The batteries are air-activated, which means they do not begin working until the coloured tab is removed and air is able to enter the battery cell. Remove and discard the tab only when you are ready to use the battery. There is no need to place the tab back on the battery.
Disposable zinc air batteries come in four sizes and are colour coded to help you remember the right size.
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How long a hearing aid’s battery lasts depends on several factors, first of which is the battery size. Small discreet hearing aids require a smaller battery with a shorter expected life. The smallest is size 10, which with typical use will last between 3-4 days. On the other hand, a large loss of hearing will require a more powerful hearing aid, and therefore a larger battery is required, with size 13 batteries lasting 12-14 days and size 675 batteries used in superpower hearing aids lasting 3-4 weeks. The most common size, a 312 battery, lasts around 7-9 days.
It is important to keep in mind that hearing aids are miniaturized computers making thousands of calculations every second, and then amplifying the processed sound into the ear. The more advanced features that are activated, such as wireless connectivity, the faster the battery drain.
A very steady voltage is required and so Zinc-Air batteries are used, which are very different than most other batteries used around the home. Once the sticker is removed from the battery, air enters the cell and activates the current producing process. The battery will then produce voltage for a limited time, regardless of how many hours of use which is why occasional use to save battery life is often futile! Environmental factors can also reduce battery life, such as very low or very high humidity, very cold conditions, and high altitude. We recommend you keep them in a cool dry place such as a desk drawer or bedside cabinet.
To help extend the life of your hearing aid batteries, it’s important that you store them correctly prior to use. Ideally, batteries should be kept at room temperature (between 10℃ and 25℃), out of direct sunlight and away from low or high levels of humidity. We recommend that you keep your batteries in a cool, dry place such as a desk drawer or bedside cabinet.
Although it may have been common practice in the past to keep some types of batteries in the fridge, modern hearing aid batteries should not be refrigerated. Doing so can cause damage to the battery.
Once your hearing aid battery runs out, look to replace it as soon as possible. Once batteries have run out of charge, they can start to swell, making it harder to remove them from the hearing aid.
As zinc air batteries are only activated once their protective coloured tabs are removed, it’s important that you do not remove the tab until you are ready to insert the battery into your hearing aid. Removing the tab too early will lead the battery to discharge power before you get to use it.
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