How Long do Hearing Aid Batteries Typically Last?
When it comes to hearing aids, they can be pretty life-changing for those who have hearing loss. But like all forms of technology, they can be so good until they run out of battery power. When you’re dealing with something that is like an additional limb to your body, you need it to be functioning as consistently as possible. So, how long do hearing aid batteries typically last? And what are some handy tips when it comes to using hearing aid batteries?
How long do hearing aid batteries last?
Many hearing aid wearers will likely be aware of that beeping noise that happens when it’s time to change out the batteries. Typically hearing aid batteries last between three and seven days, but this depends on a variety of factors like the type and size of the battery, the number of hours you’re using the hearing device and the technology level of the device. As we all know from our own smartphones, the more you ask of it, the more it’ll drain the battery quicker. Some batteries in a hearing aid could last for three weeks, but again, it all depends on usage and the type of device you have.
Tips to make your hearing aid batteries last longer
Knowing what to do to help extend the battery life on hearing aids can be very helpful in making sure that you are getting through the days without having to panic too much about having spare batteries on you everywhere you go.
Keep your hearing aid batteries stored in the right temperature.
With any type of batteries, it’s important to note that extreme temperatures aren’t going to be good for the life of your battery. And it’s particularly important that the batteries aren't exposed to high humidity levels either because that can reduce the quality of how well they perform. When it comes to the batteries, keep them in a dry space at room temperature and if it’s a particularly warm day, try to find a cool spot to store them in. Never keep your hearing aid batteries in the refrigerator or bathroom.
Use the oldest hearing aid batteries you have first
You may well have plenty of hearing aid batteries to see you through the next few months or years, and it’s important that you order these in when they were bought. The reason why is because the longer the batteries sit in storage, the shorter their life will become. Remember to use your oldest ones first, and that way, even the oldest of your new ones won’t be so old that it reduces the effectiveness it has.
Wash your hands before replacing the batteries
When handling your hearing aid batteries, remember that they should be handled with care and just like you would with contact lenses, it’s good to wash your hands. Your hands collect a lot of bacteria and dirt on your hands, as well as grease, which can be transferred onto the battery. This is only going to impact the quality of your battery life as well as the hearing aid itself. So, to reduce any financial costs and wasted devices and batteries, ensure you’re washing your hands before replacing the batteries.
Let the battery breath for a few minutes
It might sound like we’re talking about a bottle of wine and letting it breath, but the same can be said when it comes to hearing aid batteries. When you take the plastic tab off the batteries, the zinc in the battery is mixing with the air in order to power it up. There’s plenty of research that’s been done on how long you should wait, and if you were to wait just five minutes before putting the battery in, you could extend its life to as much as two to three days. That’s five minutes that are definitely worth waiting for in order to get the most out of your batteries.
Use a hearing aid dehumidifier
In an ideal situation, hearing aids should be taken off and stored in a place that’s at room temperature for the sake of the battery’s health, but that’s not always possible. That’s why it might be worth getting a hearing aid dehumidifier or a dry storage kit because these both help to protect the hearing aids and the batteries. They’re also a safe space to store the devices so that they are always where you need to find them.
If you’re looking to get hearing aids, you can find out more at Manna Audiology call us today at (980) 294-0314.