If you have hearing aids you’ll need them to stay functioning perfectly in order to help you communicate. So you’ll likely understand how frustrating it can be when your batteries run out at an inopportune time.
As one of your most precious possessions it’s important to keep your hearing aids in top working order. This includes looking after the batteries so they’re always ready and working when you need them most.
Remove the plastic tab a minute before use
Because hearing aid batteries are activated by contact with the air you should take care not to remove the plastic tabs at the back of the battery until you need to use them. Once you’ve removed the plastic tab from the battery back, let it sit for a minute to soak up enough air to power up before you insert it into the hearing aid.
Have clean hands
When you change your batteries make sure your hands are clean and dry, because grease, dirt and water can damage your hearing aids. Give the battery door a brush when you’re changing batteries to avoid any dust build up.
Store them sensibly
Store your batteries at room temperature, away from coins, keys and other metal objects which could cause the batteries to short circuit.
Any time your hearing aid is not in use, you should switch it off to conserve the battery and maximise the battery life, and store it somewhere safe. You should also leave the battery door open so any moisture can escape as this will help to prolong the life of your batteries. If you’re not planning on wearing it for a while it’s a good idea to remove the battery and store it separately.
Unused batteries can last for many years, but their power will fade with time. Just like food, fresh is best when it comes to batteries. If you encounter a dud battery, send it and the package back to the manufacturer for a replacement.
Finally, always remember to purchase quality batteries to go with your quality hearing aids to help you maintain your quality hearing for longer.