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The Lifespan of the Batteries of Your Hearing Device
Joshua Luekenga December 17, 2018

The Lifespan of the Batteries of Your Hearing Device

Hearing aids help us have a far more rewarding hearing experience and help us overcome our hearing loss. The only problem occurs when our hearing aids run out of juice. There are a few effective ways in which you can prolong your battery life and get the most out of the batteries you use for your hearing aids.

When you invest in a pair of hearing aids, make sure that they are of a good quality. Having branded hearing aids allows you to make use of warranties and guarantees that cheaper varieties do not offer. The batteries of branded hearing aids are also of a much superior quality than other cheaper alternatives. In the long run, even though you may save a few bucks when purchasing your hearing aids, the constant need to replace the batteries may add to it being much costlier and a bigger hassle.

Size matters when it comes to hearing aids. If you get larger hearing aids, this also means that your batteries will last you a longer time as well. Large hearing aids use batteries that can last for almost two weeks.

The smaller ones, such as invisible hearing aids, may seem sleeker, but require a lot more frequent replacement of batteries. The smaller devices need their batteries to be replaced after every few days. Think about your hearing needs and what hearing aid model will be cost effective for you so that you do not have to spend a fortune in replacing batteries.

Storage of your hearing aid batteries is also an important factor when it comes to their longevity. Always remember to store your hearing aids with the battery door open overnight. This will decrease the amount of power drainage from the batteries. Remember to store your batteries in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight. Keep your hearing aids stored in an air tight container and use a dehumidifer to eliminate any trapped moisture.

When cleaning your hearing aids, take steps to ensure that you clean and dry your hands thoroughly before touching the hearing aids. Dirty batteries tend to have a shorter lifespan, so keep dirt, grease, and moisture to a minimum.

Always buy batteries from reputable stores, since cheaper alternatives online may sell you fake or expired batteries. Always leave the battery tabs on before you decide to use them. After you remove your old batteries, remove the tabs from your new ones and let the zinc come in direct contact with the air for around 5 minutes before putting them into your hearing aids. This can also help extend your battery life and ensure your battery is in perfect working condition.

Make a note of how often your battery needs to be changed so that you are prepared with a spare set of batteries beforehand. Some days you may use your hearing aids much more than others, so keep this in mind and make note of the changes in the battery usage accordingly. No matter what, always keep a spare set of batteries handy no matter where you go.

You can even opt for rechargeable batteries if you find it annoying to constantly buy new ones. Even though these rechargeable varieties are costlier, they can be more convenient since all you need to do is charge them and you’re good to go.

Rechargeable batteries may be particularly useful if you use smaller hearing aids that require more frequent battery changes. Certain features utilize more battery, such as Bluetooth, GPS, and wireless connectivity. If you use these features, it is better to buy rechargeable batteries so that you do not have to change your batteries constantly.

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