Hearing Aid Batteries
Types of Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aids rely on several battery types, each offering distinct advantages and power capacities. These include zinc-air, silver-zinc, and disposable batteries.
Traditional disposable batteries are available in various sizes – 10, 312, 13, and 675, each color-coded for easy identification. The colors (yellow, brown, orange, and blue) correspond to specific sizes, indicating varying strengths and longevity. Once you know what batteries you need for your devices, you can pick up batteries of the corresponding color and always have a power source on hand.
Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries
Rechargeable batteries are an innovative and eco-conscious solution when it comes to powering your hearing aids. Lithium-ion and silver-zinc rechargeable batteries offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional batteries, and you won’t have to change the batteries every few days.
Just place your devices on the charger at night, and you’ll enjoy a full day of power. On average, rechargeable hearing aid batteries last about a year.
Extending the Lifespan of Your Batteries
If you have disposable hearing aid batteries, there are a few things you can do to extend the life of your batteries. Here’s some practical tips to make your batteries last longer:
- Proper Storage: Store batteries at room temperature in a cool, dry place. Avoid exposing them to extreme temperatures or humidity, as this can affect their performance.
- Battery Activation: For zinc-air batteries, remove the adhesive tab and let the battery sit for about a minute before inserting it into the hearing aid. This allows the battery to activate fully, optimizing its lifespan.
- Open Battery Doors: When the hearing aid is not in use, keep the battery compartment open. This allows any accumulated moisture to evaporate, preventing corrosion or damage to the battery and hearing aid.
- Power Down When Not in Use: Completely turn off the hearing aid when not in use. This simple practice conserves battery life.
- Clean Battery Contacts: Regularly clean the battery contacts with a dry cloth to ensure optimal contact between the battery and the hearing aid, which can affect energy transfer and consumption.
- Monitor Usage: Keep track of battery performance, noting how long they typically last. If you notice a significant decrease in battery life, it might be time to consider a replacement or investigate potential issues with the hearing aid itself.
- Carry Spare Batteries: Always have a few spare batteries on hand, especially when you're traveling or away from home for an extended period. This preparation ensures you're never without power.
- Useful Accessories: Consider investing in dehumidifiers or drying kits designed for hearing aids. These help remove excess moisture, preserving the integrity of the batteries and the device.
- Regular Maintenance: Schedule regular check-ups for your hearing aids with a professional. Periodic maintenance ensures that the device and batteries are functioning optimally.
Implementing these practices will not only extend the life of your hearing aid batteries but also contribute to the overall performance and reliability of your hearing aids.