Make the most of your hearing aid batteries
Extending the life of your battery is important when it comes to getting the most out of your hearing aids. Hearing aid batteries generally last around seven days. But by doing a few simple things, you can add a couple more days use which in the course of a year adds up. Here are some tips to get the most out of your batteries.
Hearing aid batteries generally last around seven days, however their lifecycle can be as short as five or as long as 10 days. If you’re keen to extend the life of your new hearing aid batteries, you’ll be pleased to hear there’s plenty you can do.
Leave the tab on
Your new hearing aid batteries should come with a plastic tab. Once the tab is removed, the zinc in the battery interacts with the oxygen in the air which is what makes the battery active. Only when you are ready to use the battery should you remove the tab. Then let the battery sit for one minute to power up before inserting it into the hearing aid battery compartment.
Grease and dirt can damage both your batteries and hearing aids and shorten their lifespan. Ensure your hands are clean and dry before handling batteries.
Keep moisture out
Moisture can damage both your hearing aid and its batteries. When not in use, for example overnight, open the door to the battery compartment to allow moisture to escape and keep the batteries dry.
Turn off your hearing aid when not in use
Sounds obvious, but it’s something many people forget. If you leave your hearing aid switched on when you’re not using it, you will waste battery power. Make a habit of always switching off your hearing aids as soon as you remove them.
Keep track of how long your hearing aid batteries are lasting. If they run out before five days it could be a sign that your hearing aid needs repair, so if you notice this is happening check with your local hearing centre.
For more tips on storing and using your hearing aid batteries, check out our supplier Powerone.
Most hearing aids are powered by small button batteries. If you suspect your child has swallowed or inserted a battery:
- Contact the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26
- You will be directed to the nearest hospital or emergency service that can assist you
- Do not let the person eat or drink until medical professionals can determine if a battery is present
- Do not induce vomiting
Things to remember:
- WARNING: Keep batteries in a safe and secure location out of reach of children.
- Swallowing may lead to serious injury in as little as 2 hours or death.
- Examine devices to ensure the battery compartment is secured. If the compartment is not secure, do not use and bring in to your Hearing Centre for checking.
- Children like to copy, so do not change batteries near them.
- Dispose of batteries appropriately – ensure that they cannot be accessed by children, and keep away from flames.
- Do not attempt to recharge batteries unless you have been given rechargeable-only batteries.
- Special battery safety measures are required for hearing aids fitted to children under 5 years of age, and battery safety features can be requested for aided children with young siblings or adults at risk of incorrect use.
- Please ensure that you follow the audiologist’s safety recommendations at all times.
If you experience an incident related to battery safety please report this to Hearing Australia.