In many of today’s hearing devices, button-style batteries are used to ensure optimum performance. Hearing aid batteries use zinc air technology which allows for a high energy output and larger capacity than conventional alkaline button batteries given their size.
There are typically several factors which influence how long your hearing aid batteries last for:
When first removed from the packet, hearing aid batteries come with an activation sticker/tab which covers air holes at the top of the battery. Once this sticker is removed, the battery will be activated so remember to only remove it just before you need to insert it into your hearing device.
Storing new and used batteries in a secure place is extremely important. Because of their size, hearing aid batteries should always be kept out of reach of children and pets as they can be a choking hazard or cause burns internally. Also remember to store batteries separate from oral medications to reduce the risk of accidental ingestion. When you change your batteries, immediately place the used batteries in a child-proof container and bring them to a local recycling center (do not throw them in the bin or leave them lying around). For places near you to recycle all batteries, visit recyclingnearyou.com.au/batteries.
Should a person or pet accidentally swallow any type of battery, seek immediate medical assistance by taking them to the nearest Emergency Medical Department (or vet). If possible, bring the battery packaging along with you. For more information, you can call the Poisons Information Center on 13 11 26.
Running low on hearing aid batteries? The Sydney Hearing Services clinics has access to all hearing aid battery sizes available in store for purchase or available through the post (additional postage cost may apply).
If you’re sick and tired of having to change batteries at all, contact the clinic to hear about our new range of rechargeable hearing aids with up to 5 years of battery life.