The trick to keeping hearing aids economical hinges on just one component–the batteries. The cost of replacing them adds up fast and that makes it one of the largest financial concerns when shopping for hearing aids.
Usually the batteries quit at the worst time which is even more troubling. Even for rechargeable brands, this is a big problem.
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 several times every week. Think about these six straightforward ways you can make those batteries last just a little bit longer.
1. Be a Smart Hearing Aid Consumer
It begins when you are initially shopping for your hearing aids. Battery life is dependent on multiple factors like features on the hearing aids or quality of the brand. Not all batteries are made the same, either. Cheap components and even cheaper batteries are what defines low quality hearing aids. Make sure you discuss this with your hearing care specialist because you will be changing out the batteries a lot.
Consider what features you need, and make some comparisons as you shop around. You’ll find that non-wireless hearing aids come with batteries that can last two times as long as the wireless devices. The larger the hearing aid, the longer the battery will last, too. The smaller devices will need new batteries every couple of days, but larger models can go for up to two weeks on one set of cells. Get the features you need but understand how each one impacts the power drainage of the hearing aids.
2. The Hearing Aids Need to be Stored Properly
To lessen drainage of power you will normally need to open the battery door at night. Also, you will want to:
Store your batteries in a cool, dry location. Battery cells are adversely impacted by high temperature and humidity. The most important thing is to keep them away from heat sources like light bulbs. Room temperature is fine.
Consider using a hearing aid dehumidifier, too. It’s one of the smartest ways to protect both the hearing aids and their batteries. Their delicate components are easily damaged by moisture in the air.
3. Take Precautions When Changing the Batteries
Be certain your hands are dry and clean. The life of the battery is adversely impacted by humidity, dirt, and grease. Until you are ready to use the batteries, be sure to leave the plastic tabs in place. The latest 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 pull the tab but before you put them in. The battery could be prolonged by days if you do this.
4. Play Around With Different Batteries and Battery Sources
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 where you purchase them, as well. Big box stores might sell good batteries for less per unit if you buy in bulk.
If you buy them online, particularly 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 best way to find batteries at an affordable price is to ask your hearing care specialist.
5. Accept The Inevitable And be Ready For it
Sooner or later, the batteries are going to die. It’s beneficial if you get an idea when that will happen, so you don’t find yourself in a pinch. Make a schedule of when you replace the batteries and when they fizzle. You’ll get a feel for when you need to replace them over time.
So you can figure out 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 current day hearing aids are rechargeable and that is one of the best features. You may pay slightly more for those units, but it will be worth it if you can save money on batteries. If you need a lot of features like wireless or Bluetooth, then rechargeable batteries are probably the best option.
Hearing aids are a significant investment but so are the batteries that you need to make them work. A little 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.