How To Recycle Used Hearing Aid Batteries Posted on May 19, 2023 by Advanced ENT & Allergy The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, “In 2019, 7.1% of adults aged 45 and over used a hearing aid.” If you’re using a hearing aid in 2023, you may be wondering what to do with all those old batteries you’ve used. The answer is: recycle them! We review how to do this below. Why Recycle? Some sources estimate that Americans throw away nearly 1.4 billion disposable hearing aid batteries each year, creating tons of waste. Hearing aid batteries are also pollutants. Most hearing aids take zinc-air button cell batteries, many of which contain mercuric oxide and silver. In time, the outer casings corrode and the heavy metals are released into the soil, which eventually seeps into the groundwater. In addition, trash containing hearing aid batteries that are burned releases smoke into the air that is harmful to both humans and animals. While you throwing away your own hearing aid batteries may not seem like a big deal, if everyone does it, the effects will be massive. How Can I Recycle? You can talk to your local waste management officials to see if they accept hearing aid batteries and where they can be dropped off or picked up. You can also talk to large retailers and jewelry stores like Evearts Jewelers in on Kings Highway East to see if they accept hearing aid batteries. Recycling centers process the toxic metals and sell some of the components for reuse in various industries. What About Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries? If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of recycling your old hearing aid batteries, consider making the investment in rechargeable hearing aids. These batteries are made of lithium-ion and last as long as your devices—about five to seven years. When the batteries stop holding a charge, you’ll probably be ready for new devices, and your audiologist can deal with the recycling for you. Rechargeable hearing aids are also cost-effective, saving potentially hundreds of dollars on the cost of hearing aid batteries each year. For more information about rechargeable hearing aids or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, call Advanced ENT & Allergy today.