How Can I Improve On My Hearing Aid Battery Life?

Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS Hearing Aids

Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS

Susan began her full time career with Welsch Hearing Aid Company in December, 1984 as the Office Manager. On March 5, 1985, she became a State Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. In 1994, she passed her National Board for Certification Examination and became *Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences.
Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS

There actually are several things that you can do to increase your hearing aid battery life and things you should not do that would negatively affect your hearing aid batteries.

Following these Hearing Aid Battery Tips will help:

  • Since the hearing aid batteries are activated by the air, waiting 10 Minutes before you close the battery door after you take the sticker off can increase the battery life up to 80%. Closing the battery door right after you take the sticker off will not allow the battery to reach full voltage.
  • Store batteries at room temperature. Some hearing aid users keep extra batteries in the car. The extreme heat can loosen the sticker and activate the battery before it is even in your hearing aid.
  • Don’t store the batteries in the refrigerator—a practice of the past—Hearing aid voltage is lowered and the battery life is shortened.
  • Make sure you are opening your battery door when your hearing aid is not in use. If stored for a longer period of time with the battery in it, corrosion can come out of the battery and damage the hearing aid.
  • Purchase your hearing aid battery from your local hearing aid provider—they are usually better quality and fresher than those found in bigger stores and they are not kept in warehouse which may not be temperature controlled.
  • During these hot humid summer months, moisture from the air, body oils, and perspiration can cause the battery to “die” prematurely. When the holes on the battery fill up with moisture and oil it can trigger the low battery warning in the hearing aid.  Even though the hearing aid acts like the battery is dead, rubbing the back of the battery to get the moisture out of it may just bring it back to life.
  • If you use an electronic hearing aid dryer during keeping the batteries in the hearing aids will help with the moisture. However, it is recommended that generally the batteries should not be kept in the dryers. When you skin feels dry and the humidity is low, batteries can dry out too much when kept in a dryer or desiccant jar, leading to shortened battery life.
  • Batteries should not be carried loose in your pocket or purse. If they come in contact with a metal object such as coins, keys, or other batteries the battery may short out, leak, and in rare occasions even rupture.  Ask your local hearing aid provider for a battery caddy that holds two batteries and connects to your key chain.

If you have any questions about your hearing aids particular battery life contact Welsch Hearing Aid Company Today!