Hearing Aid Batteries Last Longer with These Tips
The difference that a good pair of hearing aids can make is not something to be underestimated. They help you connect with the world around you and make conversations easier. However, to ensure they keep having that same impact, you need to take good care of them. This includes taking care of your batteries.
All hearing aid batteries run out at some point and it’s important to make sure you have backups on hand at all times. However, if your batteries don’t last as long as they’re supposed to, there could be another issue at hand, and you could maybe use a few tips to make sure they’re taken care of.
How long should hearing aid batteries last?
There are different sizes of battery on the market, each of them with a different average longevity. Depending on the type of hearing aid you use, what features and technology are inside them, and even the environments you use your hearing aids in, those batteries can drain at a different rate. In general, your hearing aid batteries should last between three and 10 days depending on the hearing aid model you have. If they don’t, here are a few tips you should consider.
Use your oldest batteries first
You don’t want to let your batteries sit in storage for too long as they will slowly lose their charge, even when they’re not being used and even with the tab still on. When changing batteries, use the ones that you have had for the longest, so you can make sure you get your money’s worth out of them.
Store them in a dry, room temperature area
The heat, the cold, and moisture can all have a negative impact on your batteries. Not only can they drain them, but moisture can even corrode batteries, causing them to leak acid into the hearing aid which can do a lot of damage. A dry, cool area is the right kind of environment for your batteries. Make sure you never store them in the bathroom or fridge.
Use a hearing aid dehumidifier
Another way to avoid the risk of moisture is to use a hearing aid dehumidifier. These devices are a great place to store your hearing aid, as well as your batteries, and to drain the humidity from them as you do. Not only can it ensure more efficient battery use, but it can be vital for preventing damage and repairs, too.
Wash your hands before handling batteries
The dirt, debris and grease on your hands can easily get caught on your batteries, which can damage them as well as the hearing aid. For that reason, wash and dry your hands before you take your batteries out, switch them, install them, or handle them in any other way.
Wait a while after taking off the tabs
Before installing new batteries, you must pull the protective seal or tab off them. Before putting it in the hearing aid, however, you should give it time for the air to activate them. This is commonly known as letting them “breathe” and you should do it for 3-5 minutes before installing them in the device. Make sure you store them in a dry, room temperature place while you’re waiting, of course.
Only remove the tabs when you’re going to use the battery
Just like the air causes the materials in the battery to activate, it also means they’re going to start draining. As such, don’t remove the tab only to leave the battery lying around for hours. After you’re done letting them “breathe” put them to use as soon as you can. Otherwise, you could end up cutting the longevity of the battery much shorter than it should be.
Don’t close the battery component when not using your hearing aids
When you stop using your hearing aid, such as when you bathe or go to sleep, you should take out the battery and place both the device and the battery in a cool, dry space, such as in a hearing aid dehumidifier. Keep the battery storage compartment open at the same time, to allow the excess moisture to escape from inside.
Ask your audiologist
Sometimes, you might find your batteries are draining too quick even if you follow all of the above tips. A malfunction with your hearing aid or a battery mismatch could be the cause. Get in touch with your audiologist and they may be able to find the fix that you’re missing. To learn more about hearing aid care and use, don’t hesitate to call Hearing Health Care at 843-491-6156 for our Myrtle Beach office or 843-491-6156 for our Conway office.