Hearing Aid Batteries and Accessories
Over time, the costs of hearing aid batteries can add up, especially if you don’t take care of them properly. Here are a few quick tips to keep your batteries longer.
How to extend the life of your hearing aid batteries
Figure out what Is draining your batteries
Usually hearing aid batteries work well for 3 to 6 days. If your batteries seem to fizzle out before then, consider whether you’re doing things that are draining them quickly. Here are the most common culprits:
- Overusing advanced options. Advanced features can make the difference between hearing and hearing clearly. Don’t be afraid to use them…just make sure you’re only using them when you need them.
- Changes in altitude. Switching from high to low altitudes can drain batteries, so consider whether they are worth wearing on the ski slopes.
- Exposure to moisture. If you like wearing your hearing aids while working out, make sure to dry and store them correctly. In fact, if your hearing aid is exposed to moist environments on a regular basis, think about getting a dehumidifier.
A few more tips to get more out of your hearing aid batteries
- Pull the tab only when you’re ready to use the battery. Once you expose the battery to air it is activated and will begin to drain.
- Wait a few minutes before installing your battery. Once you’ve pulled the tab, let the battery sit on the counter for a few minutes to make sure it gets enough air before you install it. Most hearing aid batteries have zinc, which gets its charge by interacting with air. If you install it before it fully “charges” you’ll get less out of it.
- Keep an eye on the expiration date. It’s so tempting to buy in bulk or on sale, but if you aren’t careful your batteries may be old before you even take them out of the box.
Should I Get Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries?
An alternative to disposable batteries is silver-zinc rechargeable batteries, which can power a hearing aid for a full day, require mere hours to recharge, and only need to be replaced approximately once each year. The drawback is that you’ll need help replacing them once they expire. You should expect to pay between $25 and $100 for a typical hearing aid battery charger.
Additionally, rechargeable hearing aid systems that utilize lithium-ion power packs allow you to simply plug your hearing aids directly into the recharging station to recharge them each night. This eliminates the need to constantly buy new batteries. These systems are better for the environment, as well. In five years, you will probably go through eight rechargeable batteries.
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Do I Need Bluetooth Hearing Aids?
Most hearing aids are compatible with iPhones and other smartphones. Any hearing aid that has Bluetooth connectivity capabilities can be paired with a smartphone, while there are several apps on the market that can give you even more control over your hearing aids. In addition, certain hearing aid brands are developed to work directly with iPhones and smartphones. These hearing aids can bypass the apps and give the user the ability to make true “hands-free” phone calls, as well as enjoy stereo streaming of music and TV shows. These direct connection hearing aids also do not require a separate Bluetooth device to connect with your phone, which is a requirement for some other models.
Bluetooth technology provides these capabilities without overly draining battery life, which can be important if this is a feature you anticipate using a lot. Other hearing aids allow you to connect to Bluetooth using an additional device called a streamer.
Bluetooth connectivity can help connect you to the outside world, keeping important social bonds intact. Every piece of hearing aid technology is designed to help you maintain your quality of life. Come on in and we’ll demonstrate the technology to you.