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

How can you get rid of used hearing aids? Whether they belonged to a departed family member or you decided to update your hearing aids to something fancier such as a cochlear implant, the solution is the same: donate your used hearing aids instead of throwing them away.

There are several organizations that acquire and distribute used hearing aids to people who could really use them, and there are many people who need them. Keep reading to find out how and why to donate pre-owned hearing aids.

Why You Should Look Into Donating Your Used Hearing Aids

First, here are a few important stats about loss of hearing and hearing aids in the United States:

  • Of the overall populace, around 14% have some kind of hearing loss
  • Of all of the adults who have loss of hearing 91% percent are over 50 years old
  • 15% of school-age children suffer from some form of hearing loss
  • Hearing aids would benefit almost 29 million adults with hearing loss, but…
  • …only 16% (4.6 million) of them actually use hearing aids
  • The average age for first-time hearing aid users is 70, but again…
  • Less than 30% of individuals over 70 who need hearing aids have ever used them

I think we should be concerned. Because health issues like cognitive decline, greater risk of falling, and depression have been linked to untreated loss of hearing. The value of your hearing to your general health is supported by new studies coming out all of the time. These health issues can be prevented and in some situations reversed by hearing aids.

And hearing loss will cost the typical family up to $12,000 each year which should be a really persuasive fact. But that cost can actually be decreased by as much as 50% by using hearing aids.

It might not be feasible 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 used hearing aids can have an enormous impact on their financial well being, quality of life, and overall health. It may also cost a child the ability to get into college and better their lives 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 organizations. Come and talk with us so we can advise you on the correct recycling choice for you. Or give us a call.