We talk a lot about hearing aids and hearing aid features and how they can make a positive impact in the lives of those with hearing loss. Millions of Americans using these listening devices can experience improved health, communication and relationships according to much of the research coming out. Just as important is how to care for those hearing aids and the batteries that power them for daily use.
One of the biggest questions that people have when they begin using a hearing aid is how to extend the life of their hearing aid battery to get the most bang for their buck. While everyone’s battery life will be a little different due to factors such as the battery itself and different degrees of hearing loss and demands on the hearing aid, getting the most usage out of your battery ultimately comes down to proper care.
Following these tips regularly can help you maintain your hearing aid battery and give it a longer life:
When your hearing aid is not in use
There are several ways to preserve your battery when you’re not using your hearing aid. At night or when the device is not in use during the day, turn it off and leave the battery door open. This not only halts the battery drain but also allows built-up moisture to escape and prevents damage to the hearing aid battery. If you will not be using your hearing aid for a long period, remove the battery entirely and store in its original packaging or a dedicated battery caddy to help preserve it.
Your hearing health care professional may have stressed the importance of storing your hearing aid batteries at room temperature in a dry place. Extreme cold or heat can reduce battery life and humidity, as in a bathroom medicine cabinet, can begin to corrode and damage batteries. Hearing aid batteries should be kept in individual packaging to prevent them from touching other batteries and metal objects which can also affect battery life.
Clean hands to maintain batteries
One thing you may not consider when changing out your hearing aid batteries or maintaining your hearing aid is washing your hands before you do. This simple step can help prevent dirt and oil from damaging batteries.
These days, hearing aid users have more options than ever when it comes to batteries and extending the usage they get out of each one, thanks to new rechargeable hearing aid batteries. A variety of sizes are now available for use in common styles of hearing aids and can be charged in a matter of hours for daily use. It is important to discuss this option with your hearing health care provider before purchasing one. A rechargeable battery may not be suitable for every hearing aid.
Get the most out of your hearing aid battery with these tips to best care for and maintain it. If you’re looking for more information on your battery options, we can help with more information about choices available to you.