There is one component that is the key to keeping hearing aids cost effective and that’s the batteries. The cost of replacing them adds up fast and that makes it one of the largest financial considerations when shopping for hearing aids.
Usually the batteries die at the worst time which is even more troubling. This is a huge problem even for rechargeable brands.
There are things you can do to extend the life of the batteries in hearing aids, so you don’t have to stop and replace them a few times a week. Consider these six simple ways you can make those batteries last just a little bit longer.
1. Be a Smart Hearing Aid Consumer
It starts when you are beginning to shop for your hearing aids. Battery life depends on multiple factors such as features on the hearing aids or quality of the brand. And certain batteries are better than others. Cheap components and even cheaper batteries are what defines low quality hearing aids. You’ll be changing those batteries out all the time, so make sure to talk it over with your hearing specialist.
Compare the different models as you shop and, also, consider what features are crucial for you. Wireless models have batteries that need replacing 2 times as fast as devices with wires. The larger the hearing aid, the longer the battery will last, too. These larger devices can potentially go for a couple of weeks without needing new batteries as opposed to the smaller ones which will require battery replacement every two days. Get the features you need but understand how each one impacts the power drainage of the hearing aids.
2. Take the Time to Store the Hearing Aids Properly
To lessen drainage of power you will usually have to open the battery door at night. Also, you will want to:
A dry, cool place is where you should keep the batteries. Humidity and high temperatures will affect battery cells. Room temperature is fine just keep them out of the sun and away from heat sources include light bulbs.
Also, a dehumidifier is a smart idea. It’s one of the best ways to preserve both the hearing aids and their batteries. Humidity in the air is brutal on their delicate components.
3. Be Careful When You Change The Batteries
Make sure your hands are dry and clean. The life of the battery is adversely affected by dampness, dirt, and grease. Don’t forget to leave the plastic tab in place until you are ready to use the new batteries, too. The latest hearing aid batteries mix zinc with the air to power up. But you want to be ready before that occurs.
It is worth letting them sit out for five minutes after you pull the tab but before you put them in. The battery could be extended by days if you do this.
4. Play Around With Different Batteries and Battery Sources
High quality batteries have a longer life than bargain ones, obviously. Don’t just think about the brand, though, but what types of hearing aid batteries you’re using and also where you purchase them. If you buy in bulk, you can get good batteries for less at some big box stores.
If you buy them online, especially from auction sites like eBay, use caution. Batteries have an expiration date that they have to be sold by. You shouldn’t use them after they expire.
The easiest way to get batteries at an affordable cost is to ask your hearing care specialist.
5. Accept The Inevitable And be Ready For it
Eventually, the batteries are going to quit. If you don’t want to find yourself in a pinch, it’s helpful to get an idea when this will occur. To keep track of when the batteries fizzle and need to be changed, make a schedule. You’ll get an idea of when you need to change them over time.
A diary will also assist you in figuring out which brands are best for your hearing devices and what features have the biggest effect on the battery life.
6. Consider the Alternatives to Batteries
Some current day hearing aids are rechargeable and that is one of the best features. If you can save money on batteries, it will be worth paying a little more up front. If you need a bunch of features such as wireless or Bluetooth, then rechargeable batteries are probably the better choice.
Hearing aids are a significant investment but so are the batteries that you need to make them work. Extending the life of your batteries and saving money starts with a little due diligence. To find out what your best option for you is, schedule an appointment with a hearing aid specialist.