It’s the day you’ve waited for for a long time – the day you get your new hearing aids. They’re more comfortable, less obvious, and can even connect to your devices via Bluetooth! As exciting as this day is, you might be left wondering what you’re supposed to do with your old aids, right? And what about the batteries? We’ve developed an easy overview to uncover your options when it comes to getting rid of your hearing aids.
How To Recycle
Many individuals find that they might not have a use for their hearing aids anymore, but knowing how much they cost, feel guilty about just throwing them away. Even if they’ve been used for many years, your aids can still provide the gift of better hearing for others out there who might not be able to afford them.
Several hearing aid manufacturers offer recycling programs, where you mail your used aids to them and they go through a refurbishing process. Other local options include donating to your town’s Lions Club, who will clean and distribute them to those in need.
Can You Upcycle Hearing Aids?
Upcycling all kinds of things seems to be the latest trend, where individuals take items of little value or things they just don’t need anymore and repurpose them into something else. Theoretically, yes, you can upcycle your hearing aids.
If you’re particularly crafty, you might somehow utilize parts of them to make jewelry or could integrate them into an art project. However, if your aids are still in good shape, your best bet might be donating them rather than choosing to upcycle.
What To Do With Old Batteries
Whether you’re getting rid of your old hearing aids or are simply replacing the batteries in the ones you currently wear, it’s a question that hearing practitioners are often asked. One important thing to note is if your batteries contain mercury or not; that will be the deciding factor in terms of disposal options.
Check the battery package to find this information, or if you don’t have it you can probably find out from your doctor’s office. Batteries that are mercury-free can be disposed of like any other household trash.
If your batteries do contain mercury, it’s wisest to take them to a recycling center that deals specifically with that kind of waste. They will process and dispose of the batteries in a way that’s safe for the environment and wildlife.
Thinking Toward The Future
If you’re in the market for new hearing aids but haven’t quite made a purchase, take some time to consider hearing aids that are rechargeable and don’t need batteries at all. Many practitioners offer this top of the line technology with a price tag that’s probably more affordable than you might think.
Not only does this take the work and worry out of disposing and replacing your batteries, but they also come with many other features that make your life easier. Bluetooth integration is just one of many options that come standard with today’s hearing aids.
Remember, if you are getting rid of your hearing aids, make every effort to donate them to someone in need, unless you have a really great art project up your sleeve!