10 Tips to a Longer Lasting Hearing Aid
Here Are Ten Tips To Make Your Hearing Aid Last Longer:
The advanced features and technology that are now provided by hearing aids are truly beneficial to the hearing care of those who have experienced hearing loss. Even so, many become frustrated with the fluctuating life span of hearing aid batteries. If that is the case, you may wonder how you can extend the life of your hearing aid.
1. Check your batteries' expiration date.
It's best to buy batteries that have an expiration date at least a year from purchase so that they will have the least amount of battery drainage during their shelf life.
2. Always use your oldest packs of batteries first.
Hearing aid batteries gradually lose their "juice" the longer they are stored. If you use your oldest battery packs first, you can rest assured that your spare batteries will never become too old.
3. Don't take off the plastic tab until you use the batteries.
The plastic tab on top of the batteries protects the air holes of the battery, which is filled with air-activated zinc. Leaving the tab on until you will use the batteries helps prevent unnecessary drainage.
4. Don't touch the batteries without washing your hands first.
The natural grease and dirt found on our hands can clog up the air pores of the battery and damage the hearing aid; washing your hands prevents this issue.
5. Store the batteries at room temperature in a dry place.
If you store your batteries in a dry, cool place, you will prevent corrosion and battery drainage caused by moisture.
6. Let your batteries sit at least five minutes before inserting them.
By letting the batteries sit, you allow air to reach the zinc and other materials inside and activate them fully, extending the life of the batteries by up to three days.
7. Buy a hearing aid dehumidifier.
Hearing aid dehumidifiers increase the efficiency of your batteries, prevent damage from moisture, and provide a safe and dry storage place for your hearing aids.
8. Completely remove the batteries during extended non-usage.
In cases where you don't use your hearing aids for a long period of time, it's best to remove the batteries and turn the hearing aids off to prevent trapped moisture from causing erosion and unnecessary drain on the battery.
9. Leave the battery door open when hearing aids are not in use.
If you turn your hearing aid off and leave the door to the battery compartment open when you're not using it, this allows moisture to escape the compartment, reducing the risk of battery drainage and corrosion.
10. Buy rechargeable hearing aids.
There are new hearing aids on the market that can be charged on a station at night and used all day, which eliminates the need to switch out batteries except yearly.
If you are interested in finding out more information about hearing care for hearing loss, contact our Beltone Skoric Hearing Aid Center. Call now at (888) 417-2130.