One of the most important components of a hearing aid is its battery. Most people try to get the best performance out of their batteries. However, due to their lack of knowledge, they might end up using the batteries far too quickly. Below, we look at six things you must keep in mind when dealing with your hearing aid’s batteries.
Tip number one – always keep the battery covered in the tab it is manufactured in. These tabs seal off the battery, helping it avoid contact with the air. If you remove the tab, then the battery will be ‘activated’, and its power will start draining. And this is irreversible. Which means that even if you put the tab back on, it has no effect and the battery will keep running. As such, remember to only remove the tab of the battery when you are going to immediately put it into the hearing aid.
Always clean your hands before handling the battery. If any dirt and other grime get onto the surface of the battery, then it can not only affect its performance but can also damage it.
Keep Stickers On
Same as with the tabs, you must also stay away from removing the stickers of the battery. These stickers are what keeps the battery inactivated. As soon as you remove the ticker, the battery will begin draining power. So, just as with the tabs, only remove the stickers if you intend to use the battery in the device very soon.
Store At Room Temperature
Always store the batteries at room temperature. Never store it in cold or excessively hot conditions. Earlier, the batteries could have lasted longer when stored in cold conditions like a fridge. However, current hearing aid batteries are made of zinc. And if you store zinc batteries in the fridge, then you will only end up damaging it.
First Buy First Use
Always use a ‘first buy, first use’ policy when it comes to batteries. The older the battery is, the closer it will be to expiration. As such, it would be logical to use them first instead of the newer ones which have an expiration date further away. So, it is a good idea to arrange your batteries according to their expiration dates. This will make it easier for you to select the oldest ones first.
Use Rechargeable Batteries
Now, if you do not like replacing the batteries from time to time, then you should consider getting a hearing aid that comes with rechargeable batteries. You can charge such models in the night, and you should be able to use it for the full day. Such rechargeable batteries only need to be replaced once every year and is perfect if you don’t want to face the hassles of battery replacement every now and then.
If you experience any difficulty in your current hearing aid device, we recommend that you consult Listening lab for their guidance. They will be able to test your hearing capacity accurately and suggest a good model for you to use.