Think of your hearing aid battery like a car battery. There’s an enormous amount of responsibility that comes with operating a vehicle, and you wouldn’t get the bargain-brand battery for it. Likewise, with a hearing aid, you’re investing in a piece of technology designed to help you live a full life — why would you want anything less than the very best operating equipment to ensure you get the most out of it?
Associated Audiologists carries professional, mercury-free batteries designed to work specifically with high-performing hearing aids. Because they are designed to work with modern hearing aids, these batteries will provide the efficiency you need to keep your devices performing at their best. But eventually, your hearing aid battery will wear out — most batteries last one to two weeks. To ensure that you get the full value out of your battery, you’ll want to take a few extra measures. The following tips will help you get the most life out of your hearing aid batteries.
- Before you put new batteries into your hearing aid, remove the sticker and expose them to the air for at least a full minute. This one simple step will give your battery a 25 to 30 percent longer life span.
- When you take out your hearing aid to go to bed — or any other prolonged occasion when you’re not using it — pop the battery door open. Not only will this extend the life, you’ll also allow the hearing aid to dry out.
- Store your extra batteries out of direct sunlight and in a dry, cool place — but not in the refrigerator. You don’t want moisture from the fridge to get into your batteries and ruin them. Storing batteries at room temperature has proven most effective in extending the life. Usually, a desk drawer or storage box in a cool part of your home will work best. Avoid storing batteries in the bathroom; steam from hot water also creates moisture, which could negatively affect the integrity of your battery.
- You can also invest in a battery tester — many can be found for under $15 — if you’d like to track your hearing aid battery’s life. And be aware that your battery has an expiration date, which is printed on the packaging. As always, your audiologist will be able to help you find the right batteries for your hearing aid, and can give you more tips on getting the most out of them.
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