When you or a loved one experiences hearing loss, there are lots of decisions to make. The Hearing Care Shop’s audiologist ensures he’s up to date with the latest hearing aid technology and still see’s clients daily, providing not only his expert advice but ensuring he’s hands on with fitting and adjusting hearing aids to best meet a client’s needs.
One decision you may not have thought about is whether or not to get a new hearing aid without batteries. Here are some points to consider as you make your decision:
Batteries can be hard to handle
Hearing aid batteries are extremely small. If you have arthritis, dexterity or vision problems, changing hearing aid batteries presents a significant challenge. This can also be a problem for those suffering from dementia or severe mobility issue.
Hearing aid batteries are dangerous if ingested
Particularly if you have pets or small children, keeping and changing these button batteries in a safe location is extremely important. There are thousands of cases each year of people ingesting batteries, and the result can be catastrophic. Last year The Sydney Morning Herald reported an average of 20 Australian children visit emergency rooms for this reason each week. Ingesting a battery, whether new or used, creates a life-threatening situation for people and animals.
Batteries don’t last long
If you are using standard hearing aids, battery management will become part of your regular routine. While fairly inexpensive, batteries need changing frequently. Hearing aid batteries last between 4 to 12 days, depending on the brand and style of your hearing aid, in addition to the size of the battery.
Improper disposal of batteries is hazardous to the environment
Batteries are actually considered hazardous waste. The outer casing that seals harmful chemicals inside gets crushed or degrades once batteries are in a landfill. Mercury, nickel, cadmium, cobalt and lead, chemicals often found in batteries, seep into water, soil, and air causing health problems for people and animals. Visit Clean Up Australia for more information and to find out how you can recycle batteries properly.
Whether to get standard or rechargeable hearing aids depends upon your unique situation and lifestyle.
To get support with this decision and any other hearing aid related advice, contact The Hearing Care Shop today.