Hearing aid batteries can be expensive for the people who are using the hearing aids. As a result, it is important for most people to make sure that their hearing aid batteries last as long as possible. Here are some tips for making that happen.
1. Don't Remove the Plastic Tab Until You Need to Use the Battery
Often, hearing aid batteries come in packs of more than one. Each battery will have its own plastic or cardboard tab that you need to remove in order for the battery to work. Make sure that you only remove the tab for the battery that you are planning to use right away or else the batteries life will start to drain. This is because hearing aid batteries are made out of zinc, which gets weaker and less effective over time when exposed to water. The plastic tab is able to keep the moisture out of the zinc battery, but if you remove that plastic tab, you have no defense. Keeping the plastic tab in allows you to make sure that your batteries aren't being used up before you even put them in your hearing aid.
2. Don't Store Batteries in Cold Places
Next, you want to make sure that you don't store your batteries anywhere that is extremely cold. This is only an issue for people who used to store their batteries in their refrigerators because this used to be the most effective way of making sure that your batteries lasted for a long time. Because the batteries are made out of zinc, when the batteries are taken out of the cold area, the condensation that forms could cause the battery to perform significantly worse.
3. Open the Door of the Battery Location Whenever You Have the Hearing Aid Off
It's common sense to turn off your hearing aid whenever you are not using it in order to preserve the battery. However, you also need to make sure that you open the battery storage area, even if it is just leaving the door open. This is important because it will allow the battery to air out on humid days and reduce the chances that the battery will be invaded by moisture. By turning off the battery and keeping moisture from building up, you will be able to significantly increase the life of your battery.
For more information, talk to a local hearing aid manufacturer (such as Beltone Hearing Care Center).