Hearing aid maintenance: How to change the batteries in your device
Nov 26, 2012 in Hearing Aids
When it comes to wearing hearing aids from day to day there are a number of things to be aware of and one of the most important parts is changing the batteries.
Obviously without doing this, you'll run out of power, but it's not quite the same as changing the batteries in a TV remote or some other ordinary household item because hearing aids are highly-tuned pieces of kit.
While they have become more commonplace in the UK over recent decades, they still need to be treated with a good deal of respect to avoid damaging them.
Action On Hearing Loss states that "it is important that you look after your hearing aids and clean them regularly".
"This will prolong its life and make sure it is in good working order when you come to use it," the charity says.
So, what do you need to do when changing the batteries in your hearing aid? Here's a step-by-step guide.
First of all, when you start to hear a regular beeping noise within your device, it's most likely that you are running out of power and from here, it's best to switch off straight away.
Then you can start the battery replacement process by locating the right compartment, releasing the clip and then removing the batteries.
Ensure you have the right size batteries for the aid, insert them in the right way around and then test the device out for a few minutes with different sounds and pitches to make sure you can continue to hear properly.
Chances are you will need to replace the batteries in your hearing aid every ten to 14 days so it may be worth keeping a diary or a schedule so you don't get caught out and lose power when you need it most.
Another top hearing aid tip is to keep some batteries on you at all times just in case while also ensuring you are proficient at changing them should you need to.