One of the more important things to figure out after getting hearing aids is how to get the most out of your batteries and make sure your device is never without power.
Most hearing aids use disposable zinc-air batteries that are color and number-coded so that you know exactly which one your device needs when you pick up or order replacements. The type of battery that you use will depend on the size and style of your hearing aids.
While knowing the type of battery you’ll need is obviously essential, there are several other challenges that can go into changing them. Let’s look at a few common problems as well as ways to manage and get the most out of your hearing aid batteries.
Common Battery Problems
- Have your battery die when you’re at work or out to dinner with friends at La Puerta.
- Not having extra batteries with you when you need one.
- Feeling uncomfortable or embarrassed changing your batteries in front of other people.
- Difficulty changing batteries due to their size
- If you are headed somewhere where you know you won’t be able to or won’t want to change your battery, switch it out at home before you head out.
- Stash extra batteries in different places (as long as those places are cool and dry) at home, in your desk at work, in your purse or briefcase, or in your car so that you lower the risk of being without one if it needs to be replaced.
- Consider purchasing a magnetic tool specifically made for hearing aid batteries to make it easier to grip and change them.
Make Your Hearing Aid Batteries Last Longer
There are several things you can do to make your batteries last longer:
- Store them at room temperature and avoid exposing them to moist or humid environments.
- Keep batteries away from keys, coins and other metal objects that can cause them to short circuit or discharge.
- When removing your hearing aids, turn them off and open the battery compartment door to prevent excess moisture and battery drain.
- If you are experiencing feedback, contact your hearing aid specialist and have them address the problem. Studies have shown that acoustic feedback can significantly drain your battery.
To learn more about hearing aid batteries or to schedule an appointment with a hearing professional, contact San Diego Hearing Center today.