The trick to keeping hearing aids cost effective lies in just one component–the batteries. It is one of the largest financial worries consumers have to deal with when buying hearing aids because the costs of replacing them can add up fast.
Even more worrying, what if the batteries die at absolutely the worst moment? This is a huge issue even for rechargeable brands.
There are a few things you can do to increase the life of the batteries in hearing aids, so you don’t have to stop and replace them several times a 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 starts when you are beginning to shop for your hearing aids. Brand quality and hearing aid features are just a couple of the factors which determine battery life. And certain batteries are higher quality than others. Some less expensive hearing devices have low quality parts that work with cheaper cell batteries. You’ll be changing those batteries out a lot, so be certain to discuss this with your hearing specialist.
Compare the different models as you shop and, also, consider what features are essential for you. Wireless versions come with batteries that die twice as fast as devices with wires. The larger the hearing aid, the longer the battery will last, too. The smaller devices require new batteries every couple of days, but larger models can go for up to two weeks on one battery. Get the features you require but understand how each one impacts the power drainage of the hearing aids.
2. Take the Time to Store the Hearing Aids Properly
In most instances, the manufacturer will suggest opening the battery door at night to avoid power drainage. Also, you will want to:
A dry, cool location is where you should keep the batteries. Battery cells are adversely impacted by heat 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 idea. Both the batteries and the hearing aid itself are protected by doing this. Humidity in the air is brutal on their fragile components.
3. Take Precautions When Changing the Batteries
Start with clean, dry hands. Moisture, grease, and dirt all impact battery quality. Don’t forget to keep the plastic tab on until you are ready to use the new batteries, too. The latest hearing aid batteries mix zinc with the air to power up. But you want to be ready before that occurs.
After you remove the tab, but before you use them, it’s good to allow 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 have a longer life than bargain ones, obviously. Don’t only think about the brand, though, but what types of hearing aid batteries you’re using and also where you buy them. If you buy in bulk, you can get good batteries for less at some big box stores.
If you purchase them online, particularly from auction sites like eBay, use caution. Batteries have an expiration date that they need to be sold by. You shouldn’t use them after they expire.
The easiest way to find batteries at an affordable cost is to ask your hearing care specialist.
5. Accept The Inevitable And be Ready For it
Eventually, the batteries are going to quit. If you don’t want to end up 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 changed, make a schedule. Over time, you’ll get an idea for when you need replacements.
A diary will also assist you in figuring out which brands are best for your hearing devices and what features most affect the battery life.
6. What Are the Alternatives to Batteries
One of the best things about modern hearing aids is that some are rechargeable. If you can save money on batteries, it will be worth paying a little more initially. If you need a lot of features such as wireless or Bluetooth, then rechargeable batteries are likely the better option.
The batteries that make hearing aids work can be as substantial an investment as the hearing aids are. Lengthening the life of your batteries and saving money starts with some due diligence. Contact a hearing aid retailer for some information on what option is best for you.