Batteries are one of the most important things when it comes to hearing aids. Hearing aids

need a steady source of power from a quality hearing aid battery in order to run effectively and

properly. A low battery or defective battery can significantly impair the performance of a

hearing aid.

 

Here are four things you should know about hearing aid batteries:

How Long Batteries Last: Standard hearing aid batteries last anywhere from 3 to 22 days, depending on the type of hearing aid, the battery type and capacity and how often the hearing aid is used.

Changing Batteries:

Depending on how often you use your hearing aids, you may need to change batteries once a week or twice a month. You should change your batteries if any of the below occur:

 Sound becomes distorted or you have to turn up the volume on your hearing aid more

than normal.

 The “low-battery” beep or voice sound comes on, indicating that the battery is getting

low and should be changed. Switch to a new set of batteries as soon as you can when

you hear this sound.

 

NOTE: Dead batteries should be removed immediately so they don’t swell and become difficult

to remove later.

 

Protective Seals: You might have noticed a small, sticky tab in orange or another color on each

battery in a package. These protective seals keep the battery from discharging power, so never

remove the seal unless you’re about to use the battery. Additionally, never buy unopened

battery packages as the batteries are most likely compromised.

Wait Five Seconds: Last year a Rochester, Minnesota student discovered how to help extend

battery life of hearing aid batteries by waiting after removing the protective seal! See how

here!

Minimize Battery Drain: Once you remove the protective seal from a battery it begins to

discharge power; however, there are three things you can do to help minimize battery

drainage.

 

1) When not wearing your hearing aid, turn it off or open the battery door. Note, you

should always open the battery door at night to allow moisture to escape and to

help keep the battery from corroding.

 

2) If you won’t be using the hearing aid for an extended period of time, take the

battery out completely. You can store it in the protective case for your hearing aids.

 

3) Avoid storing batteries and hearing aids in extreme temperatures, hot and cold, as

they can quickly drain battery power and shorten a battery’s lifespan.

 

TIP 1: Batteries can suddenly lose power, so be sure to carry an extra set with you at all times.

Keep an extra package in your purse, car, briefcase or desk at work.

 

TIP 2: Keep backup batteries away from coins, keys and other metal objects so as to avoid

accidently discharging the batteries before use.

 

TIP 3: Store batteries at normal room temperatures and do NOT refrigerate or expose to

extreme hot or cold temperatures.

 

TIP 4: Wash your hands before changing batteries. Grease and dirt residue on batteries could

damage the hearing aid.

 

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