There is one component that is the key to keeping hearing aids cost effective and that is the batteries. The cost of exchanging them adds up quickly and that makes it one of the largest financial considerations when buying hearing aids.
Even more worrying, what if the batteries quit at absolutely the worst moment? This is a huge issue even for rechargeable brands.
There are things you can do to increase the life of the batteries in hearing aids, so you don’t need to stop and replace them several times every week. Make the batteries last just a little bit longer by considering these 6 simple ideas.
1. If You’re Looking to Buy a Hearing Aid, be Smart About it
When you first start to shop for your hearing aids is when it all begins. Brand quality and hearing aid features are a couple of the factors which determine battery life. Not all batteries are made the same, either. Some cheaper hearing products have low quality components that work with cheaper cell batteries. Be sure to discuss this with your hearing care specialist because you will be switching out the batteries a lot.
Think about what features you need, and make some comparisons as you look around. Wireless models have batteries that die 2 times as fast as devices with wires. The larger the hearing aid, the longer the battery life, too. The smaller devices require new batteries every couple of days, but larger models can go for up to two weeks on one battery. Get the features you need but understand how each one affects 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 need to open the battery door at night. Also, you will want to:
Store your batteries in a cool, dry place. Batteries are adversely impacted by high temperature and moisture. The main thing is to keep them away from heat sources like light bulbs. Room temperature is okay.
Think about using a hearing aid dehumidifier, too. Both the batteries and the hearing aid itself are protected by doing this. Humidity in the air is hard on their delicate components.
3. Take Precautions When Changing the Batteries
Make sure your hands are dry and clean. Moisture, dirt, and grease all impact battery quality. Don’t forget to leave the plastic tab on until it’s time to use the new batteries, too. Modern hearing aid batteries mix zinc with the air to power up. You don’t need that to happen before you are ready.
It is worth letting them sit out for five minutes after you remove the tab but before you put them in. The battery could be prolonged by days if you do this.
4. Different Battery Sources And Batteries Can be Experimented with
High quality batteries will last longer than bargain ones, obviously. Don’t only think about the brand, though, but what types of hearing aid batteries you’re using and also where you buy them. If you buy in quantity, you can get good batteries for less at some big box stores.
Be careful if you buy them online, especially from an auction site like eBay. Batteries have an expiration date that they need to be sold by. You shouldn’t use them once they expire.
The best way to find batteries at an affordable cost is to ask your hearing care specialist.
5. Be Ready For The Inevitable
The batteries are going to die eventually. If you don’t want to find yourself in a difficult situation, it’s better to get an idea when this will happen. Keep a schedule of when you replace the batteries and when they fizzle. Over time, you’ll get an idea for when you need replacements.
So you can determine what features have the biggest effect on the battery and which brand batteries are best for your device, keep a diary.
6. What Are the Alternatives to Batteries
Some modern 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 initially. If you need a lot of features like wireless or Bluetooth, then rechargeable batteries are likely the better option.
Hearing aids are a considerable investment but the batteries that make them work are too. Extending the life of your batteries and saving cash begins with some due diligence. Contact a hearing aid retailer for some information on what option is best for you.