How to Increase the Life of a Hearing Aid
Hearing aids, for the people that can wear them, can really be life changing. However, they won’t be much help if they aren’t working well, and don’t have the power that they need from batteries to keep working. If you are someone that has used hearing aids before, then you will know that as soon as you start to hear a small beeping noise, it is time to change the battery.
Batteries for hearing aids can vary in how long they last, but there are some factors that can make the life of the battery and therefore the life of the hearing aid, shorter or longer. For example, the type of battery and the size of the battery that you have, as well as the size of the hearing aid and type of hearing aid can impact how long the battery lasts. The number of hours a day that you use the hearing aids will also impact how long they last. Quite common sense, but something to bear in mind. The environment that you live in, as well as the technology level of the hearing device that you use are also factors that can impact how long the battery lasts and how long the hearing aid lasts. The good news is that there are some audiologist approved best practices that you can do, in order to keep your hearing aids working well, the batteries working well, and the keep them lasting as long as possible.
- Using the oldest pack of hearing aid batteries first is one of the things to consider, when looking to prolong the life of your hearing aids, and the batteries. Hearing aid batteries can be in storage for quite a while, but the longer the batteries are just sitting in storage, the shorter that their life will be. If you always use the oldest pack of batteries when you need new ones, then the spare batteries that you have will not get too old.
- When you store your extra hearing aid batteries, they will be best stored somewhere that is room temperature and away from humidity. Having extremes of temperature can be bad for batteries and hearing aids, as well as moisture and humidity. To keep them both working well, avoid having your batteries near something humid like the bathroom, or something cold like the refrigerator. For your hearing aids, in order to prolong how they last, they shouldn’t be worn when there is a chance that they’ll get wet. When showering, leave in the bedroom so that they don’t get damp from the humidity of a hot shower, if they’re left out on a bathroom counter.
- Speaking of humidity, to help you hear aids, it can be worth getting a hearing aid dehumidifier. Things like dry storage kits and a hearing aid dehumidifier can protect the hearing aids, as well as the hearing aid batteries, helping them to all last longer. They give them somewhere safe to stay and will keep them dry once they’ve been taken off. Your audiologist can advise you what the best piece of kit would be for your needs.
- Certain chemicals and products can do a lot of damage to your hearing aids. So, although they should be cleaned regularly in order to prolong their life, they need to be cleaned in the right way. The best way to clean the delicate microphone on them is to use an air puffer, rather than a wipe or sponge. So, cleaning them in the right way is important to help them to keep working well and for them to last and last.
- On a similar note, the kind of things that you use on your hair, on your face can impact the hearing aids and how well they work and last. For example, hair spray can really hinder hearing aids and damage them, especially around the delicate parts of the hearing aid. So, when you are using products like this on your hair, or creams and soap on your face, it is best to remove your hearing aids, so that there isn’t any unnecessary damage.
If you need more advice on caring for your hearing aids and helping them to last longer, or think you may need new ones, then get in touch with our team of experts at Active Life Hearing. From hearing aid advice, to hearing aid accessories and advice on testing. Give us a call today at 954-994-4143.