Turns out, the batteries being used in your hearing aids are quite different than the traditional ones used in your everyday electronic devices (think remote controls). In order to properly take care of your hearing aids you will need to understand how the batteries work.
Below are some common questions many people in the Georgetown area ask their hearing specialist when they first get their hearing aids.
What kinds of batteries do hearing aids use?
Most hearings aids use a disposable zinc-air battery, which are color- and number-coded. The type of battery you need depends entirely on the style and size of your hearing aid. The most popular models are:
- 5 (red)
- 10 (yellow)
- 13 (orange)
- 312 (brown)
- 675 (blue)
Batteries may be purchased at your Georgetown hearing specialist’s office or from a local pharmacy.
How do zinc-air batteries differ from other battery types?
Unlike traditional batteries, zinc-air batteries require oxygen to produce power. They come packaged with a protective seal on the back; once the seal is removed, oxygen enters through tiny holes in the batteries to activate them. Your Georgetown hearing specalist recommends waiting at least a minute before using the batteries to make sure they have absorbed enough oxygen to work properly.
How long will hearing aid batteries last?
Every person uses up batteries at their own speed. The type of device, degree of amplification and amount of time you use your hearing aids per day all determine how long a battery will last.
On average, batteries will last five to seven days.
How do I know when it’s time to change the batteries?
If there is no sound coming out of your hearing aid, one of the first things you should do is change the batteries. Another sign you may need a fresh pair of batteries is hearing distorted or unclear sounds, usually at a low volume level. Some hearing aids are designed to produce an audible tone to let you know your batteries are running low.
How can you make your batteries last longer?
Your Georgetown hearing specalist recommends the following:
- Store your batteries at room temperature and avoid exposing them to moist or humid air.
- Keep batteries away from keys, coins and other metal objects.
- Open the battery compartment after you have removed your hearing aids and turned them off for the night.
While this may seem overwhelming, understanding battery basics is key to ensuring your hearing aids work as well as they can. For more tips and tricks, contact your Georgetown hearing specialist today.