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The key to making hearing aids cost effective hinges on just one component–the batteries. The cost of exchanging them adds up quickly and that makes it one of the biggest financial issues when shopping for hearing aids.

Even more worrying, what if the batteries die at absolutely the worst moment? Even for rechargeable brands, this is a huge issue.

In order to avoid the need to exchange the batteries several times each week, you can do a few things to increase their life. Make the batteries last just a little bit longer by considering these 6 easy ideas.

1. If You’re Looking to Buy a Hearing Aid, be Smart About it

It starts when you are initially shopping for your hearing aids. Battery life depends on many factors such as features of the hearing aids or brand quality. And certain batteries are better than others. Some cheaper hearing products have low quality components that work with cheaper cell batteries. You’ll be switching those batteries out all the time, so be certain to talk it over with your hearing specialist.

Make some comparisons as you shop and, also, think about what features are essential for you. Wireless versions have batteries that die 2 times as fast as devices with wires. The larger the hearing aid, the longer the battery life, too. The smaller devices need new batteries every couple of days, but larger models can go for up to two weeks on one set of cells. Get the features you need but understand how each one affects the power usage of the hearing aids.

2. Take the Time to Store the Hearing Aids Properly

To prevent drainage of power you will usually have to open the battery door at night. Also, you will want to:

Store your batteries in a cool, dry location. Humidity and high temperatures will impact battery cells. Room temperature is fine just keep them out of the sun and away from heat sources include light bulbs.

Also, a dehumidifier is a smart consideration. Both the batteries and the hearing aid itself are protected by doing this. Their delicate components are easily damaged by moisture in the air.

3. Take Precautions When Changing the Batteries

Begin with clean, dry hands. Moisture, grease, and dirt all impact battery quality. Don’t forget to leave the plastic tab on until it’s time to use the new batteries, too. In order to power on, current hearing aid batteries mix zinc with air. You don’t want that to happen before you are ready.

It is worth letting them sit out for five minutes after you pull the tab but before you put them in. Doing this can extend the life of the battery by days.

4. Different Battery Sources And Batteries Can be Experimented with

Needless to say, cheap batteries will wear out faster than high quality ones. Don’t only think about the brand, though, but what types of hearing aid batteries you’re using and also where you purchase them. Big box stores commonly sell good batteries for less per unit if you buy in bulk.

If you purchase them online, especially from auction sites such as eBay, be careful. Batteries have sell-by and expiration dates. You shouldn’t use them once they expire.

The best way to get batteries at an affordable cost is to ask your hearing care specialist.

5. Be Ready For The Unavoidable

The batteries are going to quit sooner or later. If you don’t want to find yourself in a difficult situation, it’s better to get an idea when this will happen. Make a schedule of when you replace the batteries and when they fizzle. Over time, you’ll get an idea for when you need replacements.

In order to help you determine what features have the biggest effect on the battery and which brand batteries are appropriate for your device, keep a diary.

6. What Are the Alternatives to Batteries

One of the greatest things about newer hearing aids is that some are rechargeable. You might pay slightly more for those units, but it will be worth it if you can save money on batteries. If you need a bunch of features such as wireless or Bluetooth, then rechargeable batteries are probably the better choice.

Hearing aids are a considerable investment but the batteries that make them work are too. A small amount of due diligence goes a long way to extending the life of those batteries and saving you cash. To find out what your best option for you is, schedule an appointment with a hearing aid specialist.