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

Is it possible to get rid of used hearing aids? Whether they were owned by a departed family member or you chose to upgrade your hearing aids to something fancier such as a cochlear implant, the answer is the same: your used hearing aids need to be donated versus throwing them away.

There are several organizations that collect and circulate used hearing aids to individuals who need them, and there are lots of people who need them. Keep reading to learn how and why to donate used hearing aids.

Why You Should Consider Donating Your Pre-Owned Hearing Aids

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

  • About 14% of the overall population, has loss of hearing
  • 91% of adults suffering from hearing loss are over the age of 50
  • There is evidence of hearing loss in 15% of school aged children
  • Nearly 29 million adults with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids, but…
  • …only 16% (4.6 million) of them actually make use of hearing aids
  • The general age for first-time hearing aid users is 70, but again…
  • Fewer than 30% of individuals over 70 who need hearing aids have ever used them

I think we should be concerned. Because untreated hearing loss has been connected to several health problems from a greater risk of falling to cognitive decline and depression. As a matter of fact, new studies come out on a regular basis showing how crucial hearing is to your general health. These health problems can be avoided and in certain instances reversed by hearing aids.

And the final convincing fact is that loss of hearing can cost the ordinary family $12,000 in earnings each year. But hearing aids can actually mitigate that cost by as much as 50%.

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

Your used hearing aid can make a tremendous effect, in the overall health, quality of life and financial stability, for an individual in need who couldn’t normally afford a hearing aid. It might 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 lots of manufacturers and volunteer organizations. Stop by and we can help you find a recycling strategy. Or give us a call.

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