Unless you opt to use rechargeable hearing aids, it is likely that you will need to deal with hearing aid batteries on a regular basis. Depending on the size of battery you have, your batteries may need to be swapped out anywhere from every 3-14 days. While this timeframe may look short, it can be shortened by improper practices.
Since no one wants to have to change their hearing aid batteries too often, our hearing instrument specialist here at Modern Hearing Solutions of Wyoming has ten ways you can make the most of your hearing aid batteries.
1. Leave The Battery Tabs Alone Until Use
It can be incredibly tempting to peel off the tabs on all the hearing aid batteries in your pack, but you are going to need to resist the urge.
Hearing aid batteries are activated when their tab is removed. You can consider the little tab a freshness seal, and when that seal is removed, the battery immediately starts to lose some of it’s “freshness” and begins to drain of energy.
Even re-sealing the battery with the tab doesn’t work. Once the covered portion of your hearing aid battery makes contact with the air, it will start to drain, so be sure you need the battery before you peel the tab off of it.
2. Handle Batteries With Clean Hands
Before you handle your hearing aid batteries, be sure that your hands are clean. For one thing, hearing aid batteries are porous, and excess oils from your hands, dirt, or anything else on your hands can clog up your batteries and make them far less effective.
Along those lines, if you have something on your hands and it is transferred to your hearing aids, it can cause significant damage to your hearing aids, as the circuitry is delicate.
3. Allow Hearing Aid Batteries To Sit
Before you pop a new set of hearing aid batteries into your hearing aids, allow your hearing aid batteries to breathe. You can do this by removing the tab on the new batteries and allowing them to sit in the open for 3-5 minutes.
By doing this, you are allowing air to penetrate through your hearing aids and activate the charging materials within the batteries, allowing them to be fully activated when you finally put them in your hearing aids.
4. Pop Open Battery Doors
At night, before you put your hearing aids away, be sure to turn off your hearing aids and open up the battery compartment doors. Doing this when you aren’t using your hearing aids has multiple benefits.
For one thing, your hearing aids don’t need to be on and carrying a charge when you don’t need them. While the battery life may not be extended, not having power constantly flowing can help prolong the life of your hearing aids as they help alleviate your hearing loss.
Also, by opening up the battery doors, you can allow trapped moisture to escape. If moisture does become trapped, it can corrode both the batteries and the hearing aid battery contacts, which is definitely something you want to avoid.
5. Utilize Your Hearing Aid Dehumidifier
To ensure that your hearing aid components dry out every night, you may want to use a hearing aid dehumidifier, especially if you live in a humid climate. The dehumidifier can safely remove moisture from your hearing aids without heating them up, which would damage your hearing aids.
If you aren’t sure what hearing aid dehumidifier would best suit your hearing aids, our hearing instrument specialist can assist you in finding one.
6. Keep Hearing Aid Batteries In Packets
Hearing aid batteries need to be kept secure, so it is best to keep them within the packets you purchase them in. While in the packets, it is unlikely that the tabs will be removed prematurely.
Also, by keeping your hearing aid batteries in their original packaging, you can more easily find them, rather than rummaging through a junk door or your pockets.
7. Monitor The Battery Expiration Date
Many people are surprised to learn that hearing aid batteries expire, but since they do, you will want to make sure that you monitor when your batteries are going to expire. Dealing with expiration dates may not be an issue if you buy a new pack of hearing aid batteries every time you need them, but if you buy hearing aid batteries in bulk, you should be aware of the expiration dates on your packs.
If you do buy your hearing aid batteries in bulk, be sure to keep your stash organized by expiration date. That way, you can be sure to use the batteries closest to their expiration date first.
8. Regularly Clean Hearing Aid Battery Contacts
Even with a dehumidifier to dry out your battery compartment, you will want to clean your hearing aid battery contacts regularly. Should any sweat or humidity become trapped during the day, you don’t want to allow it time to corrode, so you should make a practice of cleaning the contacts at least once a week.
9. Store Them In Dry, Cool Place
Almost everyone has a jumble drawer, purse or pocket that has the strangest odds and ends, from AA batteries to paperclips. However, we do not recommend you store your hearing aids where they can become loose and damaged.
It is best that your hearing aids are stored in a cool, dry place that doesn’t receive direct sunlight. Some people have tried to store backup batteries in their vehicles, but the heat can sap the batteries. Also, don’t place them in your refrigerator, as it and the freezer are far too cold for your hearing aid batteries. Instead, in a safe drawer or closet are the best place to store your hearing aid batteries.
10. Remove Hearing Aid Batteries From Out-Of-Use Devices
While it is best that you use your hearing aid on a daily basis, if there is a time where you will not be using your hearing aids for a long stretch of time, then it is best if you remove your hearing aid batteries from the hearing aids.
If your hearing aids have reached the end of their lifespan and no amount of battery changes will fix them, contact us to meet with our hearing instrument specialist. He can help you determine if anything can be done, and if not, he can help you find your next pair of excellent hearing aids.