How To Make Your Hearing Aid Batteries Last Longer

Hearing aid batteries are a fundamental part of being a hearing aid user. Depending on how often you need to change them can depend on the strength of hearing aid amplification you require and hearing aid battery size that hearing aid needs. These factors are not something yourself as a hearing aid user can control however below are some helpful tips to using your batteries more efficiently as well as being able to get that little bit extra from them.

  • Firstly make sure your hands are clean when you are putting a fresh battery into your hearing aid. Moisture, dirt or greese can transfer on to the hearing aid battery and interfere with the connection from the battery to your hearing aid.
  • Turn your hearing aid off when not using it to save battery life, if you are going through batteries very quickly this could be a sign the aid is not fully being switched off.
  • Use your oldest pack of batteries first, the longer a battery has been since it was created and charged the shorter the life the battery will have. 
  • Don't take the sticky tab of the hearing aid till you are ready to use. Once this is removed the battery takes a few minutes to become activated once exposed to the air. If you remove the sticker and do not put your battery into the hearing aid till a few hours later you may have wasted crucial battery life.
  • Make sure your hearing aid has a battery low warning beep, check with your audiologist if you do not have this. This little alert will allow you to keep an eye or should we say 'ear' out for when your battery is running low.
  • Give the battery compartment of your hearing aid time to 'breathe'. While your hearing aid is sat in your ear, moisture and condensation can acculate around your hearing aid. Leaving your battery compartment open from time to time to dry out will help provent corrosion.
  • If you have problems with dexterity using a magnet to lift the battery out of the packet and placing in to the hearing aid draw can be easier on the fingers. Your audiologist may be able to provide you with a tool, or give advice on where to purchase a tool with a small magnet on.
  • Always keep a spare packet of batteries in your bag or wallet, just in case. This will save you from any potential missed conservations.

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Quick Tips

To hear with a hearing aid on the phone, hold the telephone near the hearing aid microphone, if you have a behind the ear hearing aid this will be behind your ear.