If you are one of the nearly 30 million Americans who could benefit from using hearing aids, you may be overwhelmed in trying to decide what pair is right for you.
One factor that might influence your decision is what type of battery you prefer to use. Without batteries, your device would be unable to function. To keep your devices running smoothly, there are a few things to know about hearing aid batteries.
Disposable Hearing Aid Batteries
Most hearing aids use disposable zinc air batteries. The type that you’ll need depends on the size and size of your device. Options include:
- 5 (red)
- 10 (yellow)
- 13 (orange)
- 312 (brown)
- 675 (blue)
How Long Do Disposable Hearing Aid Batteries Last?
The lifespan of your battery depends on several different factors, including:
- Size and style of hearing aids
- Degree of hearing loss
- Amount of use
- Listening environment
- If you stream media into your hearing aid
In general, disposable hearing aid batteries will last anywhere from three days to three weeks, and larger batteries usually last longer than smaller ones.
How to Extend Battery Life
Obviously, you want the most you can out of each battery. There are several ways to extend battery life, such as:
- Making sure you store batteries at room temperature and away from moist or humid environments.
- Avoid putting them in the refrigerator or freezer. Even though you may have heard that cold conditions can extend battery life, extreme temperatures and condensation can actually damage the battery.
- Keeping batteries away from metal objects like keys and coins that can cause them to short-circuit.
Should You Consider Rechargeable Hearing Aids?
An alternative to standard hearing aid batteries is to get rechargeable hearing aids.
They use a lithium-ion battery that uses a charging station to power up. Most batteries can last 20-30 hours between charges and only need to be replaced every 3-5 years.
If you like the thought of heading out of town for the weekend or spending the day exploring local Hickory shops like Unique World Gifts without having to carry extra hearing aid batteries around, rechargeable hearing aids might be for you.
However, not all hearing aid styles have rechargeable models. So, if you prefer a style that doesn’t have that option, disposable batteries may be the way to go.
We suggest writing out a pros and cons list that includes things like usability, convenience, style and cost. Figuring out what’s most important to you can help you and your audiologist decide what works best for your lifestyle.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing experts, contact Carolina Ear Nose & Throat – Sinus and Allergy Center today.