Modern technology has made it much easier to find the right batteries for hearing aids. Stocking up on batteries is recommended for backup situations and emergencies. Professional Hearing Aid Associates provides hearing device wearers with the batteries they need the most.
Hearing devices use color and numbers to identify their compatibility. The four main types are 10 (yellow), 13 (orange), 312 (brown) and 675 (blue). Required battery sizes for a specific device is noted on both the battery packaging and in the hearing aid manual.
Battery sizes don’t accurately reflect their longevity. The features of a hearing aid will be the deciding factor in energy consumption. Some models have a more advanced power saving mode, while others excel with the aid of a phone app. Patients that have backup batteries don’t have to worry about using their hearing aids in a low power state.
Rechargeable hearing aids
Hearing aids with rechargeable batteries are convenient, but they’re only available on select devices. A portable charging station is used to bring the battery back to full capacity. The charging stations are small enough to fit in a bag, and are great for providing spur-of-the-moment charges. The ‘all-in-one’ feature of rechargeable hearing aids helps with cleaning by leaving fewer open spaces for debris to collect. Regular hearing devices cannot be upgraded to use rechargeable batteries. This makes the original hardware choice much more important for first-time wearers.
Care and maintenance
Cleaning kits are available to streamline the entire process. Purchased kits can be placed in different locations at a home or office setting. Regular maintenance of hearing aids helps the batteries perform at their highest level.
Unused batteries should be stored at room temperature. Extreme temperatures will lower the effectiveness of batteries before they’re activated. Properly stored batteries last for years in the package, and maintain their peak energy level once activated.
When activating batteries for the first time, they need to sit out for at least five minutes. This allows air to fully activate the cells for long-term usage. The process of airing out the battery can extend its lifespan by up to three days.