“How to get more life out of hearing aid batteries” Boy’s Science fair project on hearing aid batteries…. By Dr. Richard Reikowski, Au.D and his son….. Family Hearing and Balance Center

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We can all learn so much from children and their creativity, ingeniousness, and all around smarts! My son mentioned to me the other day that he learned by waiting 5 minutes after taking the tab off of a hearing aid battery, that the battery life is extended nearly 30% or more. I thought wow! Not only because this caught my attention but that my son found interest in this video as much as I did!

He is always looking up cool stuff about experiments and such! He was browsing YouTube and saw a science fair project whereby a 14 year old boy found that the hearing aid battery, as used in the toys Hexbugs ….. increased in life based on the amount of time that the battery is exposed to air, which is the active agent, before their use in a device. In this case a creepy crawly bug called Hex bug. This is pretty cool!!

I used to put batteries in our patients hearing devices immediately after taking the tab off  but now try and wait 5 minutes so that the batteries can receive their most sufficient charge, via airflow through the holes in the battery. I also try and remind all patients to do this as well. Hey, who wouldn’t want more battery life!

Hey kids….keep being scientific, creative, and exploring new things!!



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  1. Jen Subotnik

    I love everything about this! I’m sure he will help a lot of people with his discovery.

    • Richard Reikowski

      Me too! I am hopeful that it will be helpful to many that use batteries for their hearing aids.

  2. Marie

    Wow! That’s pretty neat. 5 minutes. Got it.
    Those bug toys are kind of crazy!

    • Richard Reikowski

      Yes, it is neat! I think they are cool.

  3. Kristie Dannemiller-Smith

    Good for him figuring this out! I have been telling all of my patients and most of them have seen an average 1-2 days more of battery life!!

    • Richard Reikowski

      Yes, it does help by allowing more air in and longer battery life.

  4. Gail Reagan

    That’s great!! Keep experimenting and learning kids!!

    • Richard Reikowski

      Thank you Gail! I agree.

  5. Joanne Upton

    This is awesome – was very curious about what size battery he used for his bugs and of course those that wear hearing aids knew the Orange ones!!! Size 13. Have done experiments with regular size AA batteries because my kids went thru them like crazy and the Duracell do last longer than other brands.

    • Richard Reikowski

      Thanks Joanne! I am thinking size #13. Orange.

  6. Amy

    Smart kid!

    • Richard Reikowski

      Yes, he sure is a smart kid!

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