Being able to keep in touch and communicate with one another is so important. As we are all being asked to spend more time apart, to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) you may be thinking about your hearing aid battery supply and how to get the most from your batteries.
RAYOVAC® is committed to providing our hearing aid battery customers with the power to hear more. To this end, we have put together some answers to questions that our customers are asking.
How can I make my hearing aid batteries last longer?
With encouragement to visit stores as little as possible during this period, you may be wondering whether your hearing aid batteries are lasting for as long as they could be. There are a number of Factors affecting hearing aid battery life.
- The size of the battery – the larger the battery the longer it will last, with the size depending on which hearing aid you have.
- Battery freshness – a fresher battery will provide you with more power for longer. Make sure that you check the best before date on your batteries.
- The extent of your hearing loss – the more severe your hearing loss, the more power your hearing aid will need.
- How much you use your hearing aid – the more you use your hearing aid the faster your battery will drain.
- The environment –Extremes of temperature and humidity (for example in the bathroom) can reduce battery life. By storing your batteries in a cool, dry place (but not in the refrigerator) you will help preserve their power for longer.
Please see our FAQ below on where to buy batteries, should you be unable to visit your usual supplier due to COVID -19 restrictions.
How should I store my spare hearing aid batteries?
Stocking up on hearing aid batteries? Make sure your store them correctly to ensure they last as long as possible. An unused battery (stored with the tab intact) will typically use less than 10% of its charge per year. By keeping track of your usage and making sure to use older batteries first, you can ensure that you have what you need without over-stocking and avoid reduced performance.Our tips for hearing aid battery storage include:
- Store batteries in a cool, dry place to maximise their shelf-life (never in the refrigerator)
- Keep batteries in their packaging, with the tabs on
- If you do need to remove batteries from their packaging use a battery caddy to prevent loss and damage
- Keep batteries safely out of the reach of children
My audiology practice is closed, where can I buy hearing aid batteries during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?
Many of RAYOVAC®’s audiology customers are still able to supply their customers with hearing aid batteries online, even when practices are shut for face-to-face appointments. We recommend that you contact your audiology practice online or by telephone in the first instance, to see whether they can supply you with batteries.
If you are having trouble getting hearing aid batteries from your audiologist or regular supplier, you may be be glad to hear that you can get RAYOVAC® EXTRA™ hearing aid batteries delivered to your home from a range of online retailers.
To find a supplier, search for ‘Rayovac EXTRA’ Hearing Aid Batteries online. Some supermarkets and pharmacies may also have a stock of hearing aid batteries.
I can’t get hold of my usual brand of hearing aid battery – can I switch to RAYOVAC®?
Yes, there are 4 standard sizes of hearing aid battery and, as long as you use the correct battery size, brands are interchangeable.
RAYOVAC® hearing aid batteries are available in the following sizes
- Size 675 blue tab
- Size 13 orange tab
- Size 312 brown tab
- Size 10 yellow tab
You can find which type of battery your device requires by referring to your hearing device manufacturer’s manual or looking at your current hearing aid battery packaging.
What steps can I take to keep my hearing aid batteries out of reach of children
Small children have a habit of putting things in their mouths. With many schools closed and health services under pressure during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic it is even more important to protect young children from risks associated with swallowing hearing aid batteries.
Some steps you can take include:
- Warning children and other adults in your home of the dangers of swallowing batteries
- Making sure batteries are kept out of sight and reach of children at all times
- Never let a child play with a hearing aid or batteries
RAYOVAC® hearing aid batteries are mercury free, making them safer if accidently swallowed. They do however contain zinc, and you should seek immediate medical advice should they be consumed.