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

Is it possible to get rid of used hearing aids? The answer is definitely the same whether you choose to upgrade to a more sophisticated model like cochlear implants or you got them from a departed relative: your pre-owned hearing aids should be donated instead of throwing them away.

There are a lot of people dealing with loss of hearing who could use a donated hearing aid, and several organizations out there that acquire and distribute those hearing aids to the individuals in need. Read on to discover why it’s important to donate your pre-owned hearing aid and learn how you can go about it.

Why You Should Look Into Donating Your Pre-Owned Hearing Aids

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

  • About 14% of the overall population, has hearing loss
  • Of all of the adults suffering from hearing loss 91% percent are above 50 years old
  • There is evidence of hearing loss in 15% of school aged children
  • Hearing aids would benefit almost 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…
  • Less than 30% of individuals over 70 who require hearing aids have ever had them

I think we should be concerned. Because health problems like cognitive decline, greater risk of falling, and depression have been associated with untreated hearing loss. In fact, new studies come out every day showing how crucial hearing is to your general health. Getting hearing aids can lessen these health problems (and in certain cases even reverse them).

And loss of hearing will cost the average family up to $12,000 each year which should be an extremely persuasive point. But hearing aids can actually reduce that cost by as much as 50%.

It may not be possible for families who lose $12,000 a year to afford to buy hearing aids.

For an individual in need, who can’t afford a hearing aid, your old hearing aids can have a tremendous impact on their financial well being, quality of life, and overall health. It could also help a child in school who has difficulty hearing, which could affect their ability to enter into higher education and make a livable wage when they get older.

How to Donate Your Used Hearing Aid

There are many volunteer organizations and makers who help recycle old hearing aids. Come and talk with us so we can advise you on the correct recycling option for you. Or you can just give us a call.

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