There is one component that is crucial to keeping hearing aids cost effective and that is the batteries. The cost of exchanging them adds up fast and that makes it one of the largest financial issues when buying hearing aids.
Usually the batteries die at the worst time which is even more distressing. This is a big issue even for rechargeable brands.
There are a few 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 every week. Make the batteries last just a little bit longer by considering these 6 easy ideas.
1. Be a Smart Hearing Aid Consumer
When you first start shopping for your hearing aids is when it all begins. Quality of brand and hearing aid features are a couple of the factors which dictate battery life. Not every battery is made the same, either. Some less expensive hearing products have low quality components that work with cheaper cell batteries. Be sure to talk this over this with your hearing care specialist because you will be switching out the batteries constantly.
Consider what features you need, and make some comparisons as you shop around. Wireless models come with batteries that need replacing twice as fast as devices with wires. And the larger hearing aids have longer lasting batteries. The smaller devices will need new batteries every couple of days, but larger models can go for up to two weeks on one battery. Recognize how all of the features of a hearing aid impact the power usage and then select the ones you need.
2. Take the Time to Store the Hearing Aids Properly
In most situations, the manufacturer will suggest opening the battery door at night to prevent power drainage. Also, you will want to:
Store your batteries in a cool, dry place. Humidity and heat will impact battery cells. The main thing is to keep them away from heat sources like light bulbs. Room temperature is fine.
Think about using a hearing aid dehumidifier, too. It’s one of the smartest ways to protect both the hearing aids and their batteries. Their fragile components are easily destroyed by moisture in the air.
3. Take Precautions When Changing the Batteries
Be certain your hands are dry and clean. Dampness, dirt, and grease all impact battery quality. Don’t forget to leave the plastic tab in place until it’s time to use the new batteries, too. In order to power on, current hearing aid batteries mix zinc with air. You don’t want 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 install them. Doing this can extend the life of the battery by days.
4. Different Battery Sources And Batteries Can be Experimented with
Quality batteries have a longer life than bargain ones, obviously. Don’t only think of the brand, though, but what types of hearing aid batteries you’re using and where you buy them, as well. Big box stores commonly sell quality batteries for less per unit if you buy in quantity.
If you buy them online, especially from auction sites such as eBay, be careful. Batteries have sell-by and expiration dates. After they expire, they shouldn’t be used.
Ask your hearing specialist for advice on where to find batteries at affordable prices.
5. Be Ready For The Inevitable
The batteries are going to quit eventually. If you don’t want to find yourself in a pinch, it’s better to get an idea when this will happen. Keep a schedule of when you change the batteries and when they fizzle. You’ll get a feel for when you need to change them over time.
A diary will also assist you in figuring out which brands are right for your hearing devices and what features have the biggest effect on the battery life.
6. What Are the Alternatives to Batteries
Some modern day hearing aids are rechargeable and that is one of the greatest features. If you can save money on batteries, it will be worth paying a little more up front. Rechargeable batteries are likely the best choice if you need a lot of features such as Bluetooth or wireless.
Hearing aids are a significant investment but the batteries that make them work are too. A small amount of due diligence goes a long way to extending the life of those batteries and saving you cash. To find out what your best option for you is, schedule an appointment with a hearing aid specialist.