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The key to making hearing aids cost effective hinges on just one component–the batteries. It’s one of the largest financial challenges consumers have to deal with when buying hearing aids because the costs of replacing them can add up fast.

Usually the batteries quit at the worst time which is even more distressing. Even for rechargeable brands, this is a big problem.

so that you can avoid the need to replace the batteries several times a 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. Be a Smart Hearing Aid Consumer

When you first start shopping for your hearing aids is when it all starts. Brand quality and hearing aid features are just a couple of the factors which determine battery life. And some batteries are higher quality than others. Some less expensive hearing products have low quality parts that work with cheaper cell batteries. You’ll be switching those batteries out all the time, so make sure to discuss this with your hearing specialist.

Think about what features you need, and make some comparisons as you shop around. You’ll find that non-wireless hearing aids have batteries that can last two times as long as the wireless models. And the larger hearing aids have longer lasting batteries. These larger devices can potentially go for two weeks without needing new batteries as opposed to the smaller ones which will require battery replacement every couple of days. Get the features you require but understand how each one impacts the power usage of the hearing aids.

2. The Hearing Aids Need to be Stored Properly

In most instances, the manufacturer will recommend opening the battery door at night to prevent power drainage. Also, you will want to:

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

Think about using a hearing aid dehumidifier, too. 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 negatively impacted by moisture, grease, and germs. Don’t forget to leave the plastic tab on until it’s time to use the new batteries, too. The latest hearing aid batteries mix zinc with the air to power on. But you want to be ready before that occurs.

It is worth letting them sit out for five minutes after you remove the tab but before you put them in. The battery could be extended by days if you do this.

4. Play Around With Different Batteries and Battery Sources

High quality batteries will last longer than bargain ones, obviously. Think about not just 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 good batteries for less per unit if you buy in bulk.

Use caution if you buy them online, especially from an auction site such as eBay. 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. Be Ready For The Unavoidable

Sooner or later, the batteries are going to quit. It’s better if you get an idea when that will occur, so you don’t find yourself in a difficult situation. To keep track of when the batteries fizzle and need to be replaced, make a schedule. Over time, you’ll get an idea for when you need replacements.

So you can determine what features have the biggest effect on the battery and which brand batteries are best for your device, keep a diary.

6. Consider the Alternatives to Batteries

Some modern day hearing aids are rechargeable and that is one of the greatest features. You may pay a little more for those units, but it will be worth it if you can save money on batteries. If you need a lot of features such as wireless or Bluetooth, then rechargeable batteries are likely the better option.

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