The trick to keeping hearing aids cost effective lies in just one component–the batteries. The cost of exchanging them adds up fast and that makes it one of the largest financial concerns when buying hearing aids.
Usually the batteries quit at the worst time which is even more troubling. Even for rechargeable brands, this is a big issue.
There are some things you can do to increase the life of the batteries in hearing aids, so you don’t need to stop and replace them a few times every week. Make the batteries last just a little bit longer by thinking about these 6 simple ideas.
1. Be a Smart Hearing Aid Consumer
It starts when you are initially shopping for your hearing aids. Battery life is dependent on multiple factors such as features on the hearing aids or quality of the brand. And some batteries are better than others. Cheap components and even cheaper batteries are what defines low quality hearing aids. Make sure you talk this over this with your hearing care specialist because you will be changing out the batteries constantly.
Make some comparisons as you shop and, also, consider what features are essential for you. Wireless versions have batteries that die 2 times as fast as devices with wires. The bigger the hearing aid, the longer the battery life, too. The smaller devices need new batteries every two days, but larger units can go for around two weeks on one set of cells. Get the features you need but understand how each one impacts the power drainage of the hearing aids.
2. The Hearing Aids Need to be Stored Properly
In most cases, the manufacturer will recommend opening the battery door at night to prevent power drainage. Also, you will want to:
Store your batteries in a cool, dry location. Batteries are adversely affected by heat and moisture. 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 idea. It’s one of the best ways to preserve both the hearing aids and their batteries. Moisture in the air is hard on their delicate components.
3. Be Careful When You Change The Batteries
Be certain your hands are dry and clean. The quality of the battery is adversely affected by humidity, grease, and germs. Don’t forget to leave the plastic tab in place until you are ready to use the new batteries, too. Modern hearing aid batteries mix zinc with the air to power up. You don’t need that to happen before you are ready.
It is good to let them sit out for five minutes after you pull the tab but before you put them in. The battery could be extended by days if you do this.
4. Play Around With Different Batteries and Battery Sources
Needless to say, cheap batteries will wear out faster than high quality ones. Don’t only think about the brand, though, but what types of hearing aid batteries you’re using and where you buy them, too. Big box stores commonly sell good batteries for less per unit if you buy in quantity.
Use caution if you buy them online, especially from an auction site such as eBay. Batteries have an expiration date that they need to be sold by. After they expire, they shouldn’t be used.
Consult your hearing specialist for advice on where to get batteries at affordable prices.
5. Accept The Inevitable And be Ready For it
Sooner or later, the batteries are going to die. If you don’t want to find yourself in a pinch, it’s better to get an idea when this will happen. Keep a schedule of when you replace the batteries and when they fizzle. You’ll get an idea of when you need to change them over time.
In order to help you figure out what features have the biggest effect on the battery and which brand batteries are appropriate for your device, keep a diary.
6. What Are the Alternatives to Batteries
Some current day hearing aids are rechargeable and that is one of the greatest features. If you can save money on batteries, it will be worth paying a little more initially. Rechargeable batteries are likely the best option 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 are. A small amount of due diligence goes a long way to lengthening the life of those batteries and saving you cash. Contact a hearing aid retailer for some information on what option is best for you.