Old hearing aids are all you need to make a difference in someone else’s life. No super skills. No vast knowledge about the world. Just used hearing aids. How? Audicus Hearing Aids takes a look at several recycling programs that will gladly receive your donations, and assist you in the process of upgrading or renewing your used hearing aids.
And yes, you might be able to change the world as well. One pair of hearing aids at a time.
Hear Now is a hearing aids recycling program established in the United States by the Starkey Hearing Foundation. This program provides repaired hearing aids to people with hearing loss, adults or children residing in the U.S., who are unable to afford brand new devices. Hear Now accepts any make or model, either used or unwanted, and your donation is tax deductible (they will send you a letter of acknowledgement upon receipt). In addition to hearing aids, Hear Now recipients also receive hearing treatments thanks to the program’s partnership with hearing health care providers across the country.
Lions Clubs International runs HARP (Hearing Aids Recycling Program) by receiving donations in several recycling centers (some of them located in opticians’ offices, libraries, and banks); donations are later refurbished and given to people with hearing loss across the country. In addition to the United States, HARP recycling centers can also be found in Canada and Denmark.
Other service organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and Sertoma via SHARP (Sertoma Hearing Aids Recycling Program) collect hearing aids donations, which are also refurbished before being distributed to those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
In terms of children services, the Center for Hearing and Speech devotes its resources and hearing aids donations to assist infants and children who suffer from hearing impairments. They do accept all makes and models, and the devices children can’t wear (i.e., in-the-ear type) are used for credit towards the purchase of loaner aids.
Help the Children Hear is a project funded by the Rotary International Foundation, which focuses on providing refurbished hearing aids to recipients who live in Argentina, Honduras, and the Philippines. Similarly, The Flying Doctors of Mercy provide used hearing aids to children in Mexico. These projects aim to address children’s hearing impairment problems at their earliest developmental stages, and provide them with new opportunities (schooling, counseling) to improve their lives.
In case you need more information about these or other recycling options, do not hesitate to contact Audicus Hearing Aids. If you are already the proud owner of an Audicus hearing product, we are more than happy to help you find a program that accepts used hearing aid donations.