The key to making hearing aids economical lies in just one component–the batteries. The cost of replacing them adds up quickly and that makes it one of the largest financial concerns when shopping for 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 some 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 a week. Consider these six simple ways you can make those batteries last just a little bit longer.
1. If You’re Looking to Buy a Hearing Aid, be Smart About it
It begins when you are beginning to shop for your hearing aids. Battery life depends on multiple factors like features on the hearing aids or brand quality. Not all batteries are made the same, either. Some cheaper hearing devices have low quality parts that work with cheaper cell batteries. You’ll be switching those batteries out a lot, so be certain to discuss this with your hearing specialist.
Think about what features you need, and make some comparisons as you shop around. You’ll discover that non-wireless hearing aids have batteries that can last twice as long as the wireless devices. And the bigger hearing aids have longer lasting batteries. These larger devices can possibly go for two weeks without needing new batteries as opposed to the smaller ones which will require battery replacement every two days. Get the features you need but understand how each one impacts the power usage of the hearing aids.
2. Take the Time to Store the Hearing Aids Properly
In most situations, the manufacturer will suggest opening the battery door at night to lessen power drainage. Also, you will want to:
Store your batteries in a cool, dry location. Humidity and high temperatures will affect battery cells. Room temperature is okay 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.
3. Take Precautions When Changing the Batteries
Make sure your hands are dry and clean. Moisture, grease, and dirt all affect battery life. Until you are ready to use the batteries, be sure to leave the plastic tabs on. In order to power on, current hearing aid batteries mix zinc with air. You don’t want that to happen before you are ready.
After you remove the tab, but before you use them, it’s good to let them sit out for 5 minutes. Doing this can extend the life of the battery by days.
4. Different Battery Sources And Batteries Can be Experimented with
Quality batteries will last longer than cheap ones, obviously. Think about not just the brands, though, but what types of hearing aid batteries you’re using and where you buy them, too. Big box stores might sell good batteries for less per unit if you buy in quantity.
Be careful if you buy them online, especially from an auction site like eBay. Batteries have sell-by and expiration dates. After they expire, they shouldn’t be used.
Consult 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. 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 change them over time.
A diary will also assist you in figuring out which brands are best for your hearing devices and what features have the biggest effect on the battery life.
6. Consider the Alternatives to Batteries
One of the best things about newer hearing aids is that some are rechargeable. If you can save money on batteries, it will be worth paying a little more initially. Rechargeable batteries are likely the best choice if you need a lot of features such as Bluetooth or wireless.
The batteries that make hearing aids run can be as significant an investment as the hearing aids themselves. A little due diligence goes a long way to lengthening the life of those batteries and saving you money. Contact a hearing aid retailer for some information on what option is best for you.