How to Extend the Lifespan of Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aids bring the gift of natural sound back to your ears, but they are only as useful as the batteries that power them. Hearing aid batteries may need to be replaced as often as every three days, which can be inconvenient and a strain on your budget. Following these tips will help you get the most use out of your hearing aid batteries, whatever the brand.
- Remove the seals from your new hearing aid batteries only when you need to use them. All hearing aid batteries come sealed with a sticker or tab you can pull off. When you remove the seal, air activates the battery. Once activated, a battery starts draining—even when it’s not inside your hearing aid. If you activate your hearing aid batteries before you’re ready to insert them, you will waste some of their power.
- Store new hearing aid batteries properly. They should be kept at room temperature, away from humidity. Heat can decrease their shelf life, and humidity can dissolve the adhesive that holds their seals in place. If the adhesive dissolves, the seals can fall off, activating your hearing aid batteries before you need them.
- Open the battery compartment door on your hearing aid when you are not using it. Most hearing aids don’t have a power button, so opening the door is the only way to turn them off. This will save the battery power that would otherwise be wasted when you’re not using the hearing aid. Opening the door is a good habit to practice whenever you take your hearing aid out for the night.
- Remove the battery from your hearing aid if you won’t be using it for an extended period of time, such as a few days. While you don’t necessarily have to take this step every night, it will extend some of the lifespan of hearing aid batteries when you’re not using them regularly.
- Use a high-quality digital hearing aids. A good hearing aid won’t require as much power to provide the right amount of sound adjustment for your ear. It should be equipped with directional microphone technology to help reduce background noise. This allows the hearing aid to operate at a lower volume level which in turn reduces the battery draw. The SmartAid Premium is a great example of this.
At Clearly Hearing you can save hundreds of dollars every year on your battery purchases alone.
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