With over 48 million Americans with varying degrees of hearing loss, less than 16% will use hearing aids even if they can directly benefit from them, and with hearing aid prices ranging from $1000 up to $4000 depending on the technology used, many Americans are citing cost as the reason. Fortunately, you can give the gift of hearing by donating or recycling your old and unused hearing aids to numerous non-profit organizations or foundations who specialize in providing deaf and hard of hearing patients with the help they need. Every year, thousands of hearing aids are donated to recycling programs across the country, and you can join them with a few quick and easy steps.
To make sure your recycled hearing aids are going to those most in need, consider researching and donating to a hearing foundation or hearing aid organization. Down below, we’ve listed numerous organizations that are helping patients across the country with their hearing health needs:
Started in 1984 by Starkey Hearing Technologies founder William Austin, the Starkey Hearing Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been helping those in need by collaborating with governments, health leaders, and NGOs across the world. Since their founding, they have extended their reach from Minnesota, making hearing health services for the deaf or hard of hearing more accessible in over 100 countries. They collect over 60,000 hearing aids a year!
Partnered with numerous organizations around the country like Hearing Charities of America and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Sertoma Inc has been helping communities across the country since 1912. With national events like the CELEBRATE SOUND Don’t Walk In Silence fund and awareness raising event, Sertoma aims to fulfill its mission of “improving the quality of life today for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education and support.”
Partnered with Hearing Charities of America, Audicus has been refurbishing donated hearing aids for low-income families in need. It’s simple! Send your old or unused hearing aids in a protective packing to Audicus, where they will test them to be sure they are fit to be refurbished. Being one of the country’s premier hearing aid companies, Audicus knows hearing aids. They’ll even give you a $50 coupon for your generous donation! Donating your unused hearing aids to Audicus not only supports low-income families with hearing health needs, but can also net you a small discount on your own new set!
As Americans across the country are struggling to afford pricier and pricier hearing health services, recycling your hearing aids is a great way to help out. Recycling the batteries in your hearing aids can also help the environment. Some batteries contain toxic heavy metals like lithium, mercury, and cadmium, elements that should never be mixed with household waste. Local municipalities often have battery recycling programs, but numerous hearing aid recycling programs such as the Miracle-Ear Foundation will accept your hearing aid batteries for refurbishing.