Hearing Aid Batteries
At Dr. Hear, we stock batteries for all major hearing aid manufacturers. Whether you need a supply of disposable batteries or a replacement for a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, we’ve got what you need.
Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries
Until recently, all hearing aid batteries were disposable zinc-air batteries. While these have their advantages, it is now common for hearing aids to be offered with a rechargeable battery option. Thanks to the same advances that have made smartphones and electric vehicles a reality, rechargeable batteries can now be small and powerful enough to provide power to a set of hearing aids for a full day, even while streaming via Bluetooth.
Rechargeables have a few advantages over disposable hearing aid batteries. For one, you never need to replace them! Simply charge your hearing aids at their charging station while you sleep, and they’ll be ready for a full day’s use in the morning. This saves you money over time, as you won’t need to purchase a steady supply of replacement batteries. It’s also better for the environment. Over the course of three years, a set of hearing aids will typically require more than 300 disposable batteries!
For one, you never need to replace them! Simply charge your hearing aids at their charging station while you sleep, and they’ll be ready for a full day’s use in the morning. This saves you money over time, as you won’t need to purchase a steady supply of replacement batteries. It’s also better for the environment. Over the course of three years, a set of hearing aids will typically require more than 300 disposable batteries!
Additionally, by not needing to incorporate battery compartments, rechargeable hearing aids are significantly better-protected against moisture and dirt intrusion. For those who spend time in humid environments or who perspire more heavily, this can help extend the life of your hearing aids and help reduce the number of repairs they’ll need. Most rechargeable hearing aids can even withstand an occasional accidental submersion.
Rechargeable batteries are appropriate for both BTE and RIC-style hearing aids. Starkey even makes some ITE hearing aids with rechargeable batteries. If you’re most interested in a rechargeable option, talk to us about which models might be most appropriate for your needs.
Rechargeable batteries today last about 5 years, which is also the average lifespan of a set of hearing aids. If your rechargeable hearing aids were purchased a few years ago, the battery may have been expected to last only 3 years. If your older hearing aids are still working well for you with the exception of reduced battery life, we may be able to replace the batteries for you.
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Disposable Hearing Aid Batteries
They are available in 4 color-coded sizes. They are activated by the air, when the color-coded tab is removed and oxygen can enter the battery. Zinc-air batteries can last anywhere from 3–22 days, depending on your type of hearing aids and how you use them. The typical average lifespan is 5–7 days. You can maximize the lifespan of your disposable batteries by letting them sit out in the air for one minute after you pull the tab, before inserting them into your hearing aids.
Disposable batteries have a few advantages over rechargeable batteries. Firstly, you never need to wait for your hearing aids to charge if your batteries die during the day. When your batteries stop working, just pop them out and insert a new set. Of course, this means you always need to keep spare batteries on hand. While this may seem like a chore, you can get hearing aid batteries at many retail outlets including convenience stores, groceries, drug stores, and of course hearing aid retailers. At Dr. Hear, we keep all types of disposable hearing aid batteries in stock at all times.
Frequent travelers may prefer disposable batteries. They take up less space in luggage than most hearing aid chargers, and can easily be purchased everywhere you go. If you enjoy camping or otherwise frequently sleep away from electrical outlets, disposable batteries may be the right choice for you.
Because the batteries tend to last for up to a week, some people imagine that disposable batteries involve less fussing than rechargeables. However, it’s recommended that each night you wipe your hearing aids clean with a dry cloth, remove the batteries and leave the compartments open so that any moisture they’ve taken on during the day can evaporate. Moisture is the #1 reason that hearing aids come in for repair, and this simple practice can significantly extend the lifespan of your hearing aids.
If you have questions about whether disposable or rechargeable hearing aid batteries are the right choice for you, give us a call or come into one of our six locations and we can help you find your way to the best hearing aids for you and your lifestyle.