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Solar Ear – The solar powered rechargeable hearing aid

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With perhaps 600 million people around the world suffering some level of hearing loss, the Solar Ear – the first solar-powered hearing aid rechargeable charger – will make a real difference.

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The size of a small transistor radio (remember those?), it comes with two rechargeable Ni-Mh AA batteries, requiring 6-8 hours of sunlight to fully charge. Once charged, simply place the hearing aid batteries inside to recharge. Charge the unit near a window by day and the hearing aid batteries by night. The unit’s batteries are thought to have a lifespan of 2-3 years or 300 charges – a vast improvement to traditional hearing aid batteries that need weekly replacement.

Created by Howard Weinstein, who was nominated as a 2009 Tech Award Laureate, the charger can also be charged with light from a household light or by plugging it in like a cell phone. With a suggested price of $49.95, this affordable product promises to give sound and a better life to millions of people around the world.

Solar Ear Brazil, manufactures, assembles and distributes, the first digital rechargeable hearing aid, a new solar battery charger and rechargeable hearing aid batteries which costs the same as disposable zinc air batteries, but lasts 2 to 3 years. All products are assembled by young employees who are deaf.

Tags: gadget, eco+gadget, solar+ear, solar+powered+hearing+aid

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


4 Comments

  • i would like to knowhowican order one solar ear. i live in india pune. if you can help me i wouldbe grateful to you thank you
    alex

    • Hi Alex, visit the solarear website : http://www.solarear.org.br to purchase the chargers and hearing aids

  • I live in India at kerala. I would like to order solar ear. Please help me. Thank you

  • Can I use these solar batteries in a different charger than the sold by Solarear?

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