Hearing aid batteries provide the fuel for hearing aids. Even subtle changes in a battery's output can mean the difference between clear performance and poor volume or noise control.
Heat is a serious enemy to the life of hearing aid batteries, so it's even more important to take extra care as we enter the warm summer months. Here are some useful tips to help you get the most out of our your hearing aid batteries.
- Store batteries in a cool, dry location. Room temperature is typically fine. Refrigeration is not necessary, in fact it can actually harm batteries! Tom Begley of Rayovac, a leading manufacturer of hearing aid batteries, explains that zinc air batteries contain have holes in the top that can fill up with moisture and fail prematurely if refrigerated.
- Keep batteries in their original package until you are ready to use them. Storing new batteries together with coins or other batteries outside of the original packaging may short circuit the cells and reduce their useful life.
- When you're not wearing your hearing aid, turn it off or open the battery door to minimize battery drain
- Leave the battery compartment of your hearing device open at night so moisture can escape. Doing so will keep the battery from corroding and damaging the hearing aid.
- Remove dead batteries immediately. A completely discharged battery may swell and become difficult to remove.
What tips do you have to get the most out out your hearing aid batteries? Share in the comments!