Hearing aids are nothing without energy
At Beltone Tristate, we geek out over mundane things like hearing aids and even hearing aid batteries because they reconnect people with hearing loss to the world around them. Is there anything more powerful than helping someone hear the voice of their loved ones?
We love what we do because it helps people with hearing loss experience life’s biggest moments. One small device — and even tinier batteries — at a time.
We explored the inner workings of hearing aids and their technological development in another post, but have you ever wondered how hearing aid batteries work? Let’s explore the basics of hearing aid batteries, how they differ from other batteries, and some tips for ensuring you get the most out of your hearing aid batteries.
Types of hearing aid batteries
There are two main types of hearing aid batteries: rechargeable and disposable.
Rechargeable batteries are becoming increasingly popular as a more environmentally conscious option that eliminates the need to constantly replace disposables. They are easy to use and recharge via a charging station or a USB cable, and they typically last the lifetime of your hearing aid. The main downside is the higher entry cost to go this route, but the value is undeniable.
Disposable batteries are the most common type of hearing aid batteries due to their convenience and lower cost. They come in various sizes to fit different types of hearing aids and even have color coding so it’s easier to remember what your specific device needs.
Hearing aid batteries use chemical reactions to produce the electrical energy that powers your device. The most common method is zinc-air technology, which allows air to enter the battery to react with the zinc and produce electricity.
What batteries does Beltone Tristate sell?
At Beltone Tristate, we understand that you want reliable and long-lasting batteries. That’s why we carry high-quality batteries in various sizes to match the power requirements of your device.
Our shop’s options reflect the four most common types of hearing aid batteries distinguished by their size and color coding:
- B20 Yellow (Size 10 equivalent)
- B347 Brown (Size 312 equivalent)
- B26 Orange (Size 13 equivalent)
- B900 Blue (Size 675 equivalent)
The size of the battery you need will depend on the type of hearing aid you have, as well as the level of power required by the device. The battery your device requires will probably be one of the first things discussed in your initial hearing aid fitting appointment, but you can always consult with your hearing care provider to determine which type is best for your device.
Hearing aid batteries vs. normal batteries
Hearing aid batteries are similar to other types of batteries, but there are a few key differences that make them unique.
- Size matters: Hearing aid batteries are designed to be small and lightweight so that they can fit comfortably inside a hearing aid without adding too much bulk. This means that they use less material and have a lower capacity than other types of batteries, which is why they need to be replaced more frequently.
- Constant power: Hearing aid batteries are designed to provide a constant voltage output over their lifetime. This is important because the electronics inside a hearing aid require a steady source of power to function properly.
- Easy to use: Hearing aid batteries are designed to be easy to use despite their tiny stature. They typically come with a tab or sticker that you need to remove before inserting the battery into the hearing aid. This tab serves two purposes: it protects the battery from draining before it is needed, and it provides a convenient handle for inserting the battery into the hearing aid.
Tips for getting the most out of your hearing aid batteries
There are a few ways you can lengthen the life of your hearing aid batteries, so you can replace them less frequently, like:
Store your batteries in a dry place at room temperature. Extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) can shorten the life of your batteries, and moisture can cause your batteries to corrode and leak, which can damage your hearing aid. We recommend storing your batteries in a dry place at room temperature to maximize their lifespan. Your medicine cabinet, nightstand, or everything-catch-all drawer in the kitchen will do the trick.
Open the battery door when you’re not using your hearing aids. We always recommend that our hearing aid patients open the battery door while their device sits on the nightstand at night or when they’re otherwise not using them. This will help to preserve battery life and prevent damage from moisture buildup.
Replace your batteries on a regular schedule. Most hearing aid batteries last between 5 and 14 days, depending on the size and power requirements of your hearing aid. Check your hearing aid manual for specific recommendations on when to replace your batteries, and keep an extra set handy in case they die sooner than you’re expecting.
The importance of powerful hearing aid batteries
Hearing aid batteries may be small, but they play a critical role in ensuring that your hearing aids function properly. By understanding how they work and taking steps to care for them properly, you can ensure that you get the most out of your hearing aid batteries and enjoy the benefits of better hearing.
Running low on your disposable batteries? Check out our online shop to order your next battery restock today!