“How do I change the batteries in my hearing aids?” If you’re wearing new hearing aids, this question may have popped into your head. Or perhaps you’ve had your hearing aids a while and would like a “battery change refresher.” We’re glad to help!
- Obtain the correct battery type for your hearing aid model (size 10, 13, 312 or 675).
- When it’s time for a change (but not before!), remove the sticky tab on the new battery.
- Wait a minute or two before inserting the new battery — this gives it time to absorb oxygen and activate.
- Locate and open the battery door; there’s usually a notch to press or lever to pull.
- After removing the old battery, insert the new battery, making sure the flat (“+”) side is facing up. If you’ve inserted it incorrectly, the battery door will not close easily (or at all).
- Close the battery door completely.
- Properly dispose of the old batteries; many places, such as electronics retailers, pharmacies or your hearing healthcare provider, will recycle spent batteries.
Hearing aid battery tips
- Buy an extra pack or two of batteries, and keep one with you, so you don’t get caught with a dead hearing aid when you’re out and about.
- Place a towel on the surface where you’re changing the battery; this helps prevent dropped batteries from bouncing to the floor.
- To ensure longer battery life, open the battery door when your hearing aids aren’t in use, and store them in a dry place at room temperature.
- See your hearing healthcare professional if you have any trouble changing batteries.
Lastly, if you’d like to avoid the hassle of battery changes altogether, a growing number of hearing aid models now feature rechargeable power sources. Simply place the devices in a charger overnight to enjoy a full day of listening. Ask your provider about your rechargeable options.