There’s nothing more frustrating than to be in the middle of a great conversation and the battery in your hearing aids start to lose power. When your batteries die, holding a conversation and understanding what is being said can be nearly impossible – depending on the severity of the hearing loss.
Today, we are going to take a look at Duracell Activair Hearing Aid Batteries and see how these batteries stack up and whether or not they’re reliable and have a good lifespan.
Without further ado, let’s look at the batteries.
When you’re looking at hearing aid batteries, it’s important to note that you need to buy the battery size that is compatible with your hearing aid, as larger aids need larger batteries. Right now, there are 5 different sizes currently available on the market. For today’s review, we are going to look at the Duracell Activair Hearing Aid Batteries in size 312.
Notable features of the Duracell Activair Hearing Aid Batteries include:
The 312 size batteries are 7.9 mm wide by 3.6 mm high and features an extra-long brown label, which makes it easier for people with arthritic hands and/or large hands to handle the battery without fear of losing it.
The packaging the batteries come in is slim and compact, so you can tuck the pack in a pocket, your purse, or keep a packet in your desk without anyone needing to know.
These batteries can last up anywhere from 3 to 10 days before they lose power. However, it’s important to note if your batteries aren’t lasting as long as they should, it could be because there is a problem with the hearing aid itself.
Sadly, these batteries are not rechargeable, so you will have to always buy new batteries. Fortunately, when you buy this product, you’re going to get 80 batteries, which is more than enough for several months before needing to repurchase.
At the time of this review, the vast majority of customers who have purchased and used these batteries have had great things to say about them. Customers report that they have never experienced situations where they reached for a fresh battery and it did not work.
One person did mention that because these batteries are zinc air, that means that once you pull off the extra long tab, you need to let the battery “breathe” for a moment before closing the door to the hearing aid.
The reason behind this is these batteries use oxygen as a cathode. The surface of the battery features tiny holes you cannot see with the naked eye. These holes allow for oxygen to enter the battery and activate the zinc inside.
If you do close the door too quickly and the battery doesn’t work, open the door again and wait a few moments – the battery should start working.
Although most customers who left reviews of this product had great things to say, we wanted to touch on some of the complaints people have had as well. The most common complaint people had was that they received bad batteries.
One customer said that of the 30 batteries they tried, most of them were bad. The customer went on to say that some of the batteries lasted only a minute while others lasted as long as 30 minutes.
Other customer supported this claim and stated they’ve found more duds in their pack of 80 then they found working batteries. This person went on to say that they purchased these batteries in 2016 and with a 2019 expiration date, there shouldn’t be that many bad batteries in the pack.
Yet another customer lamented that the batteries they’ve received only seemed to have half charge, stating that when they put fresh batteries into their hearing aids, the battery would die by the end of the day.
Did you know that there is about 466 million (1) people around the world who suffers from hearing loss? Of those, a heartbreaking 34 million of those people are children. Even though those are some alarming statistics, that doesn’t mean every one of those individuals cannot hear. Thankfully, people can get fitted for hearing aids.
Today, we talked about the Duracell Activair Hearing Aid Batteries and we learned that these batteries feature a long tab that makes it easier for the batteries to be handled. We also learned from a reviewer that if you close the lid to the hearing aid too quickly, the battery (which requires oxygen to activate the zinc power cell) will not work as it should.
It is true that some customers did have a few problems with the batteries. Namely, the majority of the batteries they received didn’t work or they didn’t have a charge.
Since these instances were a small fraction of reviews, we believe it may have been a case of improper storage of those batteries, or the customer may not have known about the battery’s need to “breathe” before use.
Whatever the case may be, we feel that these batteries are a great product that’s worth the purchase. Not only do you get 80 batteries (which is enough to last several months, if not longer!), but the pack the batteries comes in is compact enough to take with you in a purse or your pocket, so you can replace the batteries whenever you need to.
When it comes to reliability, affordability, and a name you can trust, you can’t go wrong with Duracell.