Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries come in different sizes and capacities. A color-coded system is used to help identify the correct type for a specific hearing aid. Bowles Hearing Care Services, PC helps users find the right batteries for their device. Having backup batteries is recommended so that there is no downtime in device usage.
Orange (#13), brown (#312), yellow (#10) and blue (#675) are the four main battery types. Compatibility information for specific hearing aids can be found in the battery compartment, manual and on the original packaging. Inserting the wrong battery could cause damage to your device or malfunction, which is why it’s important to understand what power solution your hearing aid needs.
- Orange batteries are used with behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-ear (ITE) devices
- Brown batteries are used with ITE and in-the-canal (ITC) devices
- Yellow batteries are common, and mostly used with ITC and completely-in-canal (CIC) devices
- Blue batteries are large and used with BTE devices
Rechargeable batteries add a layer of convenience to owning a hearing aid. Instead of swapping out batteries when they die, hearing aid owners can use charging stations or docks to replenish energy. Just like cell phones, charging times vary based on the manufacturer, device type and accessories being used.
There are a few medical reasons that make rechargeable batteries the obvious choice for arthritis users with hearing loss. And with the cost savings of not having to buy new batteries, rechargeable options become even more attractive.
The hearing health professionals at Bowles Hearing Care Services, PC can help you find the right solution to power your devices. We will discuss all the pros and cons of both disposable and rechargeable technology with you to ensure you get the best product for your specific needs.
Battery care and maintenance
Maintaining your hearing aid batteries can help you get the most power and life for your devices. Keep batteries out of direct sunlight, and store them in a cool, dry place. Storing in extreme temperatures will degrade the life of the battery, even if it is not activated. Never activate a zinc-air battery until it is ready to be used. Once the tab is removed, the battery needs to be placed in the compartment.