There is one component that is the key to making hearing aids cost effective and that is 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.
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 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. 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 starts. Battery life depends on several factors like features of the hearing aids or quality of the brand. And certain batteries are higher quality than others. Some cheaper hearing products have low quality parts that work with cheaper cell batteries. Make sure you discuss this with your hearing care specialist because you will be switching out the batteries a lot.
Compare the different models as you shop and, also, think about what features are essential for you. You’ll find that non-wireless hearing aids come with batteries that can last two times as long as the wireless devices. And the bigger hearing aids have longer lasting batteries. The smaller devices will need new batteries every two days, but larger models can go for around two weeks on one battery. Get the features you need but understand how each one affects the power drainage of the hearing aids.
2. The Hearing Aids Need to be Stored Properly
In most cases, the manufacturer will suggest opening the battery door at night to lessen power drainage. Also, you will want to:
Keep your batteries in a cool, dry place. Humidity and high temperatures will impact battery cells. 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 idea. It’s one of the best ways to protect both the hearing aids and their batteries. Their fragile components are easily destroyed by moisture in the air.
3. Be Careful When You Change The Batteries
Begin with clean, dry hands. Humidity, grease, and dirt all affect battery quality. Until you are ready to use the batteries, be sure to leave the plastic tabs on. Modern hearing aid batteries mix zinc with the air to power on. But you want to be ready before that occurs.
After you pull the tab, but before you put them in, it’s good to let them sit out for 5 minutes. The battery could be prolonged by days if you do this.
4. Play Around With Different Batteries and Battery Sources
It goes without saying, bargain batteries will wear out faster than quality ones. 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.
Use caution if you buy them online, particularly from an auction site such as eBay. 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. Accept The Unavoidable And be Ready For it
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 occur. To keep track of when the batteries fizzle and need to be replaced, make a schedule. Over time, you’ll get a feel for when you need replacements.
So you can determine what features have the biggest effect on the battery and which brand batteries are appropriate for your device, keep a diary.
6. Consider the Alternatives to Batteries
Some modern day hearing aids are rechargeable and that is one of the best features. You might 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.
The batteries that make hearing aids run can be as substantial an investment as the hearing aids are. 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.