Does it seem like your hearing aid batteries drain way too quickly? The reasons for this are sometimes unexpected. How long should hearing aid batteries last? The ordinary hearing aid battery lasts anywhere from 3 to 7 days. That’s a really wide range. As a matter of fact, it’s so wide that it probably doesn’t help you predict what should be taking place with your hearing aid. You could be on day 4 at the grocery store when unexpectedly, things get quiet and you’re unable to hear the cashier. Or maybe on day 5, you’re enjoying a conversation with friends when you unexpectedly feel really alone because you can’t participate because you can’t hear. Occasionally the batteries don’t even make 3 days. Like when you’re watching TV on day 2 and all of a sudden you can’t hear the show your watching. It’s more than a little inconvenient. You simply can’t tell how much battery power you have left in your hearing aids and it’s causing you to miss out on life. Here are the most likely culprits if your hearing aid batteries drain too soon.
A Battery Can be Drained by Moisture
Did you know that humans are one of the few species that produce moisture through their skin? We do it to cool down. We do it to get rid of excess toxins or sodium in the blood. In addition, you might live in a humid or rainy climate where things get even wetter. The air vent in your hearing aid can get clogged by this added moisture and it will be less efficient. Moisture can also interact with the chemicals of the battery causing it to drain faster. You can avoid moisture-related battery drainage with these steps:
- if your storing them for several days or more, take the batteries out
- Obtain a dehumidifier for your hearing aids
- Open the battery door when you store the hearing aids
- Moist environments, like the kitchen or bathroom aren’t a good place to keep your hearing aids
Advanced Hearing Aid Features Can Deplete Batteries
Advanced digital hearing aids help people hear a lot better than ones that came out just ten years ago. But these extra features can cause batteries to run down faster if you’re not paying attention. Don’t avoid using your favorite features. But be aware that if you stream music all day from your mobile device to your hearing aids, you’ll need to change the battery sooner. Your battery can be drained by any of the advanced functions, like Bluetooth, multichannel, noise cancellation, and tinnitus relief.
Batteries Can be Impacted by Altitude Changes
Your batteries can be sapped out if you go from low to high altitudes especially if they are already low on juice. When skiing, flying or climbing always takes some spare batteries.
Perhaps The Batteries Aren’t Really Low
Some models will give you a warning when the battery starts to get too low. As a general rule, these alerts are giving you a “heads up”. It doesn’t mean you have a depleted battery. Additionally, the charge can at times drop temporarily due to altitude or environmental changes and that can trigger a false low battery warning. In order to end the alarm, take the batteries out, and then put them back in. You may be able to get several more hours or possibly even days of battery life.
Improper Handling of Batteries
You should not remove the little tab from the battery before you’re ready to use it. Make sure you wash your hands before handling your hearing aids or batteries to avoid getting dirt or hand oil on them. Hearing aid batteries should never be frozen. It doesn’t increase their life as it might with other kinds of batteries. Hearing aid batteries might lose battery power more quickly if you make these basic handling errors.
Getting a Year’s Supply of Batteries Isn’t a Good Idea
Buying in bulk is often a smart money move if you can afford to do it. But the last few batteries in the pack most likely won’t have full power. Try to stick with a 6-month supply or less unless you’re fine with wasting a few.
Buying Hearing Aid Batteries on The Web
This isn’t a general critique of purchasing things on the web. There are some pretty good deals out in cyberspace. But some batteries that can be found on the internet are being sold by less honest people and are close to their expiration date. They might even be past their expiration date. So you need to be cautious.
Both alkaline (AA, AAA, etc.) and zinc hearing aid batteries have an expiration date. You wouldn’t buy milk without checking the expiration date. You need to do that with batteries also. If you want to get the most from your pack, make sure the date is well in the future. If the website doesn’t mention an expiration date, message the vendor, or buy batteries from us. Be sure you know and trust the seller.
Current Hearing Aids Are Rechargeable
There are a number of reasons that hearing batteries could drain rapidly. But by taking little precautions you can get more energy from each battery. If you’re looking to buy a new pair of hearing aids, you might decide on a rechargeable model. If you charge them at night, you get a full day of power the next day. The rechargeable batteries only have to be replaced every few years.