How to Increase the Life of a Hearing Aid?

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Hearing aids are continually evolving. With all these new audio editing capabilities and the unique features of modern headphones, a standard battery lasts three to 10 days. But why is the duration so uncertain? Why can one last a week and another only a few days? The factors that play a role are the use of your hearing aid, the retransmission that takes place and how you take care of your hearing aid. The better you look after your hearing aid, the longer time it will serve you, which is both a cost-friendly tactic and will also allow you to hear better for longer too. 

There are some simple tips that you can implement to increase the life of your batteries and optimize the performance of your hearing aid.

Here are 14 tips to assist you and improve the life of your hearing aid

  • Allow the battery to breathe for three to five minutes: After removing the sticker from the battery, wait three to five minutes before inserting it into your headset. This activation time allows air to meet all battery materials and activate them.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before changing batteries. The grease and the stench in the batteries can damage the handset, while they can clog the battery pores.
  • Open the battery cover at night: When not wearing your headset, turn it off or open the battery door to reduce power consumption. Leave the battery door open overnight to remove accumulated moisture. This will prevent damage to the battery in your handset.
  • Use dehumidification tablets: Dehumidification tablets will absorb moisture from your battery and headset. This will also result in more efficient battery power consumption during headset operation.
  • Remove the batteries entirely if you do not use the appliance for a long time: This also helps prevent any damage or damage that could be caused by trapped moisture.
  • Check the expiration date of the batteries: The farther away it is, the newer your batteries are. Over time, the energy of the batteries decreases slightly as they sit on the shelf. Ideally, the expiration date of your batteries should be one year away from the date of purchase.
  • Use the older battery pack first: Newer packages will have a longer expiration date. It is a good idea to confirm that you are using your older batteries first to get the most out of them. 
  • Leave the stickers on the battery: The sticker keeps the battery fresh. As soon as you remove it, the battery is activated and begins to consume. Make sure the sticker is in place until you need to use the battery.
  • Keep the batteries in a cool, dry place: If you store the batteries in extreme temperatures, then their lifespan is reduced.
  • Invest in headphones with rechargeable batteries: Rechargeable hearing aids with rechargeable batteries, such as the Muse iQ Rechargeable, have begun to appear on the market. Rechargeable batteries allow you to charge the battery overnight and make full use of the handset all day. Rechargeable batteries must be replaced by a technician on an annual basis.
  • Please keep it clean: Wipe your hearing aids frequently with the cloth inside the package. Change the wax protection filters when you feel that the performance of your headphones is falling. Ensure that your ears are also clean of wax, too, which will allow the hearing aid to work more effectively. 
  • Keep it dry: The hearing aids should never be wet. If they get soaked by mistake, then remove the batteries and contact us. Please do not put them in the microwave and do not use a hair dryer to dry them.
  • Avoid chemicals and colognes: Hair sprays and perfumes contain chemicals that can damage your hearing aids. Allow sufficient time for these substances to dry before putting on your hearing aids again.
  • Avoid adverse temperatures: Hearing aids should never be exposed to excessive heat. Do not leave them in the car.

In addition to these tips, you must ensure that you always have your hearing aid checked every few months and to ensure that it still fits correctly. To avoid problems, talk to your hearing care professional about how often you should change the nipple of your headset and how to take care of it. 

For more information on hearing aids and to get further information on hearing loss, please do not hesitate to contact us at GL Wyeno Hearing Specialists PC, call today at (402) 463-2431.