What Can I do With Used Hearing Aids?

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

Is it possible to recycle used hearing aids? The answer is always the same whether you choose to update to a more advanced model like cochlear implants or you got them from a deceased family member: your pre-owned hearing aids should be donated versus getting rid of.

There are lots of people dealing with loss of hearing who would benefit from donated hearing aid, and a few institutions out there that collect and circulate those hearing aids to the people in need. Keep reading to find out how and why to donate used hearing aids.

Why It’s Worthwhile to Donate a Used Hearing Aid

First, here are some significant stats about hearing loss and hearing aids in the US:

  • About 14% of the total population, has hearing loss
  • Of all of the adults suffering from hearing loss 91% percent are over 50 years old
  • 15% of school-age children have 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
  • First time hearing aid users have an average age of 70, but again..
  • Of those people over 70 who require hearing aids, fewer than 30% percent have ever had them

This is very troubling. Because untreated hearing loss has been linked to several health problems from an increased risk of falling to cognitive decline and depression. As a matter of fact, new studies come out on a regular basis showing how important hearing is to your overall health. These health issues can be prevented and in some situations reversed by hearing aids.

And loss of hearing will cost the average family up to $12,000 every year which should be a really compelling fact. But hearing aids can actually reduce that cost by up to 50%.

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

For an individual in need, who can’t afford a hearing aid, your pre-owned hearing aids can have a huge effect on their financial well being, quality of life, and health. It could also cost a child the ability to get into college and better their lives because they are unable to hear in school.

Donating Your Used Hearing Aids

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

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