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You may save time and money by extending the life of your hearing aid batteries. A substantial amount of money can be saved over the course of a year if you can get a few extra days out of each hearing aid battery. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to lengthen the battery life of your hearing aids. If you can make these suggestions below become habits, you should see a change right away. The following methods can help you get the most out of your hearing aid batteries.
Buy New Batteries
Unopened hearing aid batteries in their original packaging can endure for many years. It is usually better to buy the more recent package because, like all batteries, power decreases with time.
Remove Tab Only Upon Use
A zinc-air battery, a unique kind of battery, is used in hearing aids. Small holes on the top of the battery are covered by a plastic tab on each one. Air enters the perforations once the tab is pulled off, activating the zinc. When this occurs, the battery becomes active and the power begins to drain (reapplying the tab has no effect). Because of this, you should only lift the tab once you are ready to use the battery right away.
Do not put the battery into the hearing aid right away after removing the tab. Instead, wait for 5 to 7 minutes. This will allow the battery to fully activate and extend its life by up to three days.
Store at Room Temperature
You may have heard that storing your batteries in the refrigerator may increase their lifespan. According to this logic, the release of electricity is slowed down by colder temperatures. The problem is that the complete opposite happens. Moisture and zinc-air batteries do not get along, and the condensation that forms from the refrigerator increases the danger of corrosion and early failure. For optimal performance, simply keep your batteries at room temperature.
Open the Battery Cover When Not in Use
Open the battery door and switch off your hearing aid while not in use. Corrosion is reduced and can be prevented as a result of this practice. Keep in mind that storing your hearing aids in the bathroom can harm the batteries due to temperature changes and moisture. The ideal location is usually on your bedside table.
Use a Dehumidifier or Hearing Aid Dryer
You will not have to worry about where to store your hearing aids if you have a dehumidifier for them. Put your hearing aids in the dehumidifier each night to get rid of moisture and provide them a safe location to store.
Remove all of the batteries from your hearing aids if you will not be using them for a certain period of time to assist in preventing corrosion caused by moisture that has been trapped inside the device.
Use Clean HandsNever forget that dirt, filth, and moisture can destroy both the hearing aid batteries and the actual hearing aids. Washing your hands is essential before changing the batteries for this reason.