As technology evolves, so do hearing aid designs and components, but all hearing aids still
require the use of a battery. When wearing hearing aids, you will notice how frequently you need
to change your hearing aid battery. This applies to charging rechargeable batteries too.
How long do hearing aid batteries last?
Many hearing aids use small round batteries, which have a limited shelf life. Much like you need
to change the batteries in your TV remote, you will need to change your hearing aid battery
Standard batteries last anywhere between 70 to 185 hours. With around 2 million
hearing aid wearers in the UK, the number of old hearing aid batteries discarded adds up
But what to do with old ones once you can no longer use them? While it is a
natural reaction to throw them away, batteries can be harmful to the environment and cause
damage that should be avoided. You should always look for opportunities to recycle your old
hearing aid batteries.
What to do with old hearing aid batteries
When pondering what to do with old batteries, you should consult with your
audiologist to inquire if they have the facilities to recycle them. It may be that you
can collect your old batteries and bring them with you to drop off into an approved recycling
collection at your appointments.
If this option isn’t available to you, you have other choices you can look into. A good idea is to
donate your old batteries to a charity recycling scheme where old batteries of any kind, including
hearing aid batteries, are traded for donations.
Cancer Research UK has donation bins in stores for you to drop off your old batteries. They
take most household batteries, including the round ones. All you need to do is
collect your batteries and then take them all at once to your local charity store, and they will take
care of the rest.
If you don’t have a local Cancer Research store, you can visit high street stores and
supermarkets, which have buckets at till points or in-store to allow you to drop off old batteries
Alternatively, visit your local household waste recycling center with the batteries and dispose of
them in their dedicated battery recycling center. If your local authority allows it, you may be able
to add batteries to your household recycling collections. Check with them first to make sure this
is possible and how you should add batteries to your household waste for recycling.
Lastly, Ecosurety will pay £100 per tonne of batteries donated, meaning you can actually make
money from your old hearing aid batteries if you wish.
Hearing aids in Livingston
If you want to discuss your hearing aid care or what to do with old hearing aid batteries, you can
discuss your needs with Almond Hearing. If you wish to find out more about your current
the hearing situation, assess the compatibility of your current hearing aids, and get advice on
maximizing battery life for your hearing aids, you can contact Almond Hearing by phone or our
online contact form.