Written by Liz Tusler Meyer, AuD
Most hearing devices or hearing aids require small, weekly disposable batteries. These batteries may be tiny in size, but their toxic effects can be detrimental to our community if not disposed of properly. Hearing aid batteries may be necessary to treat a diagnosed hearing loss, but are poisonous when ingested and should be disposed of properly. Audiology Associates of Deerfield has a Hearing Aid Battery Recycling Program and we encourage all hearing aid wearers to bring in their old batteries to our office located at 400 Lake Cook Road, Suite 106, Deerfield, IL. Our office recycles hearing aid batteries as well as gently used hearing aids.
Why you should drop your batteries off:
Batteries pose environmental problems in our waste disposal system. Chemicals like nickel and cadmium are extremely toxic and are dangerous for people, animals and our environment. Batteries that are thrown out in a regular disposal typically end up in landfills. In turn, the batteries can cause soil and water pollution as they leak toxic metals into the soil and endanger surrounding wildlife and/or nearby ground water. If the battery gets incinerated, the battery can explode and release toxic gas into the air. The safer option is to recycle these batteries. Audiology Associates is happy to recycle these batteries for you when you drop them off at their Deerfield office.
Why you should not leave batteries around the house:
Hearing aid batteries are very small and can easily be lost on the floor. Batteries that are ingested by a child or a pet can lead to death. There were 11,940 case of children swallowing batteries in the last 10 years and countless numbers of pets who swallow batteries every year. Unfortunately, all three of our audiologists have heard of situations where a pet has eaten a hearing aid or battery and needed to have their stomach pumped. “Most hearing aid wearers need to utilize batteries on a regular basis, but we have a responsibility to our environment to dispose of the batteries properly “says, Dr. Liz Tusler Meyer.
How to Dispose of Hearing Aid Batteries:
Place all used hearing aid batteries in a clean disposable, container and drop them off at our office in Deerfield. There is no charge for the service. We will only accept hearing aid batteries or watch batteries (batteries smaller than a dime).