The trick to making hearing aids cost effective lies in just one component–the batteries. The cost of exchanging them adds up quickly and that makes it one of the largest financial considerations when buying hearing aids.
Usually the batteries quit at the worst time which is even more troubling. Even for rechargeable brands, this is a huge issue.
There are some things you can do to extend the life of the batteries in hearing aids, so you don’t need to stop and replace them several times every week. Make the batteries last just a little bit longer by thinking about these 6 simple ideas.
1. If You’re Looking to Buy a Hearing Aid, be Smart About it
When you first start to shop for your hearing aids is when it all starts. Battery life depends on many factors like features of the hearing aids or brand quality. Not all batteries are made the same, either. Some cheaper hearing devices have low quality parts that work with cheaper cell batteries. You’ll be switching those batteries out all the time, so make sure to talk it over with your hearing specialist.
Consider what features you need, and make some comparisons as you shop around. You’ll discover that non-wireless hearing aids have batteries that can last two times as long as the wireless devices. And the bigger hearing aids have longer lasting batteries. The smaller devices require new batteries every couple of days, but larger units can go for up to two weeks on one set of cells. Get the features you need but understand how each one impacts the power drainage of the hearing aids.
2. The Hearing Aids Need to be Stored Properly
In most situations, the manufacturer will suggest opening the battery door at night to lessen power drainage. Also, you will want to:
Keep your batteries in a cool, dry place. Batteries are adversely impacted by high temperature and moisture. Room temperature is fine just keep them out of the sun and away from heat sources include light bulbs.
Consider using a hearing aid dehumidifier, too. Both the batteries and the hearing aid itself are protected in this way. Their fragile components are easily destroyed by moisture in the air.
3. Be Careful When You Change The Batteries
Start with clean, dry hands. Humidity, grease, and dirt all impact battery quality. Don’t forget to keep the plastic tab in place until you are ready to use the new batteries, too. In order to power on, modern hearing aid batteries mix zinc with air. But you want to be ready before that occurs.
After you remove the tab, but before you put them in, it’s good to let them sit out for 5 minutes. Doing this can increase the life of the battery by days.
4. Different Battery Sources And Batteries Can be Experimented with
Quality batteries will last longer than cheap ones, obviously. Consider not just the brands, though, but what types of hearing aid batteries you’re using and where you buy them, too. Big box stores might sell quality batteries for less per unit if you buy in quantity.
If you buy them online, particularly from auction sites like eBay, use caution. Batteries have an expiration date that they have to be sold by. After they expire, they shouldn’t be used.
The easiest way to get batteries at an affordable cost is to ask your hearing care specialist.
5. Be Ready For The Inevitable
The batteries are going to die eventually. It’s beneficial if you have an idea when that will occur, so you don’t end up in a difficult situation. To keep track of when the batteries fizzle and need to be changed, make a schedule. Over time, you’ll get an idea for when you need replacements.
A diary will also assist you in figuring out which brands are right for your hearing devices and what features most affect the battery life.
6. Consider the Alternatives to Batteries
Some modern 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. Rechargeable batteries are likely the best option if you need a lot of features like Bluetooth or wireless.
Hearing aids are a considerable investment but the batteries that make them work are too. A little due diligence goes a long way to lengthening the life of those batteries and saving you money. Contact a hearing aid retailer for some information on what option is best for you.