeable. She notes that a user can also connect to their app for more control.

Rechargeable hearing aids vs others

While adjusting to life with hearing aids can be a significant transition, choosing a high-quality, rechargeable hearing aid that best meets your needs can make the process easier.

What really sets rechargeable options apart from other options is the lithium-ion batteries that power them. As the batteries are built directly into the hearing aids, it eliminates the often difficult task of handling tiny, hard-to-manipulate disposable batteries. This is a significant benefit for those who have less mobility and coordination in their hands than they once did, making for an all-around more user-friendly experience.

Rechargeable hearing aids are not only practical, but they’re also a more environmentally friendly option, too. Overnight charging ensures that your hearing aids are ready for use every day, all day, as just 3-4 hours of charging can produce up to 30 hours of use, reducing the waste from disposable batteries.

Furthermore, they can be more cost-effective in the long term: while the upfront cost might be higher, the annual cost of replacing disposable batteries is eradicated.

As rechargeable hearing aid options tend to be premium products, the initial investment can be higher compared to hearing aids with disposable batteries. Also, they do add the task of  remembering to charge them every night, similar to other electronic devices.

Lithium-ion batteries cater to optimal performance for about five to seven years, after which they may need to be replaced, which is also a cost to consider. Replacements can cost anywhere from $150-$300 on average.

What to look for in rechargeable hearing aids

When determining the ideal type of hearing aids for your individual hearing loss needs, the best approach is to do your research. Seek outside sources for information, such as both user reviews and expert/third-party reviews, as well as doing a thorough examination of your own lifestyle and the features it demands of whichever hearing aids you select.

When it comes to user reviews, our audiologists suggest looking for reviews on consistent charging and considering your lifestyle when researching charge times. For example, 16 hours of charge may sound like enough, but if a user is streaming phone calls to their hearing aids or is constantly in a loud environment or difficult listening situation, the hearing aid battery will wear down faster. Dr. Jessica Hinson suggests looking for models that tout at least 24 hours of use per charge.

Ask yourself these questions when considering rechargeable hearing aid features:

  • Aesthetics: How important to me is the look of a hearing aid? Do I want less visible or skin-toned options or colorful models that make a statement?
  • Automatic multi-directional adjustments: Where do I often spend time? Do I often find myself in busy or noisy environments?
  • Added features: Is making/taking phone calls or streaming music a large part of my daily activities?
  • Custom fitting: Given how many hours per day I’ll be wearing them, how important is it to me that they’re comfortable? Would I be okay with a standard fit, or would I prefer a partially or fully customized fit for my ear? Do my ears possess anatomical characteristics that would require a completely custom fit?
  • Simplicity: Am I pretty tech-savvy, or do I need a model that’s very easy to use and adjust?
  • Portable charging options: Am I often out and about, or am I home more?
  • Wellness/Health tracking options: Am I active or into wellness enough that step counting or wellness tracking is an important feature to help me meet my goals?
  • Waterproof options: Do I often partake in activities involving water or perspiration, or would I prefer being able to shower without removing my hearing aids?

While these are just a few ideas to get you started, they can get you one step closer to helping yourself figure out which key features to seek in your exploration of different rechargeable devices.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the life expectancy of rechargeable hearing aids? 

Most rechargeable hearing aids should last for many years. Still, the rechargeable hearing aid battery’s lifespan can average around 5 years, after which it may need professional replacement.

How often should I clean my rechargeable hearing aids? 

You should generally clean your hearing aids daily. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for any specific cleaning guidelines, as proper maintenance helps prolong the lifespan of your aids.

What are the common issues that might arise with rechargeable hearing aids?

Some potential issues might include a rechargeable hearing aid battery that no longer holds a charge effectively, the need to remember nightly charging, and in areas with frequent power outages, disposable hearing aid battery models might be safer.

What are the signs that rechargeable hearing aids need to be replaced? 

Signs might include consistent trouble charging, not lasting as long between charges, or increasingly poor sound quality. Remember to consult with your hearing healthcare provider for professional advice and possible solutions.

Are there any in-the-ear hearing aids that are rechargeable? 

Yes, some companies produce rechargeable in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids. ReSound, for example, offers a custom-made in-the-ear option. However, they may not be as common as behind-the-ear or receiver-in-canal rechargeable models, so it’s worth researching and consulting with a hearing healthcare provider.

Are rechargeable hearing aids bigger? 

Not necessarily. Rechargeable hearing aids come in various sizes and styles, including the rechargeable RIC (receiver-in-canal) hearing aid, which is quite compact. The size often depends on the model and brand rather than the rechargeable hearing aid battery type.