Does it seem like your hearing aid batteries lose their charge too fast? Here are a few unexpected reasons that could happen. How long should hearing aid batteries last? Between 3 to 7 days is typical. That’s a very wide range. So wide, actually, that it’s unpredictable and leaves you in a serious predicament. Things could suddenly go quiet when you’re trying to hear the cashier at the supermarket after 4 days of battery power. Or it’s day 5 and you’re enjoying a call with friends when unexpectedly you find yourself feeling really alone because you can no longer follow the conversation. Occasionally the batteries don’t even make that 3 day mark. 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’re missing out on life because you don’t know how much battery power is left in your hearing aids. If your hearing aid batteries are dying too quickly, there are a small number of likely causes.
A Battery Can be Depleted by Moisture
There aren’t very many species that release moisture through their skin but humans do. We do it to cool off. It’s the body’s way of ridding the blood of toxins and sodium. You might also live in a climate that’s humid and moist. This excess moisture can clog the air vent in your device, making it less efficient. Moisture can also interact with the chemicals of the battery causing it to drain faster. Here are some steps you can take to avoid moisture-caused battery drain:
- if your storing them for a number of days or more, take the batteries out
- Get a dehumidifier for your hearing aids
- Moist environments, like the kitchen or bathroom aren’t a good place to keep your hearing aids
- Before you store your hearing aids, open the battery door
Advanced Hearing Aid Functions Can Deplete Batteries
You get a much better hearing aid today than you did even 10 years ago. But these extra features can cause batteries to drain faster if you’re not keeping an eye on them. Don’t stop using your favorite features. But be aware that if you stream music for hours from your smartphone to your hearing aids, you’ll need to replace the battery sooner. Your battery can be drained by any of the advanced functions, like multichannel, Bluetooth, noise cancellation, and tinnitus relief.
Batteries Can be Impacted by Altitude Changes
Your batteries can be drained if you go from low to high altitudes specifically if they are already low on juice. When flying, skiing or climbing always brings some extra batteries.
Maybe The Batteries Aren’t Really Low
Some models will give you an alert when the battery starts to get too low. These warnings are, ordinarily, a “heads up”. They’re not telling you the battery is dead. In addition, sometimes an environmental change in humidity or altitude temporarily causes the charge to dip and the low battery alert gets activated. In order to end the alarm, remove the batteries, and then put them back in. The battery might last a few more hours or even days.
Handling Batteries Improperly
You should never take out the little tab from the battery until you’re ready to use it. Steer clear of getting dirt and skin oil on your hearing aid by cleaning your hands before handling them. Never freeze hearing aid batteries. This strategy might increase the life of some kinds of battery but it doesn’t work with hearing aid batteries. Hearing aid batteries might lose battery power faster if you make these basic handling errors.
Getting a Year’s Supply of Batteries Isn’t a Very Good Idea
Buying in bulk is often a smart money decision if you can afford to do it. But the last few batteries in the pack most likely won’t have full power. Unless you don’t mind wasting a few, try to stick to a six month supply.
Purchasing Hearing Aid Batteries on The Web
This isn’t an over-all critique of purchasing things online. You can get some good deals. But some batteries that are available online are being sold by less honest people and are close to their expiration date. They might even be beyond their expiration date. So buyer beware.
Both alkaline (AA, AAA, etc.) and zinc hearing aid batteries have a date they will expire. You wouldn’t buy milk without checking the expiration date. You have to use the same amount of caution with batteries. Be certain that the date is well in the future so that you can get the most use out of the pack. If the website doesn’t state an expiration date, message the vendor, or purchase batteries directly from us. Be sure you know and trust the seller.
Today You Can Get Rechargeable Hearing Aids
There are several reasons that hearing batteries might drain rapidly. But by taking little precautions you can get more energy out of each battery. If you’re in the market for a new pair of hearing aids, you might decide on a rechargeable model. You put them on a charger every night for a full charge the next day. And you only need to replace them every few years.