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The trick to making hearing aids cost effective lies in just one component–the batteries. The cost of replacing them adds up fast and that makes it one of the biggest financial concerns when buying hearing aids.

Usually the batteries die at the worst time which is even more troubling. Even for rechargeable brands, this is a big issue.

There are things you can do to extend the life of the batteries in hearing aids, so you don’t have to stop and replace them a few times a week. Make the batteries last just a little bit longer by thinking about these 6 easy ideas.

1. Be a Smart Hearing Aid Consumer

It begins when you are beginning to shop for your hearing aids. Battery life is dependent on several factors like features of the hearing aids or quality of the brand. And some batteries are better than others. Some cheaper hearing products have low quality components that work with cheaper cell batteries. Make sure you discuss this with your hearing care specialist because you will be changing out the batteries a lot.

Compare the different models as you shop and, also, consider what features are crucial for you. Wireless models come with batteries that die twice as fast as models with wires. And the bigger hearing aids have longer lasting batteries. The smaller devices require new batteries every couple of days, but larger units can go for around two weeks on one set of cells. Recognize how all of the features of a hearing aid impact the power expenditure and then select the ones you need.

2. The Hearing Aids Need to be Stored Properly

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

A dry, cool location is where you should keep the batteries. Humidity and high temperatures will affect 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 idea. It’s one of the smartest ways to protect both the hearing aids and their batteries. Moisture in the air is hard on their delicate components.

3. Be Careful When You Change The Batteries

Be certain your hands are dry and clean. The quality of the battery is adversely impacted by humidity, grease, and germs. Until you are ready to use the batteries, be sure to keep the plastic tabs on. In order to power on, modern hearing aid batteries mix zinc with air. You don’t need that to happen before you are ready.

After you pull the tab, but before you use them, it’s smart to allow to them sit out for 5 minutes. Doing this can increase the life of the battery by days.

4. Different Battery Sources And Batteries Can be Experimented with

It goes without saying, cheap batteries will die faster than high quality ones. Think about not only the brands, though, but what types of hearing aid batteries you’re using and where you purchase them, as well. Big box stores might sell quality batteries for less per unit if you buy in bulk.

If you purchase them online, especially from auction sites like eBay, use caution. Batteries have an expiration date that they need to be sold by. After they expire, they shouldn’t be used.

The easiest way to find batteries at an affordable price is to ask your hearing care specialist.

5. Accept The Unavoidable And be Ready For it

The batteries are going to die sooner or later. It’s better if you get an idea when that will happen, so you don’t find yourself in a difficult situation. Make a schedule of when you change the batteries and when they fizzle. Over time, you’ll get an idea for when you need replacements.

A diary will also help you figure out which brands are best for your hearing devices and what features have the biggest effect on the battery life.

6. Consider the Alternatives to Batteries

One of the greatest things about newer hearing aids is that some are rechargeable. If you can save money on batteries, it will be worth paying a little more initially. Rechargeable batteries are likely the best option if you need a lot of features such as Bluetooth or wireless.

The batteries that make hearing aids work can be as substantial an investment as the hearing aids themselves. Extending the life of your batteries and saving cash begins with a little due diligence. Contact a hearing aid retailer for some information on what option is best for you.