One of the most important parts of your hearing aid is the battery. Did you know that some simple steps can help prolong the life of your hearing aid batteries?
Hearing aid batteries are zinc-air and come in 4 sizes (yellow 10, brown 312, orange 13, or blue 675). All zinc-air batteries will come with a sticker-like tab on the back. You will need to remove the tab prior to using the battery. This tab prevents air from activating the zinc chemical until you need it. Hearing aid batteries are sensitive to extreme temperatures and moisture. If hearing aid batteries touch other metal or other batteries, this can cause them to short out.
We have some helpful tips to improve the life of your batteries:
- Let the battery sit un-tabbed one to five minutes prior to using. This allows the power to ramp up before use.
- Store batteries at room temperature in their original packaging. Do not store batteries in humid or moist environments.
- Open the battery door of your hearing aid when it is not in use to extend the life of the battery.
- We also recommend disposing of dead batteries immediately to avoid mix-ups. They can be thrown in the trash or taken to a local recycling center.
We encourage you to keeping track of your battery usage. It can help you spot changes to the cycle. Keep spare batteries on you as well. Your hearing aid batteries are most likely to go out when you are going about your normal day.
Purchasing your hearing aid batteries
You can try out different brands of hearing aid batteries and decide if you prefer one over the other. One brand we really like is PowerOne. Hearing aid batteries can be purchased a number of places, such as Walmart, Target, Walgreen’s, or CVS. We also recommend looking into purchasing your hearing aid batteries through Amazon.com as their prices are often very low. You can search “hearing aid batteries” and then the size your hearing aid uses and go from here. You can find the amazon page for size 312 batteries here.
Always remember battery safety
Don’t forget that batteries are not safe to be ingested. Keep them out of reach of small children, vulnerable adults, and pets. If batteries are swallowed, see a doctor immediately and call the National Button Battery Hotline at (202) 625-3333. Also, for more information regarding battery safety can be found at the National Capitol Poison Center website.
To get help from the experts, please call to visit with us today at (651) 888-7800. We look forward to hearing from you!