October 8, 2014

Used Hearing Aids: Where to Donate Them

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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.

Used Hearing Aids: You Donate, Others Hear

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.

How About Young Ears and Used Hearing Aids?

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 donations of used hearing aids.

 

Sources:

Audicus, Center for Hearing and Speech, Knights of Columbus, Lions Clubs International, Rotary International Foundation, Sertoma, Starkey Hearing Foundation, The Flying Doctors of Mercy

by Patrick Freuler

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John Marean said

I have several generatons of hearing aid from years of needing better hearing. I would like to “recycle” them to new and needy neighbors.

Donna said

Is there a place on line where one can go to purchase a used hearing aid. When even the cost of the least expensive units is prohibitive, it would be great to find a place to purchase two used hearing aids for an affordable price.

Chandrashekar said

I need invisible hearing aid for an affordable price.

mike mcguirk said

My father in law recently passed away and I am in posession of his recently purchased MagniEar hearing aid. I have the instruction brocure, and several small boxes of various parts. How can I get a value of the items? And who might be interested

linda thomason said

I am looking for two invisible hearing aids

tom said

am near Sacramento

i want to buy one used hearing aid , preferably a new one , preferably one that can charged instead of uses batteries . can you help me ? Is there a used med supply store near SAC

Thomas said

We are retired and my husband was helping his handy capped sister by removing ice storm limbs from her place so she could get out and I guess one of the branches pulled the aid out of his right ear and we could not find it. Any way we can get help with a different set or help with one. he had the one over the ear that has the tube inside it. it is a Destiny brand he has.

Juan said

I have hearing aid it broke hook to mold but I cant effort 2 buy TN heating aid and I got no job and closed ssa too am I dont have it and thank you very much

M. V Brennan said

I am a retired senior citizen on social security. I am looking for used cheap hearing aids. I am 83 yrs old and cannot afford new ones. I live in Leander, Texas. Can anyone help me? Thank you.

rene lopez said

I am retired, and I lost my hearing aids, and I can not afford to buy new ones, could you please, let me know, where can I get some good used ones. thank you….

Carl Krishnaswamy said

I need a powerful behind the ear hearing aid. If you have any extra or not using kindly inform me.
Thanks

Mark Shapiro said

I have a relative who is slightly retarded and needs a set of donated hearing aids.

I t would be a bleesing if we could find them.

chuck said

Have hearing aids that i paid 4000 dollars for in2007.
Hardly used. Perfect condition .behind the ear

Teresa Allen said

Looking for hearing aids for my 80yo mom, Virginia Stroud. She lives in Lyman, SC, Spartanburg, County. She is on a fixed income and can't afford aids. She still drives and works part time at Sams Club there in Spartanburg, so she is still very active and could benefit from aids. Thank you for any info in locating used aids.

Sincerely, Teresa Allen

ross said

does your organization qualify for 501 k and provide tax deduction receipts for donated hearing aids?

audicus said

Hi Ross! We are actually implementing a used hearing aid donation program within the next few weeks through a non profit organization we will be partnering with. If you'll hold onto your aids, we'll be ready to receive them shortly! Thanks for reaching out. Your hearing aids may give the gift of sound to someone who could not otherwise access it. Thanks!

Carol Lowry said

I would like to donate my old hearing aid. Is there a contact or address where I can find out how to do this?

Thank-you
Carol Lowry

888-979-6918

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