With all the different styles and brands of hearing aids today, you might think there are an equally large variety of batteries to power them. The good news is that hearing aid manufacturers have developed a standard for all hearing aid batteries to make it as easy as possible for consumers.

While there are a few models of hearing aids that may use rechargeable or long-life batteries, the vast majority of hearing aids are powered by zinc batteries. Round button cell zinc-air batteries are the standard for all types and brands of hearing aids, whether it is behind the ear, in the canal, in the ear or any other type. The batteries come in several sizes identified by numbers and colors. That way, no matter the manufacturer of the battery, the size and color will always be the same. The most commonly used sizes and colors are:

  • 5 - red - for CICs
  • 10 - yellow - for CICs and RICs
  • 13 - orange - for BTEs and ITEs
  • 312 - brown - for mini BTEs, RICs and ITCs
  • 675 - blue - for High Power BTEs and Cochlear Implants

The batteries are activated by removing the tab and will continually provide power for about two weeks with normal use. The flat side of the battery is the positive terminal and the rounded side is the negative terminal to make it easy to insert into the hearing aid battery door.

ZPower Rechargeable Hearing AidsRechargeable Hearing Aids are now available from all major models: Starkey, Unitron, Oticon, ReSound, Widex.  Visit our blog to learn more.

Rechargeable hearing aids are eco-friendly and save money on batteries, there is a rechargeable model for all levels of hearing loss.Rechargeable hearing aids are eco-friendly and save money on batteries, there is a rechargeable model for all levels of hearing loss.

Any new hearing aid purchase will be upgraded to rechargeable, at no additional cost for a limited time.  Additional information on rechargeable hearing aids: https://zpowerhearing.com/

We are a hearing aid battery drop off site. We recycle all hearing aid batteries.  If you have questions about hearing aid batteries, contact Hearing Associates in Mason City Iowa. 


Hearing Aid Battery Recycle

Did you know your hearing loss might be causing you to miss more than you realize?
Untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation and excessive cognitive overload, which may eventually cause dementia.

A recent study at Johns Hopkins University tracked brain changes in 126 people over the course of a decade. Each participant completed a hearing test, and the results revealed 75 people with normal hearing, and 51 people with impaired hearing of at least a 25-decibel loss.

What they learned:

  • Hearing impaired participants at the start of the study had accelerated rates of brain tissue loss when compared to those with normal hearing.
  • Those with impaired hearing lost more than one additional cubic centimeter of brain tissue each year when compared to participants with normal hearing.
  • The impaired hearing group also had significantly more shrinkage in regions of the brain responsible for processing sound and speech.

Early intervention is important for treating hearing loss. By scheduling a hearing exam at one of our audiology offices in northern Iowa, you can take action against dementia and preventable brain tissue loss. Contact us today to find out how.

Wondering how to choose the right hearing aid for your hearing loss?

At Hearing Associates, serving patients in Mason City and the surrounding communities in Northern Iowa and Albert Lea, Minnesota, we know the process can be overwhelming. With the variety of makes and models of digital hearing aids available online and in large retailers, we want you to have all the information you need to choose the best hearing aids to fit your hearing, lifestyle and budget needs.

The most important factor in choosing the right hearing aid is choosing the right provider.

Many people are tempted to go with the lowest price and choose a hearing aid online, only to discover after purchase the quality of the product is not up to par. You may have saved some cash, but if the hearing aid isn’t effective, you’ve actually just wasted money. Online distributors cannot properly fit, adjust or program your hearing aids for you. They cannot offer hearing evaluations or make recommendations based on your unique hearing loss. Because you’re to test the hearing aids before purchasing online, be sure to research the refund and exchange policies.

Large chain retailers often offer discounted prices but there are drawbacks associated with purchasing hearing aids from big-box stores. The providers at these retailers do not have the amount of education and experience that you’ll find in a private practice. With restrictions on access to all of the major hearing aid manufacturers, you’re options will be limited. If they’re paid on commission, your hearing may not be their focus and they may try to oversell on hearing aids with unnecessary features and accessories. And finally, do you really want to purchase your hearing aids from the same place you’re purchasing toilet paper in bulk and an eighty ounce jar of mayonnaise?

When you seek treatment from an audiologist, like those you’ll find at Hearing Associates, you’ll receive expert advice, comprehensive testing services, and recommendations from someone with education and experience in the field of audiology.

After an interview about your medical and hearing history, we conduct a series of tests. We’ll offer treatment solutions based the results of your tests, your personal listening challenges, your lifestyle and your needs. If we determine that you’re a candidate for hearing aids, we have a wide range of makes and models for you try from the best manufacturers in the industry. As an independent practice, we have no obligations or sales quotas to meet. We’ll assist you in finding the right hearing aid, with the features to improve your quality of life through better hearing.

Now you know how to select the perfect Audiologist for your hearing needs; meet your match in Mason City or Albert Lea, Minnesota at Hearing Associates, and learn more about what an Audiologist is, and why they may be the best fit for you.

Hearing loss is caused by long-term or sudden noise exposure or damage to the auditory nerve or auditory hair cells, which results in the impaired ability to hear and understand speech. But hearing loss affects more than just your hearing; it affects your entire well-being.

Hearing loss has been linked to several life-threatening illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease. The condition can affect mental health too, often leading to depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s. And, because of the strong link between inner-ear function and balance, hearing loss puts you at risk for falls that result from dizziness and vertigo.

Hearing loss also distances you from your loved ones, making it difficult to maintain close relationships. The condition can get in the way of your career as well. You may appear incompetent to your peers when the reality is that you’re having difficulty hearing, not understanding.

All things considered, hearing loss puts you at a significant disadvantage. We offer hope and the possibility of a life free from hearing loss. Let the experienced audiologists at Hearing Associates, P.C. help you hear what you’ve been missing.

There are many misconceptions and stereotypes associated with hearing loss, often preventing those with the condition from seeking treatment.

Hearing loss

Many people believe that hearing loss is a sign of old age. The truth is that people from all walks of life are affected by hearing loss, regardless of age, gender and race. Although hearing naturally degrades over time, making it more likely to manifest itself in old age, hearing loss is not exclusive to the elderly. In fact, recent trends suggest that hearing loss is now affecting more and more younger people.

Hearing aids

A lot of people are under the impression that hearing aids don’t work, which explains why only 1 out of 5 people with hearing loss actually seeks treatment. The stigma attached to hearing aids is a result of improper fittings and outdated devices, because, with digital processing and advancements in technology, hearing aids do work. They work so well that 4 out of 5 hearing aid users say that the technology improves both their hearing and their quality of life. Those same users also claim that they would recommend hearing aids to family and friends. Do yourself a favor: don’t write off hearing aids before you’ve given them a fair chance.

Our promise to you

We aren’t going to box you in or put your entire personality into a neat category. You’re a human being, a unique individual and you deserve to be treated as such. We promise that, when you’re under our care, stereotypes and biases are thrown out the window. We start where all hearing professionals should: with you.

Schedule your appointment today to receive personalized care from our experienced audiologists.