Hearing aids can be life-changing—but only when they’re functioning properly. Once the batteries wear out, they can’t do anything to improve your hearing and are just a worthless accessory that sits in your ear. You know when you hear that little beeping noise, a spare pack of batteries better be close by. The phrase, “Always come prepared,” has been ingrained into your mind—you know if you don’t have spare batteries, you’re up a creek without a paddle.
There are many ways you can make the most out of your hearing aid. Here are some suggestions for extending the life of your batteries:
Always use the oldest package of hearing aid batteries first (look for an expiration date).
Hearing aid batteries can be stored for quite a while. However, the longer the batteries sit in storage, the shorter their life will be. If you use the oldest package first, your spare batteries will never get too old.
Store extra hearing aid batteries in a dry place and at room temperature.
Extreme temperatures—both hot and cold—and high humidity levels are not good for the life of your hearing aid batteries. For this reason, don’t ever store your hearing aid batteries in the refrigerator or bathroom.
Do not remove the plastic tab until ready to use the battery.
This plastic tab keeps the battery fresh while it’s in storage. As soon as you pull the tab, the battery is activated and it will start to lose its “juice” from that moment.
Let the battery sit out for five full minutes after you remove the plastic tab.
When it’s time to pull the tab, don’t insert it immediately after you do it. When you pull the tab, the zinc in the battery mixes with the air to power it up. There are a lot of recommendations out there as to how long you should wait after removing the tab and before inserting the battery, but recent research has shown that you should wait five whole minutes. By doing so, you can extend the battery’s life by as many as 2-3 days.
Wash your hands before replacing the hearing aid battery.
When replacing the battery, grease and dirt on your hands can be transferred to the battery. This is bad for the lifespan of the battery, as well as for the hearing aid itself.
Leave the battery compartment open when you are not using your hearing aids.
Whenever you’re not using your hearing aid, turn it off, put it somewhere safe and dry (don’t leave it on the bathroom counter while you shower), and leave the battery door open. This allows excess moisture to escape and reduces the drain on the battery. It also keeps the battery from corroding.
Use a hearing aid dehumidifier.
Dry storage kits and hearing aid dehumidifiers will protect both your hearing aid and its batteries. They also provide a safe place to store your devices when you’ve taken them off. Hearing aid dehumidifiers are available at our office.
Remove the batteries entirely if you won’t be using the device for an extended period of time. This helps to avoid corrosion and damage from trapped moisture.
Make sure you’re never caught off guard without spare batteries by joining our Battery Club! For $55 plus tax, you’ll receive eight packs plus two packages of batteries for no additional charge. The best part about this convenient service? We’ll send these batteries straight to your door, so not only are you saving money—you’re saving time as well. Call us at 205-871-3878 to join our Battery Club today!
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