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Having Trouble with Your Hearing Aids?
Check Your Batteries First!
You’re about to walk out the door and suddenly you remember: “I’ve got to put in my hearing aids.” But when you do you’re disappointed. They don’t work. Frustrated, you make time to stop in and visit your hearing professional. You open by asking, “Why have these hearing aids totally stopped working on me?
The pro checks them out using a listening piece and tester’s. His testing indicates that everything about the hearing aids works just fine. So he asks, “Are you storing you batteries properly? Can I see the case you store them in?” He takes the case from you and when he unzips it, several batteries fall out. Then he takes them one by one and tests them. Dead. No power flowing at all.
“But they’re brand new. And so are these…” you protest as you pull out some from your pocket along with various coins and odds and end. These “pocket” batteries are tested, too. dead again. All of them.
You look a little sheepish and ask “What’s wrong with these new batteries? Why are they dead?” Your question provides an opportunity to discuss tips about battery care as the pro says, “You can avoid a lot of frustration by taking a few simple steps to preserve your battery life.” He goes through five points for battery care to extend their usefulness. You leave with some fresh batteries and deep relief that the solution proved to be so easy!
Chances are, when your hearing aids quit working, you only need to replace the pieces that make them work…your batteries.
Here are five tips to care for hearing aid batteries:
- Don’t take the tab off the hearing aid batteries until you’re ready to put them in the hearing aids. Removing the tab activates the battery. Putting the tab back on doesn’t stop the battery from discharging.
- Don’t let you batteries come into contact with metals like coins, tweezers, nails, or even other batteries. That causes them to short out.
- Store the batteries in a cool dry place, for example a nightstand drawer
Note: Refrigerators are not an option, this will damage the batteries, and possibly your hearing instrument if using a battery from the fridge.
- Open battery door on your hearing aids before going to bed at night to deactivate the batteries inside, and it allows the hearing instrument to air and dry out as well.
- Purchase a battery caddie to carry spare batteries and prevent interference from what’s around them.
For more information about battery care and good hearing aid maintenance, contact Lifestyle Hearing Solutions at (520)-323-0099.