Many Americans use hearing aids in their daily lives. Thanks to them, people with hearing problems lead fulfilling and happy lives.
With daily use, it is very important that the device works consistently and does not turn off at the most important moment.
Hearing aid batteries, play an important role in the operation of hearing aids. The working time of any device depends on the size of the battery as well as it’s quality. Therefore, each user should pay attention to the type and model of the power source when getting hearing aids.
Main types of hearing aid batteries
Today there are two types of power supplies, which you can use in your hearing aids: disposable button batteries or rechargeable batteries. Each type has both pros and cons to consider when choosing devices. Let’s take a closer look at both types.
Standard disposable batteries
Low price, wide availability, and ease of manufacture make standard disposable batteries popular with hearing aid manufacturers and users. This is the most common power source.
The battery life depends on the size (model) and ranges from 3 to 22 days. After the battery runs out, just replace it with a new one. However, you should always have them on hand, which is not always convenient.
This is a more modern type of power source that has several advantages over standard disposable batteries. First of all, of course, this is the possibility of multiple recharging. Once this battery is discharged, you do not have to throw it away. Just charge the device in a dedicated docking station. This is very convenient as rechargeable batteries are usually charged at night when you remove the hearing aids. This allows the user to always be sure that their devices will work throughout the day and will not switch off at the wrong time.
Another major advantage of using rechargeable batteries over standard disposable batteries is cost savings. Of course, rechargeable batteries are more expensive than conventional power sources, but thanks to their rechargeable ability, they can save you a lot over time.
With all the pros and cons, most hearing aid models come with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Some companies manufacture rechargeable hearing aids. In this case, power supplies are already built into the devices themselves, which is very convenient for frequent use.
The most popular rechargeable hearing aid brands today are:
Over the years, devices from these manufacturers have shown excellent results!
It is worth noting that the proper use of hearing aids involves replacing/recharging the batteries, which will prolong their life. Take proper care of your devices, and they will definitely serve you for many years!
I recommend you clean your hearing aids every night. This will significantly extend the life of your devices. You can clean your device yourself, using a special tool to clean it.
What type of hearing aid batteries are available on the market today?
Hearing aids come in a variety of types and sizes. Accordingly, the power required for their operation is also different. Therefore, there are several sizes of disposable hearing aid batteries that are suitable for different devices. The most common 4 models are 10, 312, 13, and 675. Hearing aid batteries look similar and are easy to confuse, so each size has a different color so you can always buy the right power supply for your devices.
Which hearing aid battery sizes are available?
Size 10 – 5.8×3.6 mm – yellow color
Size 312 – 7.9×3.6 mm – brown color
Size 13 – 7.9×5.4 mm – orange color
Size 675 – 11.6×5.4 mm – blue color
The main function of power supply is to keep the hearing aid working. Of course, the average lifespan of each power supply is different. This is important information so that you don’t mix up the size which won’t fit into your device.
How long can I use a particular hearing aid battery model?
Size 10 – 3-7 days
Size 312 – 3-10 days
Size 13 – 6-14 days
Size 675 – 9-22 days
It is important to understand that the exact life of each power source also depends on the manufacturer and the device itself. Be sure to consider this information when choosing a hearing aid that you will later use in your daily life.
Is it time to change batteries?
It is very inconvenient and sometimes dangerous when your hearing aids suddenly stop working and you are not at home at the moment. Therefore, Dr. Stella Fulman recommends that you always carry a set of spare batteries and monitor your hearing aids closely.
The user can predetermine the discharge time of the power source and replace it in time so as not to get into an unpleasant situation.
What should you pay attention to?
The need to increase the volume
Special alerting sound signal in the hearing device
Most often, these signs do not indicate a device malfunction, but the need to charge or change the power source.
Tips for prolonging the life of hearing aid batteries
The lifespan of each battery is different and depends on many factors. These include the size of the power supply, manufacturer, operating conditions, the power consumption of the hearing aid, etc. However, there are simple tips to help you extend the life of your devices and save you extra money.
Avoid touching your devices with metal objects
Turn off devices when not in use (for example, while sleeping)
Store hearing aid batteries in a dry place at room temperature
Follow these simple guidelines daily and you will significantly extend the life of your hearing aid batteries.
Correct use of hearing aids will greatly improve and prolong their life. Do you want to use the devices comfortably for a long time? Follow all recommendations, clean them in time, and replace/charge power supplies.
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About Dr Stella Fulman
Dr. Stella Fulman, AU.D., CCC-A received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Audiology from Brooklyn College in 2004 and her Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University in 2008. [ Learn More ]