One of the first questions a new hearing aid user asks is “How long does the battery last?”. Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their batteries. The smallest batteries – size 10 –typically last about 3-5 days, while the largest batteries – size 675 – fit more powerful hearing aids and typically last for up to two weeks. Batteries are often purchased from an audiology clinic, but can also be purchased at most places that sell other batteries. If purchasing batteries elsewhere, be sure to check the expiration date! Want to get a bit more life out of your batteries? Take the sticker off and let the battery sit outside the hearing aid for about 5 minutes. This will allow the battery to fully activate, giving you little bit of extra time between “battery low” warnings.
If weekly battery changes aren’t your thing, rechargeable batteries are becoming more and more common in the hearing aid industry. To charge a hearing aid that uses a rechargeable battery, the entire hearing aid is put in a charger at night, and there is no need for you to open the battery door or remove the battery. This is a great option if you don’t want to deal with batteries or if you want to cut down on your waste. Even if you are currently using standard batteries, many of our most popular devices such as the Widex Evoke Fusion 2 can be turned into rechargeable hearing aids.
Keep your eyes open! There’s exciting news on the horizon from Widex. Launching summer 2019 is the new Widex Energy Cell, which will require only 20 seconds of fueling for a full 24 hours of power. For more information, click here, where you can also sign up for email alerts when the product hits the market this summer.
Want to skip batteries altogether? The audiologists at Audiological Consultants of Atlanta fit the Lyric hearing aid, the only FDA approved extended-wear hearing aid. With this device, there’s no need to change batteries. At each of your appointments, one of our providers will remove the old device and replace it with a new one, giving you access to hearing 24/7.