Gallery: SOLAR EAR: Affordable Sun-Powered Hearing Aids

 

For anyone unfamiliar with hearing aids, know that they require a great deal of two things: money and batteries. Luckily, one humanitarian project aims to make the medical devices much cheaper and more eco-friendly. Solar Ear, a Brazil-based company, creates low-cost hearing aids that get their juice from solar-powered batteries. Not only are the devices much more affordable than traditional hearing aids, they decreases reliance on fossil fuel-based power and seriously cut back on battery waste.

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  1. dntwrybhapy March 5, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    so where can one purchase one?

  2. Tim Corrado October 19, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Hi, I was wondering are those hearing aids strong enough for very deaf person? How loud are the hearing aids How much will it cost?

  3. McGrew June 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Hi, I’m located in northern California and would like to buy this charger. Is it available anywhere in California? Also, I am looking to do volunteer work in South America in some sort of hearing impaired clinic. Do you sponsor one? I am fluent in Spanish, although I am very rusty, and have lived in South America for several years.

  4. Peggy McClory June 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Is solar hearing aid available in stores in Los Angeles Calif?

  5. owla August 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Is there a place near Vancouver Canada where solar ear hearing aids may be purchased?

  6. deafgreen74 September 28, 2011 at 11:18 am

    YES!!! I WOULD LIKE THIS I WANT THIS PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR OFFICE NUMBER OR EMAIL SO WE CAN CONTACT YOU FOR NEED ORDENS.. WE FROM REP. DE PANAMA..
    THANKS YOU

  7. Solar Ear | The Ayllu Map June 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    […] Location: Sao Paulo,Brazil Main Area of Focus: Health Other Areas of Focus: Hearing, Appropriate Technology, Health Technology, Employment, Disability Countries of Operation: Botswana, Brazil, Palestine Website Resources: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/06/solar-ear-hearing-aids/ […]

  8. RAUL RODEA RICO M.D. January 7, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    GREAT NEWS I AM A 83 M. D.WORKING IN SALTILLO COAH. MEXICO TEACHING IN OUR MEDICAL SCHOOL AND VERY INTERESTED IN PROMOTING THIS WONDERFUL DEVICE HERE. WHO SHALL I CONTACT?

  9. JenniferMeredith January 6, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    As a hearing aid user and sustainable-living advocate, I give this my full support.

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