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Posted on Friday, February 01, 2013

Hearing Aid Reviews: Batteries

Rayovac batteries have great reviews from users.

Hearing aid users have to take their battery choices a lot more seriously than the average consumer. So knowing how to take proper care of batteries to help them last longer is almost as important as finding the most reliable and longest lasting batter. Taking care of a hearing aid battery can help to increase their longevity, but some batteries have simply proven themselves to last longer.

Care

Hearing aid batteries should be stored at room temperature. Avoid placing it in humid or hot places, and take care to avoid moisture. Wipe the outside of the hearing aid daily with a soft, dry cloth or tissue to keep excess moisture from seeping into the battery. A hearing aid dehumidifier will also help to keep your battery in working order. In addition, a good practice is to leave the battery compartment or casing open at night so that fresh air can enter the hearing aid and dry it more completely.

Size

In recent years the manufacturers of hearing aid batteries developed a color coded system to make finding the size of your battery easy. After removing the old battery, you will notice a colored tab on the back of it. Yellow means your battery is size 10 or 230; brown is size 312, orange is size 13, and blue is size 675.

Some manufacturers place a letter before or after the battery size, so it will read A10 or 10A. You can ignore this letter. The battery size A10 or 10A is the same as 10. Note: batteries have a positive and negative side, so make sure to insert them correctly.

Lifespan

The normal lifespan of your battery depends on the power of the battery, how often you are in a noisy environment, the settings used, type of hearing aid, and available functions, but typically a battery last between five and fourteen days. Though few users are lucky enough to have a battery last as long as fourteen days. It's more common for users to have their batteries last between five to seven days. There are, however, some unreliable batteries that have been reported to last as little as two to three days.

Battery reliability is something hearing aid users know a lot about. Two batteries brands that seem to have high customer satisfaction among the People Hearing Better community are the Rayovac Proline and Duracel Activair. Users claim these batteries typically last up to a week. But there's no need to just take our word on it. The Microbattery website has a list of batteries along with how long they last in a series of different hearing aids. You can check it out HERE.

And if you want to get a feel for what a wider ranger of hearing aid users have to say about batteries then here are some popular batteries and their ratings as posted by hearing aid users on Amazon.com.

Zenipower Zinc Air Size 10 (60) Out of 29 reviewers the battery received four out of five stars.

Rayovac Proline sz. 312 33 people reviewing gave this battery 4.5 stars out of five.

Energizer EZchange size 13 Six people reviewing this product gave it 3.5 stars.

Duracel Activair size 312 Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 41 hearing aid users.

You can find out more by visiting Amazon directly and putting in your size hearing aid, but these four reviews serve as a guidelines that seems fairly consistent for each of these brand sizes and support what has been said by our community.

Note: If you find you are replacing the hearing aid battery often, you might want to consider purchasing a rechargeable hearing aid battery. They cost more initially, but in the long run they save money. Plus, you can recharge them while you sleep, so you don’t have to worry about your battery failing during the day. If you have yet to buy a hearing aid, you can negotiate with your audiologist or hearing health provider to get hearing aid batteries for up to a year or longer with a bundled purchase.

If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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