There is one component that is crucial to keeping hearing aids cost effective and that’s the batteries. It is one of the largest financial challenges consumers have to deal with when buying hearing aids because the costs of replacing them can add up fast.
Usually the batteries die at the worst time which is even more troubling. Even for rechargeable brands, this is a big problem.
There are things you can do to increase the life of the batteries in hearing aids, so you don’t have to stop and replace them a few times a week. Consider these six straightforward ways you can make those batteries last just a little bit longer.
1. Be a Smart Hearing Aid Consumer
When you first start to shop for your hearing aids is when it all starts. Brand quality and hearing aid features are a couple of the factors which determine battery life. And certain batteries are better than others. Some less expensive hearing devices have low quality parts that work with cheaper cell batteries. You’ll be changing those batteries out all the time, so make sure to talk it over with your hearing specialist.
Think about what features you need, and make some comparisons as you shop around. Wireless versions have batteries that die 2 times as fast as models with wires. The bigger the hearing aid, the longer the battery life, too. These larger devices can potentially go for a couple of weeks without needing new batteries as opposed to the smaller ones which will need battery replacement every couple of days. Get the features you require but understand how each one impacts the power drainage of the hearing aids.
2. The Hearing Aids Need to be Stored Properly
To prevent drainage of power you will normally have to open the battery door at night. Also, you will want to:
A dry, cool place is where you should keep the batteries. Battery cells are adversely impacted by high temperature and moisture. Room temperature is fine just keep them out of the sun and away from heat sources include light bulbs.
Also, a dehumidifier is a smart consideration. Both the batteries and the hearing aid itself are protected in this way. Their delicate components are easily destroyed by moisture in the air.
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3. Take Precautions When Changing the Batteries
Begin with clean, dry hands. The life of the battery is adversely impacted by humidity, dirt, and grease. Until it’s time 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 on. 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 put them in. The battery could be prolonged by days if you do this.
4. Play Around With Different Batteries and Battery Sources
Quality batteries have a longer life than bargain ones, obviously. Think about not only the brands, though, but what types of hearing aid batteries you’re using and where you purchase them, as well. If you buy in bulk, you can get good batteries for less at some big box stores.
If you buy them online, especially from auction sites like eBay, use caution. Batteries have an expiration date that they need to be sold by. Once they expire, they shouldn’t be used.
Ask your hearing specialist for advice on where to find batteries at affordable prices.
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5. Be Ready For The Inevitable
Sooner or later, the batteries are going to quit. If you don’t want to find yourself in a pinch, it’s better to get an idea when this will happen. To keep track of when the batteries fizzle and need to be replaced, make a schedule. You’ll get an idea of when you need to replace 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 affect on the battery life.
6. Consider the Alternatives to Batteries
Some current day hearing aids are rechargeable and that is one of the best features. You could pay a little more for those units, but it will be worth it if you can save money on batteries. If you need a bunch of features such as wireless or Bluetooth, then rechargeable batteries are probably the better choice.
Hearing aids are a considerable investment but the batteries that make them work are too. Extending the life of your batteries and saving cash starts with some due diligence. Contact a hearing aid retailer for some information on what option is best for you.