The key to making hearing aids cost effective hinges on just one component–the batteries. The cost of exchanging them adds up quickly and that makes it one of the largest financial concerns when shopping for hearing aids.
Usually the batteries quit at the worst time which is even more distressing. Even for rechargeable brands, this is a huge issue.
There are a few things you can do to increase the life of the batteries in hearing aids, so you don’t need to stop and replace them several times a week. Think about these six simple ways you can make those batteries last just a little bit longer.
1. Be a Smart Hearing Aid Consumer
When you first start to shop for your hearing aids is when it all begins. Brand quality and hearing aid features are just a couple of the factors which determine battery life. And certain batteries are better than others. Cheap components and even cheaper batteries are what defines low quality hearing aids. You’ll be switching those batteries out a lot, so be certain to talk it over with your hearing specialist.
Consider what features you need, and make some comparisons as you look around. Wireless versions come with batteries that die twice as fast as devices with wires. And the bigger hearing aids have longer lasting batteries. The smaller devices need new batteries every two days, but larger units can go for around two weeks on one battery. Understand how all of the features of a hearing aid affect the power consumption and then choose the ones you require.
2. The Hearing Aids Need to be Stored Properly
In most situations, the manufacturer will suggest opening the battery door at night to prevent power drainage. Also, you will want to:
Keep your batteries in a cool, dry place. Humidity and heat will impact battery cells. Room temperature is okay just keep them out of the sun and away from heat sources include light bulbs.
Think about using a hearing aid dehumidifier, too. It’s one of the best ways to preserve both the hearing aids and their batteries. Their delicate components are easily destroyed by moisture in the air.
3. Take Precautions When Changing the Batteries
Be certain your hands are dry and clean. The quality of the battery is negatively affected by moisture, grease, and germs. Until it’s time to use the batteries, be certain to keep the plastic tabs in place. The latest hearing aid batteries mix zinc with the air to power on. You don’t want that to happen before you are ready.
After you pull the tab, but before you use them, it’s good to allow to them sit out for 5 minutes. Doing this can increase the life of the battery by days.
4. Different Battery Sources And Batteries Can be Experimented with
High quality batteries have a longer life than bargain ones, obviously. Don’t just think of 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 buy them online, especially from auction sites such as eBay, be careful. Batteries have an expiration date that they have to be sold by. You shouldn’t use them after they expire.
Ask your hearing specialist for advice on where to find batteries at affordable prices.
5. Be Ready For The Inevitable
Eventually, the batteries are going to die. If you don’t want to end up in a pinch, it’s helpful to get an idea when this will happen. To keep track of when the batteries fizzle and need to be replaced, make a schedule. Over time, you’ll get an idea for when you need replacements.
In order to help you determine what features have the biggest effect on the battery and which brand batteries are best for your device, keep a diary.
6. Consider 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 up front. If you need a lot of features like wireless or Bluetooth, then rechargeable batteries are likely the best choice.
Hearing aids are a significant investment but so are the batteries that you need to make them work. A little due diligence goes a long way to extending the life of those batteries and saving you cash. Contact a hearing aid retailer for some information on what option is best for you.