The trick to making hearing aids cost effective hinges on just one component–the batteries. The cost of exchanging them adds up fast and that makes it one of the largest financial concerns when buying hearing aids.
Usually the batteries quit at the worst time which is even more troubling. This is a big problem even for rechargeable brands.
In order to avoid the need to exchange the batteries several times a week, you can do several things to increase their life. Consider these six simple ways you can make those batteries last just a little bit longer.
1. If You’re Looking to Buy a Hearing Aid, be Smart About it
It begins when you are beginning to shop for your hearing aids. Quality of brand and hearing aid features are just a couple of the factors which determine battery life. And certain batteries are better than others. Some cheaper hearing products have low quality components that work with cheaper cell batteries. Make sure you talk this over this with your hearing care specialist because you will be switching out the batteries a lot.
Think about what features you need, and make some comparisons as you shop around. Wireless models have batteries that need replacing 2 times as fast as models with wires. And the larger hearing aids have longer lasting batteries. The smaller devices need new batteries every two days, but larger units can go for around two weeks on one set of cells. Recognize how all of the features of a hearing aid impact the power consumption and then select the ones you need.
2. Take the Time to Store the Hearing Aids Properly
In most cases, the manufacturer will suggest opening the battery door at night to prevent power drainage. Also, you will want to:
Store your batteries in a cool, dry location. Batteries are adversely affected by heat and moisture. The main thing is to keep them away from heat sources like light bulbs. Room temperature is okay.
Also, a dehumidifier is a smart consideration. It’s one of the smartest ways to protect both the hearing aids and their batteries. Moisture in the air is hard on their fragile components.
3. Take Precautions When Changing the Batteries
Be certain your hands are dry and clean. The life of the battery is adversely impacted by moisture, dirt, and grease. Until it’s time to use the batteries, be sure to leave the plastic tabs in place. In order to power on, modern hearing aid batteries mix zinc with air. But you want to be ready before that happens.
After you pull the tab, but before you put them in, it’s good to let them sit out for 5 minutes. The battery could be extended by days if you do this.
4. Different Battery Sources And Batteries Can be Experimented with
High quality batteries have a longer life than cheap ones, obviously. Consider not only the brands, though, but what types of hearing aid batteries you’re using and also where you purchase them. Big box stores might sell quality batteries for less per unit if you buy in quantity.
If you buy them online, especially from auction sites like eBay, be careful. Batteries have sell-by and expiration dates. You shouldn’t use them after they expire.
Consult your hearing specialist for advice on where to find batteries at affordable prices.
5. Accept The Inevitable And be Ready For it
Sooner or later, the batteries are going to die. It’s better if you get an idea when that will happen, so you don’t find yourself in a difficult situation. Make a schedule of when you change the batteries and when they fizzle. You’ll get a feel for when you need to change them over time.
So you can determine what features have the biggest effect on the battery and which brand batteries are best for your device, keep a diary.
6. What Are the Alternatives to Batteries
Some current day hearing aids are rechargeable and that is one of the best features. If you can save money on batteries, it will be worth paying a little more up front. If you need a lot of features like wireless or Bluetooth, then rechargeable batteries are likely the best choice.
Hearing aids are a significant investment but the batteries that make them work are too. A little due diligence goes a long way to extending the life of those batteries and saving you cash. To find out what your best option for you is, schedule an appointment with a hearing aid specialist.