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Debunking 7 Popular Hearing Loss and Hearing Aid Myths

by rayovac25, August 2016

Hearing Aid MythsIn May, we spoke about hearing aid innovations with Denis Carpenter, the director of technology, who has worked with Rayovac for 37 years. He expressed that many people still have misconceptions about hearing aids and hearing loss in general. Helping people hear is an important Rayovac commitment, and we want to clear up any common misconceptions about hearing aids, hearing aid batteries and hearing loss.

Myth 1: Only the elderly have hearing problems

Truth: Hearing loss can affect anyone at any point in their life. About 48 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss, and more than 10 million people in the United States have permanent hearing loss from loud noises. Another 30 million Americans are exposed to harmful noise levels every day. And although the generalization that hearing loss is an elderly problem has some merit, because one out of three 65 year olds has a hearing impairment, this ailment is far more widespread than a single demographic. Roughly 30 percent of Americans between ages 50 and 59 have some degree of hearing impairment, and about 5.2 million children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years old have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from excessive noise exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Myth 2: Hearing aids always restore full hearing

Truth: Hearing loss is unique to each person, and the amount of hearing that hearing aids can restore is unique to each user, too. Hearing aids are not like glasses, which can often restore a wearer’s vision back to “perfect.” The amount of hearing someone regains depends on the extent of their hearing loss, and the type of device they use. Perhaps for one person the restored hearing is the equivalent of perfect, but for someone else the device just lets them hear a bit better than before. However, this gap is narrowing. New hearing aid devices are getting better and better, year after year. And as the devices become better, so will the restoration possibilities people can tap into.

Myth 3: Loud noise is the only cause of hearing loss

Truth: Loud noise is the most common cause of hearing loss, but it’s not the only cause. There are many other contributors, including aging, a poor diet, diabetes, genetics, medication side effects, smoking and trauma. All of these conditions break down and destroy the hair cells in the inner ear, which are what transmits soundwaves to the brain. We’re born with a specific amount of these hair cells, and once they’re damaged or destroyed it permanently affects our hearing capabilities.

Myth 4: Hearing aids let in too much excess noise

Truth: When hearing aids transitioned from analog devices to digital ones, engineers gained the option to acutely modify incoming sound and how those noises are transmitted to the ear. This sound manipulation comes with more sophisticated directional microphones that can automatically amplify some sounds, while muffling or muting others. Let’s say a child is genetically hearing impaired and a sound wave enters her ear. The device interacts with the soundwave and an algorithm determines the noise is too quiet and it needs to be made louder so she can hear it. Analog devices could accomplish this amplification. However, analog aids increased the volume of everything, which made it more painful her already-loud sounds. The solution is eliminating excess background noise and programming hearing aids to siphon the important noises to the forefront. So contrary to the myth, modern devices actually handle excess background noise very well.

Myth 5: You should store your hearing aid batteries in the refrigerator

Truth: Hearing aid batteries should be stored at room temperature.  Like alkaline batteries, storing a zinc air battery in the refrigerator may actually harm the battery. The zinc air battery has holes in the top to allow maximum airflow, and if you put them in the refrigerator then condensation forms on the battery casing and moisture drips into the air holes. The moisture fills up the battery which ultimately can lead to premature battery failure.

Myth 6: A Hearing Aid Battery’s life is the same for everyone

Truth: Much like hearing aid performance and hearing restoration, hearing aid battery life is different for everyone. Many factors affect how long a hearing aid battery will last including battery size, aid usage, type of device, temperature, humidity and more.  To learn more about to get optimal hearing aid battery performance, visit our hearing aid battery facts page.

Myth 7: You can put your hearing aid battery in the device right after it’s un-tabbed

Truth: You should let you hearing aid battery sit un-tabbed for one minute before placing it into your hearing aid.  This step allows air to enter which is critical for use. The hearing aid battery is activated when the zinc within the battery mixes with the air from the environment. To learn more about hearing health, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries, visit Rayovac’s hearing aid resource center.

