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The trick 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 concerns 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 problem.

so that you can avoid the need to exchange the batteries several times a week, you can do several things to extend their life. Make the batteries last just a little bit longer by thinking about these 6 simple ideas.

1. Be a Smart Hearing Aid Consumer

It starts when you are beginning to shop for your hearing aids. Battery life depends on many factors like features of the hearing aids or quality of the brand. Not all batteries are created equally, either. Cheap components and even cheaper batteries are what defines low quality hearing aids. 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, think about what features are essential for you. You’ll discover that non-wireless hearing aids have batteries that can last twice as long as the wireless models. And the larger hearing aids have longer lasting batteries. The smaller devices need new batteries every two days, but larger models can go for around two weeks on one set of cells. Understand how all of the features of a hearing aid impact the power consumption and then choose the ones you need.

2. Take the Time to Store the Hearing Aids Properly

To avoid 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 heat will affect battery cells. The main thing is to keep them away from heat sources such as light bulbs. Room temperature is fine.

Think about using a hearing aid dehumidifier, too. Both the batteries and the hearing aid itself are protected in this way. Humidity in the air is hard on their fragile components.

3. Take Precautions When Changing the Batteries

Begin with clean, dry hands. The life of the battery is adversely impacted by moisture, grease, and germs. Until it’s time to use the batteries, be sure to leave the plastic tabs on. In order to power on, current hearing aid batteries mix zinc with air. But you want to be ready before that happens.

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

4. Play Around With Different Batteries and Battery Sources

It goes without saying, cheap batteries will die faster than quality ones. Don’t just think of the brand, though, but what types of hearing aid batteries you’re using and also where you purchase them. If you buy in quantity, you can get good batteries for less at some big box stores.

Use caution if you buy them online, especially from an auction site such as eBay. Batteries have sell-by and expiration dates. You shouldn’t use them once they expire.

Consult your hearing specialist for advice on where to get batteries at affordable prices.

5. Be Ready For The Unavoidable

The batteries are going to die eventually. It’s better if you have an idea when that will occur, so you don’t end up 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.

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

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 up front. Rechargeable batteries are probably 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 significant an investment as the hearing aids are. Extending the life of your batteries and saving money starts with a little due diligence. Contact a hearing aid retailer for some information on what option is best for you.