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Hearing aid batteries are obviously essential to powering the circuitry that enables you to hear, and it’s one of the hearing aid accessories that we get the most questions about. Some of the newer models are coming out with rechargeable batteries, while many styles still require the use of disposables. Here are a few of the most common questions people ask our audiologists about hearing aid batteries, but please feel free to call us at 888-638-5095 anytime you have questions about hearing aids, batteries, hearing tests or any other aspect of your hearing healthcare!
How can I tell which kind of hearing aid batteries my hearing aids need?
When you select your hearing aids, our audiologist will make sure that you know what kind of hearing aid batteries you need. Generally speaking, hearing aid batteries are color and number coded for ease in re-ordering, however. For example:
- Blue = 675
- Orange = 13
- Brown = 312
- Yellow = 10
How do I find out the color or number of my hearing aid batteries?
During your hearing aid fitting, our audiologist will show you where to look and how to change the batteries. They are labeled by color and number, so it will be easy to tell. But if you ever have any difficulties, please call us and we’ll be glad to help: 888-638-5095.
How long do hearing aid batteries typically last?
Usually, hearing aid batteries can go for 5 to 7 days before you need to replace or recharge them, but the actual amount of time depends on several factors, including:
- The battery size
- Hearing aid model
- The severity of your hearing loss
- The sound environments you are using your hearing aids in
- The accessories you use with your hearing aids
- How many hours a day you are using your hearing aids
Obviously, the more demanding your sound environment is, and the longer you wear and use your hearing aids, the faster the battery will wear down.
Why do hearing aid batteries wear down so quickly?
That is a very common and valid question, and people often mention that watch batteries last for years. This is true, but keeping time uses far less juice than hearing aids, which perform far more complex and demanding functions with very small batteries. They power the functions of a microphone, amplifier and other complex functions determining how frequencies are delivered in various sound environments as the day goes on. This is why they don’t last nearly as long as watch batteries.
How can I keep from running out of hearing aid batteries?
Our audiologists recommend ordering a month’s supply a month ahead of when you’ll need them so that you don’t run out. Or if you order 10 at a time, re-order once you’re down to 7 or 8 so that shipping time isn’t a problem.
Is there any place I should or should not store my hearing aid batteries?
We suggest storing the batteries next to the same place you store your hearing aid overnight. This could easily be in a drawer in your bedroom or in a box on your bedside table. Some people keep theirs in a drawer in the bathroom, but because of moisture and temperature variations, this may not be the optimal place for them, as that can decrease battery life. They should be kept in a dry location with a consistent temperature. Never store hearing aid batteries in the refrigerator as the temperature and moisture can ruin them quickly.
Our audiologists can help you with more tips and tricks for getting the most out of your hearing aid batteries and answer any other questions we haven’t addressed here. Just call us at 888-638-5095 and we’ll make sure you get the answers and assistance you need!