One of the most frustrating things that can happen is when your hearing aid device flashes the low battery sign. This is especially the case if you feel like this is happening all of the time. This is why it is important to get to the bottom of why your batteries are draining so quickly. With that being said, below, we are going to take a look at the number of different factors that can have an impact on the life of your hearing aid batteries

  • If your hearing aids incorporate tinnitus technology: The first factor that can have an influence on your hearing aid batteries and how long they last are the technology that is included. Tinnitus is a condition that can be an ongoing bother for a lot of people. Today, hearing aid devices will tend to include tinnitus technology that is designed to help give people relief from the symptoms of tinnitus. This is usually done through the use of sounds to mask these symptoms. So, if you have a hearing aid that helps with tinnitus, this can cause the battery life to drain quickly because you are essentially adding to the overall workload of the device. 
  • What you do with your hearing devices: At their simplest, hearing devices provide you with the chance to hear lost frequencies more effectively. When cool capabilities are added, such as wireless streaming of movies, music and phone calls, you can also increase the drain on the battery. Wireless streaming can also enhance the drain rate by as much as 300%. Moreover, if you utilize looping technology or FM, you may see a 100% increase in drain rates. 
  • How often hearing aids are used: Aside from the two factors that have been discussed so far, you also need to consider how often the hearing aids are used. Just like your mobile phone battery drains – the more you use social media apps and text, the more your phone battery will drain – your hearing aid batteries will drain when you use your hearing device more. Specifically, the number of days and hours you use your hearing devices play into how long you are able to go before you will need to charge your batteries again.
  • Your hearing loss: Your hearing loss is another factor to take into consideration. The greater your hearing loss is, the stronger the application the hearing devices are going to need to provide. The faster your battery will drain if your hearing devices are working harder to provide amplification. 
  • Remembering to take your hearing batteries out at night: A lot of people forget to take the batteries out of their hearing aids at night. This is an easy mistake to make. However, if you leave your batteries in your hearing devices when you are not wearing them, you will drain the life of your batteries quicker. Remember to make sure you do not forget to remove your batteries overnight or whenever your hearing aid device is not in use. 
  • The weather: Finally, the weather must also be taken into consideration. As the season changes, and cold and hot temperatures are brought in, as well as snow or humidity, your hearing device batteries may not function in the same way. For instance, when there is high humidity, this can cause moisture problems that can result in leakage, swelling and drained battery life. On the other hand, low humidity can cause battery life drainage because it can dry out the batteries. You also need to consider temperatures. High temperatures can impact battery performance when humidity is greater than 50% and temperatures begin to hit between 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, low temperatures can shorten the life of the battery, resulting in voltage can dip and deplete a lot earlier, especially for people who work outdoors in winter months. 

So, there you have it; some of the reasons why your hearing aid batteries may be draining quickly. Hopefully, this will help you to deduce what has gone wrong with your device. If you would like to find out more or you need further help with your hearing aid, all you need to do is get in touch with Salyer Hearing Center. There are a number of different phone numbers you can use to do so:

  • Sylva: 828-586-7474
  • Franklin: 828-524-5599
  • Murphy: 828-835-1014