Hearing Aid Batteries
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Hearing aids are small high-performance computers, part of the progressive technology field. The usual choice for hearing aid batteries are the button cell batteries, a type of micro batteries. As the name might suggest, the small, round, and flat shape resembles a customary button. Whereas in the past mercury and zinc batteries were primarily used, today it is zinc-air-systems that are most popular, characterized by a longer service life.
Hearing aid batteries are mainly offered in four different sizes: 10, 312, 13, and 675. Hereby, the basic rule of thumb applies: The bigger the battery, the more energy it can supply. Predetermining factors in choosing the right battery for your device are energy requirements and the design of the respective hearing aid.
How do hearing aid batteries work?
Zinc-air-systems function according to a simple basic principle: Air penetrates into the casing through perforations on the battery surface and reacts with the contained zinc to produce zinc oxide. The result of this chemical reaction is energy, accounting for the necessary current supply. In order for this reaction to occur only when the hearing aid batteries are in use, the perforations are factory-sealed with a colorful protective film.
This prevents air from entering through the perforations and reacting with the zinc. After removing the film and inserting the batteries into the hearing aid, there can be a delay depending on the particular battery used, until energy supply is ensured. Once the film is removed, even repositioning cannot prevent the normal self-discharge. Hence, it is recommended to activate the hearing aid battery only when it is actually supposed to be used.
Hearing aids with rechargeable batteries have been around for a long while and they are an easy option compared to repeatedly purchasing new ones. Buying new ones can cost a lot in the long term. If you ever run out of batteries, then you have to wait until you buy new ones before using your hearing device. Rechargeable ones ensure you can charge them at night while you’re not using your hearing aids. Then put the batteries back in the morning and use the devices as usual.