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Man and young child recycling in a forest discuss how to recycle hearing aids.

Is it possible to get rid of used hearing aids? Whether they were owned by a departed relative or you chose to update your hearing aids to something fancier such as a cochlear implant, the solution is the same: donate your pre-owned hearing aids instead of getting rid of.

There are several organizations that collect and circulate used hearing aids to people who need them, and there are plenty of people who need them. Keep reading to discover how and why to donate used hearing aids.

Why It’s Important to Contribute a Pre-owned Hearing Aid

First, here are some important statistics about loss of hearing and hearing aids in the US:

  • Approximately 14% of the overall population, suffers from loss of hearing
  • 91% of adults who have loss of hearing are above the age of 50
  • 15% of school-age children have some form of hearing loss
  • Hearing aids would benefit nearly 29 million adults with loss of hearing, but…
  • …hearing aids are actually used by only 16% (4.6 million) of them
  • The average age for first-time hearing aid users is 70, but again…
  • Fewer than 30% of individuals over 70 who need hearing aids have ever used them

This is extremely worrisome. Because health issues like cognitive decline, greater risk of falling, and depression have been associated with untreated loss of hearing. As a matter of fact, new research comes out every day showing how crucial hearing is to your overall health. These health issues can be prevented and in some cases reversed by hearing aids.

And loss of hearing will cost the typical family up to $12,000 each year which should be an extremely persuasive fact. But hearing aids can actually decrease that cost by up to 50%.

For a family that loses out on $12,000 each year, it may simply not be possible for them to pay for a hearing aid.

For a person in need, who can’t afford a hearing aid, your pre-owned hearing aids can have a huge effect on their financial stability, quality of life, and health. It may also cost a child the ability to go to college and make their lives better because they can’t hear in school.

How to Donate Your Used Hearing Aid

Old hearing aids are recycled and dispensed by numerous manufacturers and volunteer groups. Stop by and we can help you find a recycling program. Or give us a call.