Does it seem like your hearing aid batteries lose their charge too fast? Here are some unexpected reasons that might occur. How long should hearing aid batteries keep a charge? The typical hearing aid battery lasts anywhere from 3 to 7 days. That’s a very wide range. So wide, in fact, that it’s unpredictable and leaves you in a challenging predicament. You might be on day 4 at the grocery store when all of a sudden, things get quiet and you can’t hear the cashier. Or it’s day 5 and you’re having a call with friends when suddenly you find yourself feeling really alone because you can no longer hear the conversation. Now, you’re watching TV. You can no longer hear the news. Wait, it’s only day 2. Yes, occasionally they even drain before that 3-day mark. It’s more than a little inconvenient. You’re missing out on life because you’re not sure how much juice is left in your hearing aids. Here are the likely culprits if your hearing aid batteries drain too soon.
A Battery Can be Depleted by Moisture
Did you realize that humans are one of the few species that release moisture through their skin? We do it to cool down. It’s the body’s way of ridding the blood of sodium and toxins. You might also live in a climate that’s moist and humid. This extra moisture can clog the air vent in your device, making it less reliable. Moisture can also mix with the chemicals of the battery causing it to drain faster. You can avoid moisture-related battery drainage with these steps:
- Open the battery door before storing the hearing aids
- Moist conditions, like the kitchen or bathroom aren’t a good place to keep your hearing aids
- Get a dehumidifier for your hearing aids
- if your storing them for several days or more, take the batteries out
Batteries Can be Depleted by Advanced Hearing Aid Features
Current digital hearing aids help people hear so much better than ones that came out just ten years ago. But if you’re not paying attention, these advanced functions can cause faster battery drain. Don’t stop using your favorite features. But keep in mind, you will need to change the battery sooner if you are streaming music from your phone for hours. Bluetooth, multichannel, tinnitus relief, noise canceling — all of these added features can deplete your battery.
Batteries Can be Impacted by Altitude Changes
Your batteries can be sapped out if you go from low to high altitudes especially if they are already low on juice. When skiing, flying or climbing always takes some spare batteries.
Are The Batteries Really Low?
Some models will give you a warning when the battery starts to get too low. These alerts are, ordinarily, a “heads up”. They’re not actually saying the battery is depleted. Also, the charge can sometimes drop temporarily due to environmental or altitude changes and that can activate a false low battery warning. In order to end the alarm, remove the batteries, and then put them back in. You might be able to get several more hours or possibly even days out of that battery.
Handling Batteries Improperly
You should not take out the little tab from the battery until you’re ready to use it. Make sure you wash your hands before touching your hearing aids or batteries to avoid getting dirt or hand oil on them. Hearing aid batteries should not be frozen. It doesn’t lengthen their life as it could with other types of batteries. Hearing aid batteries may lose battery power faster if you make these basic handling mistakes.
It isn’t a Good Idea to Purchase a Year’s Supply of Batteries
When you can afford to do it, buying in bulk can be a smart idea. But the last few batteries in the pack probably won’t have full power. Unless you’re fine with wasting a few, try to stick to a six month supply.
Buying Hearing Aid Batteries on The Web
Buying online can be a good thing. There are some really great deals out in cyberspace. But some less honest people sell batteries on the internet that are very close to the expiration date. Or even worse, they are already passed. So buyer beware.
Both alkaline (AA, AAA, etc.) and zinc hearing aid batteries have an expiration date. You shouldn’t buy milk without looking at the expiration date. You need to do that with batteries also. If you’re going to get the most from your pack, make sure the date is well in the future. If the website doesn’t mention an expiration date, send the online vendor a message, or purchase batteries directly from us. Make sure you know and trust the seller.
Today You Can Get Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Hearing aids might drain too quickly for numerous reasons. But you can get more life from your batteries by taking some precautions. If you’re looking to buy a new pair of hearing aids, you might decide on a rechargeable model. You put them on a charger every night for a full day of hearing the next day. And you only need to change them every few years.