Sylvia: I hear that hearing aid batteries cost a fortune. Is that true?
John Thistle BC-HIS: This is a common misconception. On average our patient’s pay $83.20 per year for batteries between two hearing aids. There are a variety of different batteries available, all varying qualities. One of the largest factors in the battery is the quality of metals that are used. Many batteries make use of lesser purity metals to keep their cost down. The downside of this is that a battery requires a highly sensitive chemical reaction to create the proper charge. Lower quality components result in a less stable battery. Using poor quality batteries can cause damage to the computer chip within a hearing aid and is also more apt to leak inside the hearing aid which will damage components. This is why we only offer the highest quality batteries which are recommended by the manufacturers themselves. Even using the highest quality battery, it should cost no more than $41.60 per device per year.
Many of our patients take advantage of rechargeable options which are available. Rechargeability is a fantastic option for anyone who doesn’t want to be bothered with weekly battery changes or for someone who has arthritic fingers. If you’re interested in discussing rechargeability, be sure to ask your provider if the batteries are able to be replace in-house to keep costs low.
Here are a couple quick facts for you regarding hearing aid batteries:
- When you remove the sticker from the back of a new battery, use your finger to rub any adhesive off and let the battery sit for one minute before putting it in the hearing aid. Failure to let it sit will result in a shorter battery life.
- All batteries (including hearing aid batteries) are considered hazardous waste and should not be disposed of in your regular garbage. Instead, they should be collected and put to the curb twice a year on the designated battery pickup days or they can be brought in to our office. We also accept your used household batteries.
- In January 2016, all hearing aid batteries sold within Canada are required to have no more than 0.0005% of the total weight contain mercury.
- New hearing aid batteries should be stored at room temperature in a dark dry location. Your sock drawer is a great spot!
- An easy way to track battery life is to place the sticker from a new battery on today’s date on your calendar.
If you have any questions regarding hearing aid batteries, or any other hearing related matters you can always call us at 905-446-4327 or drop in. We’re located directly across from Foodland and have lots of free parking available.