At Hearing Associates in Mason City, Iowa, we take family time very seriously...especially during the holidays. One of the more important things we love to hear about are family traditions. Our receptionist, Pam DeRoy was more than happy to share her favorite Christmas tradition that has been going since she was a little girl.


Don’t throw those batteries away!

Batteries contain materials that are both hazardous and recyclable. It’s good environmental stewardship to recycle them because you can recover their resources and keep contaminants out of the landfill.

The Landfill of North Iowa collects single use, rechargeable and automotive batteries from residents for free.

What happens to my batteries after I drop them off for recycling?

When your batteries are dropped off for recycling, they are sorted and safely secured until they can be sent to a facility for processing. From there, the batteries are broken down into their various components: plastic, rubber, acid and metals.

  • The plastic is melted and cut into pellets and used for new products.
  • The rubber cases are used as an additive in the smelting process.
  • Battery acid is neutralized, then broken down into water and a salt compound.
  • Metals — cadmium, cobalt, lead and nickel — are reclaimed and used for making new batteries, among other things.

Although batteries containing mercury are being discontinued, there are a few still out there.   We are a hearing aid battery drop off site. We recycle all hearing aid battery sizes and brands. Mercury or Zinc, just bring them into any of our offices, and we'll take care of them for you. Our environment is important to us.

For additional information, contact us today.



A mere five minutes may give you an extra 2 to 7 days with your current hearing aid batteries.

With the help of his audiologist, hearing aid user, Ethan Manuell developed a study to see if waiting a few minutes longer increased battery life. What they discovered was waiting 5 minutes can increase the life span by up to 80%.

To meet Ethan, and learn more about the “5 Minute Rule”, watch the clip below.

With the connections between serious diseases like Dementia and Diabetes, it’s important to take hearing loss seriously. However, it’s also important to keep a positive attitude about hearing loss as comedian Brian Regan does.

During his bit, Regan begins by talking about how he lost his hearing and transitions into his personal experience with tinnitus and his appointment at the audiologist’s office.

Not only is his perspective amusing, his experience can be shared between hearing loss patients across the world.  To hear his perspective for yourself, listen to the audio clip below.

School is out, suitcases are packed for summer vacations, and spending time in the water is just one of the perks of hot weather. But when you spend all day in a pool, lake, or ocean, you may come home with more than a sunburn.

Although it typically it drains by itself, water can become trapped in the canal and lead to an infection marked by redness, itchiness, swelling, and pain called Swimmer’s Ear.  

Swimmer’s ear is easily treated with antibacterial ear drops, but it’s also easily preventable. Below are a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control to help prevent an unnecessary doctor visit this summer.