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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? The answer is always the same whether you decide to update to a more advanced model such as cochlear implants or you got them from a deceased family member: donate your used hearing aids versus throwing them away.

There are several organizations that acquire and circulate used hearing aids to people who could really use them, and there are lots of people who need them. Keep reading to discover how and why to donate used hearing aids.

Why You Should Consider Donating Your Used Hearing Aids

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

  • Of the overall population, about 14% have some kind of hearing loss
  • Of all of the adults who have hearing loss 91% percent are above the age of 50
  • There is evidence of hearing loss in 15% of school aged children
  • Hearing aids would help almost 29 million adults with hearing loss, but…
  • …hearing aids are actually used by only 16% (4.6 million) of them
  • First time hearing aid users have an average age of 70, but again…
  • Fewer than 30% of people over 70 who need hearing aids have ever had them

I think we should be concerned. Because health issues like cognitive decline, increased risk of falling, and depression have been associated with untreated hearing loss. The value of your hearing to your overall health is supported by new studies being released all of the time. These health problems can be prevented and in certain instances reversed by hearing aids.

And the final convincing point is that loss of hearing can cost the average family $12,000 in income every single year. But that expense can actually be decreased by up to 50% by using hearing aids.

For a family that loses out on $12,000 every year, it might just not be possible for them to afford a hearing aid.

For a person in need, who can’t afford a hearing aid, your old hearing aids can have a big impact on their financial well being, quality of life, and health. It may also cost a child the ability to get into college and make their lives better because they can’t hear in school.

Donating Your Used Hearing Aids

There are lots of volunteer organizations and makers who help recycle old hearing aids. Come and see us so we can advise you on the right recycling choice for you. Or you can simply give us a call.