We are frequently asked by customers for advice on which hearing aid battery to choose. At HearingDirect, we offer four brands of hearing aid batteries all at very competitive prices; Rayovac, Panasonic, PowerOne and Duracell. They are at different prices but all feature commonality in the size of battery they offer – namely size 10, 312, 13 and 675. Our prices start from just £1.49 for six cells up to £2.79 for six cells. So how does one go about choosing between them? As with many things, with choice comes some degree of education required to make the right one. This blog helps identify the key differences between the brands and perhaps will help you make a more informed choice.
Rayovac Batteries: This battery brand has a good reputation for providing quality batteries at a very affordable price – it is our cheapest battery but also our most popular as it provides a consistent performance.
Panasonic Batteries: The brand name is well known within the world of electronics manufacture and as such they insist on the same quality of production when looking at hearing aid batteries. It is fair to say, however, that it is not their core area for development and as such we are not sure the prices charged are reflective of the required improvement of performance over the Rayovac battery.
PowerOne Batteries: This battery brand has a significant vote of confidence as the brand of choice for the National Health Service. Having reviewed all the battery brands in the market place, the NHS would appear to see this brand as having the right balance of performance and price (as they are issued free of charge to users of NHS hearing aids price is a significant factor).
Duracell Batteries: World renowned for dedicated production of batteries manufactured to the highest quality, this brand of battery rightly carries a premium. In independent tests, it has proven to outlast other brands of battery and has the best anti-corrosion properties of all batteries (pretty important for something used in a damp environment).
In our opinion, if you are looking for something to suit the pocket then you should look no further than the Rayovac battery. If you are looking for maximum performance in an overall sense then Duracell would be the option to go for.
It may be an interesting exercise to establish a small test of your own by trying a packet of each and judging for yourself in terms of battery life and reliability; we would love to hear from you if you do and we can feature your feedback in the next blog on the subject. In the meantime, feel free to call us for further advice on battery choice and do bear in mind that different hearing aids and the circumstances in which they are typically used does have a significant impact on the battery life one might expect.