How long should hearing aid batteries last?
One of the questions audiologists at REM get asked the most is “how long should my hearing aid batteries last?” The answer is — it depends. Your battery life is dependent on multiple variables, such as degree of hearing loss, if your battery is powering other devices (such as Bluetooth streamers or FM receivers), and hours worn daily.
Usually, though, it’s safe to say hearing aid batteries last from 7 – 10 days. But if your use is heavy, that time could be significantly lower.
How do I know when it’s time to change batteries?
From the Starkey website: “Change your batteries if the sound becomes distorted or if you have to turn the volume up more than usual.”
Some hearing aids will beep or give a warning sound every 30 to 60 minutes before the battery needs to be changed, but older model hearing aids will simply shut off when the battery dies.
What type of batteries should I use?
Batteries are designated by a number such as 10, 312, 13, or 675. You must use the number that goes with your particular hearing aid. Generally speaking, the smallest aids run on a 10 battery while the behind the ear aids are either a 13 or 675 battery.
All batteries on the market are mercury free.
You should look for the 1.45 volt.
Make sure that once the sticker is taken off, the battery is exposed for 30 seconds before inserting in the hearing aid. The battery needs to be activated by air before insertion.
If the battery has 1.4 volts, do not purchase (1.4 is an older battery with less than efficient function).
What batteries and battery programs does REM provide?
At REM, batteries are supplied 5 years after purchase of a hearing aid under our complete hearing healthcare program. If you bought your aid elsewhere, you can ask about our comprehensive service plans, a great arrangement that could save you money in the long run.
Batteries can also be purchased in individual packs — $6.00 for a 6 pack of batteries.
If you’re not yet a patient and call for a hearing aid cleaning, you can also get a pack of batteries on us!