On April 22, people will celebrate Earth Day to promote environmental awareness and protection of our planet. Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day in your community. Ride a bike or walk instead of driving, go paperless and switch bills to online billing, plant food that can be consumed by your family, or simply get outside!
If you find yourself asking what you can do as a hearing aid user, here are some suggestions.
1) Switch to Mercury-free batteries. Mercury is a heavy metal that can be toxic and trace amounts can be found in some batteries. Hearing aid batteries contain a small amount of Mercury. Over time, this small amount can work its way into the air, food, and water supply after disposal.
2) Switch to rechargeable batteries. Rather than buying and disposing batteries frequently, opt for a rechargeable unit to minimize disposal.
3) Donate old hearing aids. Much like other electronics, recycling hearing aids can have various benefits. Not only is this good for the environment but you can also help another individual with hearing loss.
This Earth Day take a moment to look through your life to find ways to use less and recycle more. We only have one planet we call home. Let's take care of it.