Be sure to check the batteries in your hearing aids, because they could be illegal.
Older types of hearing aid batteries that contain mercury are now illegal in the state of Illinois.
Governor Pat Quinn signed the law last year but it just took effect Monday.
Dr. Robert Moss at Quincy Audiology says the batteries were difficult to dispose of for patients. Mercury doesn't break down and if it contaminates a body of water it can become even more toxic.
"Years ago when we used to sell mercury batteries we would have to recycle them because you couldn't dispose them," Moss said. "And the patients would have trouble, whether or not they would throw them away and just what to do with them."
Moss says to check your battery's packaging to see if they contain mercury. He says the most common hearing aid battery is now the zinc-air battery and most doctors have not sold the mercury batteries in years.
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