Cochlear Implant Batteries

By miracle, I decided to clean out my office closet where I found Cochlear stuff. I had forgotten my new CI came with rechargeable batteries (you have the option of using disposables and rechargeables). The nice thing about rechargeables is that you take the whole thing out and replace it with another. This as opposed to removing the little batteries from their slots, dropping batteries, and not getting them out of their slots without a small instrument (when the finger nails aren’t long enough).

Since I’m low on disposable batteries, I decided to look up the cost of the rechargeables as having two isn’t enough. I keep getting stuck at tennis without a backup since I don’t want to lose my backup — yet I can carry disposables in my bag and in my purse without remembering to take them out to move them into whatever I’m currently using.

It’s $195 for a rechargeable battery! They last about a year. Looked up the cost of the disposables and paid about $150 with shipping for 300 pieces (the CI uses three batteries and each wear lasts about three days = almost a year’s worth of batteries). The rechargeables don’t last as long as the disposables (more like two days). For a $50 difference, I guess I’ll have to continue polluting with disposables.

I’d need to order at least two rechargeables to be able to ensure I always have a backup with me and $400 is a bit much.

7 comments

Skip to comment form

    • IamMine on August 28, 2007 at 9:41 pm
    • Reply

    150??
    Rip off!
    I pay $84.95 for a year of batteries.
    ZeniPower works just like CochlearAmerica’s batteries – I don’t see any difference between those two products at all.
    I also noticed they last longer – by few hours or a day, depending on how much it drains from the processor.
    I buy ’em from http://shopping.microbattery.com/s.nl/it.A/id.4481/.f?sc=2&category=468
    I hope that helps! 🙂

    1. I wanted to see what the Cochlear Implant look like before I decided to buy by this company. My color is beige. Can you take a picture of the batteries please because it cost me $200 a piece, thanks

      Thank You,
      Pamela Townsend

      1. It depends on which brand and model of cochlear implant you have. What I have may not be the same as yours. Most cochlear implant companies have pictures on their websites.

    • Meryl on August 29, 2007 at 7:42 am
    • Reply

    I shop at Microbattery, too. I chose a different brand since I was not familiar with Zeni. Now that I have your testimonial — I’ll order that next time. Thank you.

  1. thats very expencive, but it would be nice to have rechargables for the hearing aids too, but they dont exist! :p rechargables in general for all things, rarely last as long as disposables, so like you said thats ur best bet! 🙂

  2. I used to get frustrated prying the batteries out by fingernail until my students showed me something even more handy and blatantly obvious — use the magnet to pull out the batteries. Thanks, kids.
    Also, at some point the rechargeables stop lasting as long as they are supposed. I had a couple students who brought their chargers to school so they could switch batteries throughout the day and have the others charging so they weren’t without sound when they got home. However, I don’t know how long their family was trying to make those batteries last.

    • Ed on October 27, 2007 at 7:37 pm
    • Reply

    I use the rechargable batteries..
    For me that is the best way to go, I have to change my batteries about every 12 hrs. When I got my CI, I got the charger with four battery packs. They last for two years, the cost is $600.00.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.