All hearing aids have batteries and they come in several sizes. It is very important that the batteries are inserted into your hearing aid correctly. At Associates in Hearing, we will ensure that you understand how to best care for your hearing aids and this includes an understanding of what batteries you will need and how to insert them.
The average life of hearing aid batteries is 5 days – 3 weeks depending on the sizes and power of the hearing aid. Volume control can also affect the life of your batteries.
The best hearing aid batteries currently on the market are what are Zinc-Air. A Zinc-Air hearing aid batteries typically last longer than the outdated mercury batteries and are much less toxic to recycle. They come with a protective tab at the top which protects the energy inside the battery from being lost in transport and packaging. You must remember to remove this tab before inserting into your hearing aid.
Hearing aid batteries should be stored in a cool, dry place just like other batteries – however, because hearing aid batteries operate at full power until they are fully drained, they tend to lose power quite abruptly. It is always a good idea to carry extra or spare hearing aids – just in case!
– Take the battery tab off and let it sit for 2 minutes before inserting it into your hearing aid. Battery companies state that it allows time for the battery to charge up to full strength and is shown to give users up to an extra day of battery life.
– Take an extra look at those expiration dates! Batteries that have an expiration date before 2018 are more likely to contain defective or dead batteries. This is because the batteries with dates of expiration in 2016 have been sitting in storage for around 2 years and have been exposed to multiple elements. Having reliable batteries is important and worth the extra dollar it may cost for a reputable brand.
– Never expose your hearing aid batteries to any type of moisture. This may seem obvious but the corrosion of a battery can end up ruining a hearing aid. Make sure to take out a battery immediately if you start to notice a green or white coloring on it.