Battery Tips from Starkey Hearing Technologies
Your hearing aids need a steady power supply from a quality hearing aid battery in order to run effectively. Even subtle changes in a battery's output can mean the difference between clear performance and poor volume or noise control.
How long do hearing aid batteries typically last?
A standard hearing aid battery lasts anywhere from 3 to 22 days, depending on the hearing aid type, battery type and capacity, and the amount of hearing aid use.
How do I know if I should change batteries?
- Change your batteries if sounds become distorted or you have to turn up the volume more than usual.
- Some hearing aids will also make a small beeping sound when the battery is low. Be sure to switch batteries immediately when you hear the alarm.
- Hearing aid batteries often lose power very suddenly, so it's smart to carry an extra set of batteries with you at all times.
- To protect against discharging your backup batteries, keep them away from coins, keys or other metal objects.
What’s with the sticker on hearing aid batteries?
- Always purchase unopened battery packages. Make sure the sticker on a new battery is unbroken. A hearing aid battery begins to discharge as soon as the protective sticker has been removed.
Are there ways to minimize battery drain?
- After removing the tab from the battery, let the battery sit for 3-5 minutes before installing it in your hearing aid. This “activation” time allows air to reach the materials inside the battery and activate them.
- When you're not wearing your hearing aid, turn it off or open the battery door to minimize battery drain.
- If you won't be using the hearing aid for an extended period of time, remove the battery entirely.
- Avoid storing in extreme temperatures to keep from draining battery power and shortening battery life.
What are some good hearing aid battery care tips?
- Store hearing aid batteries at normal room temperatures.
- Do not refrigerate.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before changing batteries. Grease and dirt on the batteries may damage the hearing aid.
- Leave the battery compartment of your hearing device open at night so moisture can escape. Doing so will keep the battery from corroding and damaging the hearing aid.
- Remove dead batteries immediately. A completely discharged battery may swell and become difficult to remove.