Why Are My Hearing Aid Batteries Draining Faster Than Normal?
If your hearing aid batteries are draining faster than normal, it can be frustrating. Hearing aid batteries should last between three and 21 days, depending on the model, the battery size and how often you use your hearing aids. If you find that your batteries are running out of charge faster than usual, there may be a problem. There are multiple causes of battery issues. Here are some of the most common reasons why hearing aid batteries drain rapidly.
Exposure to Moisture
Moisture can clog hearing aid parts and it can also interact with chemicals within the battery to accelerate draining. To prevent this from happening, it’s wise to avoid keeping your hearing aids in moist or damp places within the house, such as the bathroom and to ensure you change the battery in a dry room. When you store your hearing aids in a secure container, open the battery hatch. If you’re not going to use your hearing aids for a few days, take the battery out. Using a dehumidifier in your home can help to lower the risk of moisture damage.
Extra Features and External Accessories
Many modern hearing aids are packed with innovative features, which are designed to enhance user experience. It’s brilliant to have access to hearing aid features but using different features and connecting to external accessories and devices can drain your battery faster. You may find that your battery doesn’t last as long as usual if you stream music to your hearing aids, for example.
Issues with the Charger
If you use rechargeable hearing aid batteries and your batteries are dying very quickly, there may be an issue with your charger, rather than the batteries. Check that your charger is working properly. If it’s not working, you may need to replace it.
Using Old Batteries
Buying batteries in bulk may seem like a good idea, but it can be counterproductive. Purchasing a large number of batteries can save money, but it’s common to find that the batteries you use long after you’ve bought them don’t offer the same level of power as new batteries. Try to avoid keeping batteries for too long. Ideally, you should use new batteries within a few months.
Poor Quality Batteries
For optimum battery function, it’s important to buy high-quality batteries that have plenty of life left in them. Many of us like to shop online to save time, effort and money. Buying batteries online can be convenient and cost-effective, but it’s crucial to be aware of the potential risks. Some websites may offer deals because the batteries are close to their expiry date.
Always use reputable, secure sites and read user reviews if you are browsing online. If you need advice about where to buy hearing aid batteries, a hearing instrument specialist can help.
Take care when handling your hearing aid batteries. Wash your hands to avoid dirt, dust and oil getting into the batteries and don’t remove the tab from a new battery until you are ready to use it.
Tips to Prolong Battery Life
Here are some tips to help you prolong hearing aid battery life:
- Store your hearing aid in a dry, safe place.
- Remove the batteries when you’re not using your hearing aids for prolonged periods.
- Open the battery door when you store your hearing aids.
- Buy high-quality batteries.
- Avoid keeping batteries for too long.
- Limit the use of advanced features and external accessories and devices if your battery is low.
- Remove the battery tab just before you use the battery.
Fast-draining hearing aid batteries can be frustrating, especially if you can’t work out why your batteries are not lasting as long. There are many reasons why batteries drain rapidly, including exposure to moisture, using features and external accessories, using old or poor-quality batteries, changes in altitude and not handling the batteries carefully.
If you’re having trouble with your hearing aid batteries, or you need advice about how to extend their lifespan, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the experienced team at Beck Hearing Aid Centre. Call us at (888) 618-3778 today to speak to a hearing instrument specialist.