20 October 2007
Solar-powered hearing aids? It's possible!
Do you find yourself often wondering where to recycle hearing aid batteries or complaining about how difficult it is to find eco-friendly or recycleable kinds? Do you ever wish that your hearing aid batteries weren't so much hassle- searching endlessly for 675 zinc or size 13 batteries in pharmacy stores?
Worry no more! Solar-powered hearing aids and batteries have been invented by Godisa... it all started in Africa, more specifically Botswana. SolarAid workshops initiated in 1992 with the mission of creating a hearing aid for deaf people in developing countries to use, that is powered by the free energy of the sun!
Here is the excerpt from Josh Swiller's website (he's the one who told me about this):
"Godisa has developed a cheap hearing aid made specifically for hot and humid conditions that runs on solar charged batteries. Most notably, they are doing everything possible to enable anyone who needs their hearing aid to get it free. They have declined to pursue a patent, have offered their technological expertise to anyone who’s interested and are relying on donations to cover the cost (about $100) of each aid. Also noteworthy – most of Godisa’s technicians, salespersons and other employees are deaf themselves. Truly an amazing undertaking that deserves more attention and support. You can read more about it here and here." -www.joshswiller.com/getinvolved.html
The good news is, there's a Godisa distributor here in the USA- check out their website:
Happy solar listening!