Modern hearing aids are incredibly sophisticated. They make use of the latest advancements in technologies to help wearers hear even the tiniest of noises. Fast signal processing algorithms, proactive audible feedback, Tinnitus support, multi-directional microphones – all help users hear better and remember more, with less effort.
With so much processing happening onboard, it’s no surprise that hearing aid batteries do not last long. The battery duration depends on several factors like – hearing aid model, style, quality and make, usage frequency, etc.
While most of these factors are beyond your control, specific maintenance procedures can maximize the life of your hearing aid batteries.
8 Ways to Prolong the Life of your Hearing Aid Batteries
- Choose a Reputed Manufacturer and the Right Model
While this isn’t directly related to battery care, it all starts from here. It doesn’t matter whether you choose low price hearing aids or a top-of-the-line model; you need the right manufacturer. Look for brands that have been manufacturing hearing aids for years. Make sure to go through reviews of a model before you purchase it. If possible, connect with other buyers to get their feedback on battery efficiency.
- Look for Batteries that have a recent Manufacture Date
When you go battery shopping, make sure to check the manufacture date, before you add it to your shopping cart. When batteries remain on the store shelf for a long time, they lose some power. While this power drainage is minuscule, it has an impact on the life of the battery. Look for cells that have a recent manufacture date.
- Read the Instruction Manual Thoroughly
Improper insertion of the battery not only damages the device but could also impact performance. So, make sure to go through the manual that comes along with your hearing aid before you start using it.
- Activate the battery, only when you are Ready to Use It
All hearing aid batteries have a plastic tab that has to be removed before it can be used. Some users have the habit of peeling the outer wrapper and the plastic tag of batteries as soon as they get back from the store.
Remember that as soon as you remove the plastic tab, the battery gets activated and starts draining power. So, make sure that you don’t remove it until you want to use it.
- Wait for a Few Minutes before Installing the Battery
Once you remove the plastic tab, you have to wait for a few minutes before inserting the battery into the compartment on the hearing aid. This waiting time is known as “breathing time” and allows the battery to get activated with full power.
- Don’t leave the batteries in the compartment, when you’re not using the Hearing Aid
If you have a habit of removing the hearing aid at night or while you’re on vacation, make sure to remove the batteries. It helps to prevent corrosion and eliminates power drainage.
Here’s the right procedure to store your hearing aid when you’re not wearing it:
- Turn the device off
- Open the battery compartment and leave the door open. It helps to prevent moisture from getting trapped in the machine.
- Alternatively, you can also remove the batteries and reinsert them in the morning.
- Invest in a Dehumidifier
One of the main reasons for the fast-drainage of battery power is due to moisture trapped inside the device. There are special dehumidifiers that work with cheap hearing aids. It helps to absorb moisture, thereby ensuring that the battery power is used efficiently. You can store the hearing aid along with the dehumidifier, to increase battery life.
- Learn Proper Battery Storage Tips
Some users refrigerate unused batteries assuming that it prevents battery drain. This is a wrong practice. It’s sufficient if cells are stored at normal room temperature. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before replacing batteries, as the dirt in your hands can damage the delicate components of the hearing aid.
Don’t let dead batteries remain in the compartment for long, as it can swell up or corrode, causing damage to the device.
Alternatively, you can Switch to a Rechargeable Hearing Aid
Yes, there are some new models of rechargeable hearing aids that don’t require batteries to be replaced. You can charge the battery overnight and use it throughout the next day. It’s sufficient if you replace the battery once a year and not every few days like you would do with regular hearing aids. Get in touch with your doctor to see if rechargeable devices are right for your hearing needs.