Alma *Tap Tap* check your battery!! Who remembers this scene in Sister Act 2, Starring Whoopi Goldberg as Sister Deloris? If you don’t, check out the photo at the bottom of this blog to help jog your memory. It’s a classic film from the 90s that never gets old. As a child, this movie was an all time favorite. In fact, you could catch me watching it at least once a week. I would sing and dance all throughout the house, I’m sure I drove my parents absolutely nuts! On top of that, I used to yell “Alma (while stomping my foot on the ground) check your battery!!” when my grandfather’s hearing aid battery would go dead. I thought it was being funny, turns out my grandfather was never impressed when I gave him a hard time about his hearing aid batteries. He still loved me though.
Now as an Audiologist, I see this scene with Sister Alma differently. Sure, I chuckle. But it resonates all too well given that I work with patients who wear hearing aids and cochlear implants and rely on a working battery to get access to sound.
Below are some helpful tips and tricks for battery use!
Did you know that you could test your battery by simply dropping it on a table? If your battery bounces it’s likely dead or near the end of its life. If it does not bounce, your battery is still good.
Most batteries are zinc air batteries, meaning they need oxygen to function. Hearing aid batteries come with a sticker tab, do not pull that tab until you are ready to use it. This will ensure longer battery life
Once upon a time people thought refrigerating your batteries would get you longer shelf life. This isn’t true. Store them at room temperature for the best shelf life.
Did you know batteries have an expiration date? Check the back of the battery pack for an expiration date to ensure you are purchasing fresh batteries.
If you plan to take a break from your hearing aids, be sure to open the battery door and take the battery out. This will help prevent corrosion build up and keep your hearing aids in good condition.
Did you know batteries are toxic? If a battery is accidentally swallowed contact The National Battery Ingestion Hotline at 800-498-8666 immediately.
A newer feature in hearing aids is rechargeable batteries. If you are due for an upgrade in technology, contact us at West River ENT for a hearing aid consult to see if you are an appropriate candidate for rechargeable hearing aids.
Lastly, stop by West River ENT if you are running low on batteries. We have a large stock of all battery sizes and we keep a fresh supply! Each sleeve of batteries in only $5 for purchase.
P.S. If you’ve never seen Sister Act or Sister Act 2, rent them this weekend, you won’t be disappointed!