Are you a new hearing aid user? If so, you may not have experienced the inconvenience of draining your hearing aid batteries yet. The batteries in your hearing device may need to be replaced at any time, and there are ways to minimize the effects of being inconvenienced. Proper care is one way to extend the life of your batteries. The following information offers additional insight into getting the most out of hearing aid batteries.
Protect spare batteries from discharging.
New hearing aid batteries come with protective stickers on the ends of the batteries. These stickers are not for decorative purposes. They prevent batteries from discharging, and this is why the protective stickers should not be removed until you are ready to replace your batteries in your hearing aid.
Hearing aid batteries may discharge if they come into contact with certain surfaces. Ensure that you protect your batteries by keeping them away from hard and metal objects. For example, storing extra batteries in a coin purse with coins could cause them to discharge.
Avoid extreme temperature exposure and moisture.
Your batteries should be kept at room temperature. Exposing them to temperatures that are too hot or cold can result in the batteries going dead. Moisture will naturally occur on batteries due to the placement of hearing aids when they are worn. You should avoid allowing your batteries to come into contact with excess moisture. At bedtime, you need to encourage moisture to dry out by opening the battery door on your hearing aids because moisture can contribute to battery corrosion.
Remove the batteries as needed.
If you are not going to use your hearing aids for a while, it is best to take the batteries out. For example, some people eventually buy more than one set of hearing aids. Store your batteries in the protective case that you use to store your hearing aids. If the case is not available, aim to put them in a container or storage option that allows air to travel through. This can prevent humidity and moisture from affecting your batteries.
Use caution when purchasing new hearing aid batteries.
Avoid purchasing hearing aid batteries if the packaging has been damaged or opened. This is because of the possibility that the batteries in the pack have discharged.
Consider investing in rechargeable batteries.
This is an ideal solution if you ever find yourself tired of purchasing hearing aids. Rechargeable batteries are also environmentally friendly, and they may be a better option than rechargeable hearing aids for some people because the entire unit will not have to charge. You would simply remove the weak batteries and replace them with fully charged batteries.
An audiologist is an excellent resource to use for more hearing aid battery care tips. They can help you determine which types of batteries are best based upon your lifestyle and hearing aid usage.