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, 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!