Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Audigy Group Hearing Aid Batteries: My Review

When I bought my hearing aids through my audiologist, they threw in three years of free hearing aid batteries. This is awesome. Batteries cost so much, and naturally my "stock" of 675 batteries had turned useless since my new aids take 312s. The doc started me out with Energizer batteries, which lasted a couple days at most, then started giving me Rayovac Proline batteries. I loved those; they lasted me a week or so at a time.

My audiologist recently switched brands so now I'm getting "Audigy Group" batteries. Audigy Group is a member owned audiologist organization. Now, these batteries are distributed by Audigy Group but I can't tell who manufactures them. There is no logo on the packaging. It may be Energizer, because I've found a few websites that list Energizer as being linked to Audigy Group, but if it is, they're not making it obvious.

Now for my take on these Audigy Group batteries. I haven't noticed any decrease in battery life. I am getting between 5-7 days of life out of them, and that's fine, about what the Rayovac Prolines did. No complaints there.

Unfortunately, I do have a complaint about the packaging. If you are a hearing aid user I'm sure you're familiar with typical hearing aid battery packaging. The batteries are usually in a plastic case with a strip on each battery. Removing the strip activates the battery, and also provides an easy way to put the battery in the aid without getting your skin oils all over the battery.

This is the front of the Audigy Group battery packaging:


And the back. You can see it's got a "flower petal" design. You pull back the cardboard packaging to see black plastic.


You have to pull at the black plastic to see the battery:


You can see the battery is clinging to the black bit. You have to pry the battery from the black plastic in order to put it in your hearing aid. Your skin oils get all over the tiny battery, and besides, good luck actually getting it off in the first place. You need two hands. Well, actually three, one to hold the package, one to hold the black plastic down and one to remove the battery.

As you can imagine, putting a battery in my hearing aids is a chore now. And I'm 23 years old with healthy hands. I would hate for an older person, a person with vision difficulties, or someone suffering from arthritis to have to deal with this kind of thing.

The audiologist asked me for feedback on the new batteries. I might just print out this blog post to show him!

13 comments:

  1. that's awesome if you're satifed with it!
    I'm more of a Durrcell and Powerone girl XD
    *Powerone is the name of the battery brand*

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  2. They sound like pretty good batteries if you get them free :) The packaging flower petal design is the same as the PowerOne Implant Plus batteries. The 675s are bigger, so I've never really had any problems peeling them off of the sticky backing. I usually hold the top of the package with one hand, and pull the battery with the other (using thumb and index finger), and it comes right off. Maybe the PowerOnes aren't as sticky? Interesting observations!

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  3. The best deal I have found on batteries is at Costco. My 312's last about 5-7 days just like yours. Simpler packaging and about half the price that Walgreens, Sams and the grocery stores want for HA batteries.

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  4. The first time I changed my son's batteries I couldn't help but think how the elderly are able to get those tiny things out and put them in. I had no idea that the oils from your hand are bad for batteries. No one ever said anything about that. I'd absolutely love some more of these tips that must be obvious to seasoned hearing aid wearer!

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  5. I AM DEAF. I WHEAR AN COCHEAR IMPLANT IT TAKE 3-675 BATTIRES. THE FUNNY THING DURRAL CELL LAST 2.5 HOURS WICH IS 1 DAY AND 5 HOURS THEN DEATH ENGERICEZER IS DEATH IN 24 HOURS AND I USED
    POWERONE PLUS FROM COCHEAR WITH POWER PLUSE IT LAST 4 TO 7 DAYS. 1 PACKAS COST 12.50 FOR 6 OF THEM GUSS WHO PAYS FOR A BOX OF 50? MEDCARE..... THAT GREAT AND IT GO ALL THE WAY FOR A MOTHLY.. THANKS ..

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  6. Very nice and creative. Where can I get one for my sister? buy hearing aids boston ma

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  7. They looked like good batteries for my hearing aids! I would love t try them!

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  8. They are powerone batteries the agx i just the private label they are no different then buying the batteries straight from the distributor

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  9. Great post. Very informative.

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  11. My problem with the newer batteries of this type is that they are harder to get at than the ones with the loose tabs. The new ones that are attached until you remove the battery from the tab, instead of removing the tab from the battery are a pain, and you cannot take just 2 batteries with you.

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  12. As per my view I think, Zinc is the best hearing battery. Because this is the powerful and long life.
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  13. The amount of time that your hearing aids are “on” each day is probably the most important factor that affects battery life. Someone who wears their hearing aids for 8 hours each day will use more batteries than someone who wears hearing aid out to dinner only. It should also be noted that how you store your hearing aids is also very important, i.e. if you open the battery door after you take them out of your ears you will save power because the hearing aid will not have power.
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