When your hearing aid batteries are not in use, they may be under threat. Various environmental factors can shorten the life of your batteries. In order to avoid this problem, it is important that you know how to properly store hearing aid batteries.
Keep The Plastic Tabs On Until Ready For use
Do not remove the plastic tabs off the backs of the batteries until you are ready to use them. The hearing aid batteries are activated by air. Once the plastic tab is removed from the battery, it is active and will not last as long while being stored.
Store The Batteries At Room Temperature
Do not place your hearing aides in the fridge in order for them to last longer. This used to allow for hearing aides to last longer, but modern zinc batteries actually do not last as long if stored under refrigerated conditions. It is instead necessary to store your batteries at room temperature. Fortunately, this makes the storage of your batteries more convenient.
Keep Batteries Away From Metal Objects
Ideally, you should keep your batteries away from metal objects. These objects can potentially cause your batteries to short circuit. A common mistake is to place hearing aide batteries in your pocket with your keys and coins. Do not store your batteries in a metal container.
Keep The Batteries Dry
Keep your batteries away from humid conditions. Humidity can cause your batteries to corrode and will eventually destroy them. When you are not using your battery, it is a good idea to keep the door open to allow for the battery to air out. Also, to make sure that your hearing aids remain dry, consider purchasing a dehumidification system.
Some Batteries Are Simply Defective
Do not leave the batteries in the hearing aides when the hearing aides will not be used for a long period. Hearing aid manufacturers produce a large volume of batteries and there are occasionally batteries produced that do not work as well as they should. Fortunately, you can usually send these batteries to a manufacturer and have a replacement battery sent.
Try to use your oldest batteries first. Batteries will always wear out even if you try to take good care of them. But if you use your oldest batteries first, you will always have a spare battery. It is important to always keep extra batteries with you in case one unexpectedly dies so you are never without your hearing aides. For more information about hearing aid batteries, contact a company such as Jacobs Clinical Diagnostics.