The Trick to Making Hearing Aid Batteries Last Longer
Hearing aid batteries need changing on a regular basis, but there are ways you can maximize performance and prolong life expectancy. If you’re keen to save time and money by getting the best out of your hearing aid batteries, here are some tips and tricks to take on board.
Making your hearing aids last longer
If you can make your hearing aid batteries last longer, you’ll save yourself time, effort and money. Here are some of the best ways to extend the lifespan of your batteries:
Don’t stockpile hearing aid batteries
Hearing aid batteries can last for years when they’re stored in unopened packaging, but as time passes, the power and performance will diminish. It’s best to purchase new batteries as and when you need them, rather than keeping a store of unopened batteries at home. If you do have a few packets of batteries to get through, use the oldest first. Make sure you check expiration dates before you use your batteries.
Remove the tab when you’re ready to use your new batteries
Hearing aid batteries have a protective tab, which covers the tiny holes on the top of the battery. As hearing aids use unique batteries, known as zinc-air batteries, it’s wise to remove the tab at the last moment. This tab acts as a shield, and once it is taken away, air will enter the battery, activating the zinc. The battery will then spring to life and the power will start to drain immediately. By waiting to take the tab off, you can extend the life expectancy of the battery.
Leave your batteries for five minutes before placing them in the hearing aid
It’s a good idea to leave your hearing aid batteries for around five minutes between removing the tab and placing them inside the hearing aids. This will ensure that the battery is fully activated before you start using your hearing aids. Doing this can extend the lifespan by up to 72 hours.
Keep your hands clean
When changing your hearing aid batteries, wash your hands before handling the new battery. This will prevent debris and dirt getting into the battery chamber, which should optimize performance and longevity.
Leave the battery holder open when not using your hearing aids
When you’re not using your hearing aids, it’s advisable to switch them off and store them in a dry place with the battery door open. This enables any excess moisture to drain away and prevents corrosion. If you don’t plan to use your hearing aids for an extended period of time, you could also remove the batteries.
Invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier
Hearing aid dehumidifiers are designed to reduce exposure to moisture to protect the hearing aids and the batteries. They also provide safe storage when you’re not using your hearing aids, for example, at night.
Choose a safe, dry place to store your hearing aids
Hearing aid batteries can be damaged by exposure to wet, damp areas, so make sure you keep your hearing aids in a safe, dry place when you’re not wearing them. The container you keep your devices in should provide protection from extreme temperatures and moisture. If you use the same receptacle, you should also find that it’s easy to locate your hearing aids when you want to put them in. Ideally, your hearing aids should be kept at room temperature at all times.
Ask your audiologist for advice
If you have any questions about replacing or changing batteries, or you’re finding that your batteries are running out faster than they should be, don’t hesitate to give your audiologist a call and ask for advice. Your audiologist will be able to give you some tips to prolong battery life and answer any questions or queries.
If you use hearing aids, you’ll need to change the batteries on a regular basis, but it’s natural to want to get the best results for your money. There are some simple steps you can take to make your batteries last longer, which will save you time and reduce spending on new batteries. Try and avoid buying in bulk, lift the tab off when you’re ready to use the new battery and then wait five minutes to ensure the battery is fully activated. Keep your hearing aids in a dry, safe place always. Invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier if you’re worried about moisture, always check the expiration date before placing a new battery and don’t be afraid to get in touch if you have any questions or problems.
If you’d like more information or you need advice, call Desert Hearing Care today at 480-985-2544.