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Rayovac Designs World’s Most Eco-Friendly Hearing Aid

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According to a research study by Gallaudet University, “Across all age groups, in the United States, approximately 1,000,000 people (0.38% of the population, or 3.8 per 1,000) over 5 years of age are “functionally deaf;” more than half are over 65 years of age.” If most of these people wear hearing aids to help improve their surrounding sounds, you can only imagine how many millions of hearing aid batteries are purchased every year.

The sad thing about hearing aid batteries is that most of them are tossed into the trash when they’re drained, ultimately winding up at a local landfill. Because many of these batteries contain the toxic element mercury, this mercury seeps into the ground and pollutes the surrounding environment.

Rayovac Hearing Aid BatteriesRayovac, a battery company that is committed to environmental sustainability, has designed a hearing aid battery that is 100% free of mercury.  Their new mercury free battery is available in your local retail store, online or from your hearing care professional.  Besides being void of the toxic element mercury, the battery also lasts up to 30% longer than other brands, and the cardboard packing it comes in is made from recycled material.

Rayovac’s belief in preserving our natural resources led it to become a sponsor of the RBRC’s (Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation) Call2Recycle program. This is the only free rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling program in North America. To date, Call2Recycle has diverted 60 million pounds of battery waste from the U.S. waste stream.

If you’re looking for a green, long-lasting hearing aid battery, you should definitely consider Rayovac!

About Trish Broome

Trish is a half Korean hip hop head who writes satire music articles on The Rap Insider and muses over culture and diversity on Mixed Nation. In her spare time you can find her eating kimchi or tweeting at @TheGreenGroove.

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4 thoughts on “Rayovac Designs World’s Most Eco-Friendly Hearing Aid

  1. Best buy recycles your cellphones with batteries for free.

    Posted by Charles | May 3, 2011, 5:09 pm
  2. As a person with two “PHD’s” – personal hearing devices- I’m pleased to see this. I recycle my batteries through the wonderful Battery Tracker box I can get from http://www.thinkgreenfromhome.com , but recycling ones with no mercury to begin with is even better.

    One word of caution- even though there’s no mercury, these batteries should still be recycled- don’t let precious resources slip away!

    Posted by greenopolisjoe | May 11, 2011, 2:25 pm
  3. Where’s my rechargeable hearing aid battery? It’s gonna happen, soon, from China, once they see the demand! They do not need the “American Brand” conduit, skimming off a percent either! Once they catch on to this, watch out folks! Shanghai even has a very good NiMh battery car! They use them in taxi service and have done so for the past five years! I Want a nice case, with a solar cell top, that I can put on a window-sill, or even plug in in an emergency. I want a spare set of hearing aid batteries, on charge, and I want it now! The rechargeable batteries must last long enough to merit the original cash out-lay, and a little longer even to make it all worth my while! Why toss ’em at all, if you can recharge ’em and use them again!

    Posted by Uncle B | May 17, 2011, 3:19 pm

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