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Clear Sound Technology – Advancing the Power of Hearing™

by rayovac2, November 2015

Use this as a reminder to find a store and pick up some high tech Rayovac school supplies!

Rayovac’s Clear Sound Technology provides consistent, quality performance through the whole life of the battery. The improved cell design provides more days of life for advanced device functionality and the reduction of those annoying early low battery tones.* 

Clear Sound Technology provides:

  1. Power On Demand – Improved cell design delivers higher voltage for high-tech applications*  
  2. Consistent Battery Life – High tech formula provides clear sound and a reliable experience in everyday use
  3. Improved Durability - Dispensing sealant where it matters most provides extended shelf life and stability in extreme conditions*  More...

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Hearing Health Review: Music By Generation

by rayovac26, May 2015

Advocate lowering decibel levels when using accessories like ear buds and headphones!

This story begins in the early 1980’s when teens of generation X were exploring the world of music louder than ever before. Portable music had been around for decades thanks to the 8-track and cassette players, but children of the 80’s kicked the volume up a notch – with amplified music right by the ear. The Boombox had arrived and music was now amplified to a decibel level that the entire block could hear. It was evident that hearing health had taken a back seat.

Fast-forward to 2015 and you’ll find a new generation with a similar attitude in regards to hearing health. The latest must-have music accessories include ear buds and noise canceling headphones. When enjoyed in moderation these accessories can be a unique way to experience music. Unfortunately, the term moderation is rarely practiced by today’s youth. The alarming trend is to experience music at the loudest volume with little concern for the consequences. And if they’re not careful, soon they’ll need a hearing aid powered by Rayovac hearing aid batteries.   More...

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Your Great Grandmother's Battery for Hearing Aid: Not So Much Anymore

by rayovac18, February 2013

If you've had a hearing aid for a while, you know that hearing aid technology just keeps getting better. The same holds true for all battery for hearing aid devices. No more mercury, for one thing, and longer and longer life. Yet not every hearing aid battery or cochlear battery is built the same. The battery you choose – and how you care for it – makes a noticeable difference.

Hearing aid battery 10, 13, 312, 675 are the most commonly used. Experience new technology by choosing one of our zinc-air varieties. They use air from outside the battery as a power source, giving you clearer tones and fewer volume adjustments. With a zinc-air battery, you won’t be fiddling behind your ear with every setting or scene change. In addition to longer battery life, there will be no more “what's that you say?” And a lot less “huhs” and “whatsats.”

Since they're so darn tiny, there's a temptation to pop spare batteries in your pocket or purse. You know the general advice when it comes to temptations: Resist! That's because metal objects such as coins and keys can short out batteries. Also, be mindful of the temperatures where you store your hearing aid battery or cochlear battery, because extreme heat or cold can do a number on battery life and efficacy. Yes, that means glove compartments are probably not a good idea either. Room temperatures are your best bet – but make sure you store these and any other button batteries out of reach of curious tots who could swallow them.

Great Grandma didn't have the choices you have today when it came to her battery for hearing aid power. Take advantage, take care, and live your life without your mind on that little thing with big power in your ear!

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“Go Green” with Your Next Hearing Aid Battery

by rayovac18, February 2013

Need a new battery for your hearing aid? Wondering about the quality of the mercury-free varieties on the market? Mercury-free batteries possess the same reliable power and performance as their less-green predecessors but with the added value of contributing to a cleaner environment. A “green” hearing aid battery does more than just keep mercury out of landfills. They also help customers comply with newly enacted legislation that has banned mercury-containing button batteries.

What's the Mercury Fuss All About?

Every discarded battery that isn’t mercury-free contributes to an unsafe environment. When a tossed-out battery begins to degrade, the mercury it contains will seep into the ground. That tiny bit of mercury will then combine with mercury seepage from other decomposing batteries. Eventually, the accumulation can creep into our drinking water and contaminate neighboring lakes and streams. Other disturbing results include the death of wildlife and deformities it can create in their offspring. More...

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