Most hearing aids use sophisticated technology, and as professionals in the industry, we keep seeing trends in the technology improve. But sometimes, users have questions about battery life and battery quality which are important not to overlook.
Batteries are the life of your hearing aids, and you’ll want to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on them so that you can get the most from their power. We can help you choose the best quality hearing aid batteries for your needs, but here are the basics you should know in order to prolong the life of your hearing aid batteries:
Factors that affect hearing aid battery life
You can’t predict battery life for your hearing aids — they vary depending on the manufacturer, size, quality, and instrument power. Some hearing aids (particularly more advanced technologies) use batteries faster than others, and so users have to replace those batteries more often. Some small, more discreet hearing aids utilize very tiny batteries, but often, the smaller the battery is, the shorter its life might be.
If you wear your hearing aids frequently, that could also affect how quickly your battery runs out of life. Some hearing aid features — such as wireless, Bluetooth, and tinnitus sound generators — require more energy. You should also be conscious of weather conditions — things like humidity, temperature, and moisture which can also negatively affect battery life.
Tips for hearing aid battery care
If you’re looking for long-lasting hearing aid batteries, there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the most of your technology:
- Buy the best battery for you. Make sure you’re buying a professional-grade, high-quality battery, and be wary of purchasing batteries from online stores touting a bargain deal. You don’t want to compromise the performance of your hearing aid with a battery that can’t support your needs. Many inexpensive batteries are changed more frequently and actually cost more in the long run than a better quality battery.
- Your audiologist will be able to direct you to the best batteries for your hearing aids and specific needs.
- Charge the battery before inserting it into your hearing aid. You can do this by removing the sticker from your battery and exposing it to the air for at least 60 seconds before placing it into the hearing aid. The air exposure activates the battery. This small step will help you get 25 to 30 percent longer life from your batteries.
- Conserve battery energy when possible. When you’re not using your hearing aids — at night or any other time — turn them off. Open the battery door completely, which will ensure no accidental drainage of the battery. This will help to conserve the battery energy.
- Make sure your batteries are staying dry. It’s easy for moisture (from the air or sometimes just sweat) to find its way into the battery compartment in your hearing aid, which is why it’s important for you to open the battery door and allow the battery to dry out when not in use.
- Store batteries at room temperature. The days of storing batteries in the fridge are long over. Not only is it not necessary, but storing your batteries in extreme temperatures will often do more harm than good.
- Keep your batteries away from magnets. You might be tempted to store your hearing aid batteries in that kitchen junk drawer, and that’s fine — as long as that’s not the same place you keep unwanted fridge magnets or other magnetic devices. Getting your hearing aid batteries too close to magnets can ruin them.
- Get an inexpensive battery tester. Depending on the batteries you use and how often you use your hearing aids, battery life is usually about one to two weeks. To ensure that your batteries are functioning properly and at full strength, use a battery tester (you can find effective, inexpensive battery testers for around $20).
- Always keep spare batteries with you. Don’t get caught off guard: If your batteries die unexpectedly, due to inefficient charge or inclement weather, you want to make sure you’re not without the technology you depend on.
Do you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your hearing aids? Reach out to one of the doctoral-level professionals at Associated Audiologists for a consultation. Contact us today to make an appointment, and prevent hearing problems from affecting your everyday lifestyle.