Right. For as long as I can remember I have been using Size 13 zinc air, and I did not even know until a minute ago that Size 13 is mainly for the "high-powered" aids and most users are using Size 312.
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OK, I've been wondering, do batteries last longer if you let them sit and "breathe" for a few minutes after you peel off the sticker before putting them in the HA? I have tried that occasionally but cannot tell if it makes much difference.
I just read online that the average hospital in the U.S. throws away $200,000 worth of "expired" medicine each year. That works out to more than $500 per day. If hospitals can afford to do that, I don't see why they cannot afford to throw away $40 worth of hearing aid batteries every three years (assuming that the average hearing aid battery has a shelf life of three years).
Yes, I have in fact been picketing outside the PIH hospital in Downey, Calif., and I have filed an ADA complaint against PIH with the federal Department of Justice. I am thinking about raising money through charitable donations to send free batteries to PIH, since they are apparently too miserly to buy them for the patients who need them, even if the patients pay them back for the staggering cost of $0.25 per battery.
Batteries only cost a quarter if you buy in bulk. So a hospital could buy single packs of all four kinds and not go into bankruptcy, even if they have to re-stock yearly. Poster above points out you can buy 48 batteries for $9, so a hospital could get a generous supply (192) of all four sizes for approximately $36, easily. Also, I offered to walk across a parking lot and buy my own from a pharmacy and the hospital told me that if I did that they would discharge me.
So again, even if a hospital throws out $36 worth of unused batteries every year, I don't see how that is a financial hardship. Matter of fact, last time I went to an emergency room the doctor was going to replace my gastric feeding tube but then decided against it. He had a replacement tube ready to put in me, but when he decided to leave my old tube in place, the hospital for some reason decided to GIVE me the unused gastric tube that they almost installed in me, even though it had not even been taken out of the package. They handed me the unused gastric tube still in its package as I was leaving. I can post an image of it if you don't believe me. So hospitals throw out unused items all the time. If they can afford to give away an unused feeding tube, I don't see why they can't afford to throw out unused hearing aid batteries.
"But I wondered why no one considered getting batteries from the audiology clinic that was in the same building."
I was wondering the same thing. Every darn retail pharmacy that I know of carries hearing aid batteries, and there are at least two pharmacies within easy walking distance of the hospital I was in, including one that is just across a parking lot. I don't know if the hospital has an audiology department. I'll look into it.
After this incident I put a pack of batteries in my truck so that if I'm ever away from home when I need to go to an emergency room, I might be able to replace a battery that dies. But the truck gets hot inside when it's parked in the sun, so I suspect that can cause the batteries to expire sooner than if they were stored at "room temperature" or in a refrigerator.