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Old Hearing Aids: How to Prolong Battery Life
Posted 8/25/17

Are you noticing your old hearing aids starting to wear out?
Then don't miss out on your complete guide to prolonging hearing
aid battery life.

You shouldn't be punished for having poor hearing.
And, we know when your old hearing aids aren't working, it can be
In the end, you're putting in too much work.
Is it worth the hassle if you won't hear everything anyway?
It's important you're comfortable with your hearing aids functions
in any environment.
We want to help! 
Use our tips and you can learn how to prolong the batteries lifespan in your old hearing aids. This can save you some serious cash in the process. 

What Can You Expect?
Your batteries are expected to last anywhere between several days to a week or two depending on factors like:
Your hearing aid and the type of batteries it needs
The power requirements your device
How often you use your device
The climate you live in
How you handle your battery
When it's all said and done, there are more than a couple different ways to give more longevity to your old hearing aids.
Read ahead and find out!

Handle Your Batteries with Care
What do we mean by this? 
Your hearing aid batteries are typically made of an energized zinc oxide. They're more fragile than you think. 
The following steps will give you insight on how to bring your battery to its fullest potential.

1. Wash Your Hands
Make sure your hands are clean before changing any batteries.
Any alien particles or oils from your hands could transfer onto your battery, blocking the power connection.  
This is especially fatal for your old hearing aids as filth doesn't only offer shorter lifespans for your battery but contribute to overall damage to your device. 
The excess dirt and grease in your device build, clogging the openings in the sound outlets and ventilation.
This creates the faint, muffled sound no one wants to experience. 

2. Provide Proper Battery Transport
Don't let your batteries float around in your pockets or purse, this can lead to a short-circuit. 
When a battery freely bouncing around next to other metals such as coins, you'll create a situation in which high heats damage your old hearing aids. 
These harder metals can also puncture your battery, allowing energy leakage.
To avoid this, always carry your batteries in original packaging or a protective case that prevents them from shaking around.  

3. Never Remove the Tab Until You're Ready to Use It 
The plastic tab on your battery protects your battery, keeping it fresh for a long period of time. 
When you remove the tab early, you're activating the zinc oxide in your battery. 
After that, you might as well throw it away since it's losing energy from not even being used. 

4. Use Your Oldest Batteries First
First one in, first one out.
Even though these batteries can last a while when stored correctly, they don't last forever.
If they sit around too long, their charge will go away.
Always use your oldest packages first so your spare batteries never expire. 

Aerate Your Batteries
Speaking of removing the tabs on your batteries, have you heard of the 5-minute rule? 
14 year old, Ethan Manuell is a Rochester high school student who recently found out a little secret to prolong your battery. 
In his science experiment discoveries, he found that the energized zinc batteries last longer when exposed to air. 
How long do you expose it? 
According to him, when you let it aerate for 5 minutes, instead of the recommended 1 minute, you'll get the best life span. This allows the zinc oxide to mix with oxygen sufficiently, giving it a 30%-80% boost in power.
That's about an extra two to three days of use! 
The science is there, give it a try. 
Store Your Batteries like Fine Cigars
And, by that, we mean in a cool and dry place. 
Keep your batteries away from extreme temperatures. 
To avoid this, we suggest a room temperature, anyway between 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit. 
With this in mind, don't put your batteries in the refrigerator!
This is the exact opposite of cool and dry as temperatures can reach below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and condensation from inside creates a moist atmosphere for your batteries.  
Don't let wives tales ruin your old hearing aids.

Keep Your Old Hearing Aids Cool and Dry
It's also important to provide a dehumidified zone for your old hearing aids.
Although your batteries might be at their most efficient state, this can be offset by a moisturized battery door. 
Any moisture built up during the day has a serious effect on your battery life capacity.
With current advancements in technology, there are accessories such as dehumidifiers to help dry out your battery door.
It's perfect to use at night when you're asleep to avoid any inconveniences. 

Turn Them Off
A bit obvious, right? 
Well, when you aren't using your device, you need to practice turning it off, keeping the battery door open, and removing the batteries for storage. 
This is the easiest and most efficient ways to prolonging the battery life in your device.
Like we've already mentioned, by following these steps when you're not using your device, you'll get more use out of it.

See the Right Dispenser
If you want to keep your old hearing aids from wearing out, we suggest spending your time with the right dispensary center. 
You want a professional who knows how the hearing system works. Someone who can guide you towards the right improvements.
These professionals specialize in helping you, and they have advanced degrees to prove it. 
Not only that, seeing these centers can provides many benefits like tune-ups, cleanings, repairs, and replacements for your device.

Need a New Device? 
No problem! 
We have professionals on hand to help you with your hearing needs. 
Even if you don't want to replace your old hearing aids just yet, we have plenty of items to help prolong their lifespans. 
Make your appointment with us today!
Did you find any of our tips helpful? 
If so, share this with anyone affected by hearing loss. We'd love to help them, too. 

- Dick Frankenberg 
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