How well your hearing aids will work and perform has a lot to do with your hearing aid battery. Don’t let yours wear out too quickly and diminish the quality of your sound. Here’s a few frequently asked questions and helpful care tips that can help you maximize its life, keeping your sound quality crisp and clear, and your volume and noise control operating efficiently.
How long will my hearing aid battery last?
The shelf life of your power source can vary greatly depending on the type of device you have, the capacity of the power source, and how often you use your hearing aids. The range is anywhere from three days to 22 days, so be sure to pay close attention to any changes you might notice with your sound quality as you go.
How will I know when it’s time to change my power source?
If you find yourself turning up the volume more than you usually would, or that the sound is distorted, that’s a good sign that your power source is wearing out. Some models have an automatic beeping noise that will indicate if the battery is running low, and it should be changed out immediately if you get that notification. Be sure to carry a spare with you, as you don’t want to suddenly lose power and not have a backup. Also, keep your spare away from metal objects like coins or keys in your purse. That could cause a spontaneous discharge and make your backup useless.
What does the seal on the packaging mean?
Be sure to only purchase and use a battery with an unbroken seal. They start to drain as soon as the protective seal has been removed, and you want to be sure, not to end up with one that is already dead.
Are there any tips or tricks to minimize the drain?
When you’re not using your device, be sure to keep it powered off so you’re not draining your power source needlessly. Should you be in a situation where you won’t be using it for a long period of time, for example during a hospital stay, remove the power source entirely. Finally, if possible avoid any extremely hot or cold temperatures. All these tips will help to preserve its life.
Are there any additional hearing aid battery care tips that can help?
The most important is to strive to keep the listening device and power source at a room temperature. Extreme heat or cold can damage them, and that includes putting them in the refrigerator. Contrary to popular belief, that will not extend their shelf life. Additionally, it’s very important to remove the dead battery immediately once it’s worn out. Sometimes they can warp and stretch out or even damage your listening device if they are left in too long.
By following these tips and tricks you will maximize the life of the power source for your hearing device, and can save money and irritation in the process.