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Hearing Aids - Donating Used Hearing Aids

Don't Throw Them Away

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Updated September 05, 2011

Grandpa just died? Got a new cochlear implant? Just upgraded to digital from analog? Bought a hearing aid awhile ago but it did not work as well as you wanted and you're stuck with it? Don't throw out that old or unwanted hearing aid - it may still have some life in it yet, and be of use to someone who can't afford a hearing aid! Your old hearing aid could make the difference in someone's life. For an adult in need, a used hearing aid can mean the ability to get or hold a job; for a child, it can mean being able to learn better due to having access to sound at last.

Domestic options for used hearing aids

United States

Hear Now
If your objective is to help someone in the United States, you can donate your used hearing aid to Hear Now in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, which is part of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Hear Now takes the donated hearing aids and has them repaired, then resells them. That revenue is used to buy newer hearing aids for people who can not afford them. The Hear Now address is
HEAR NOW
6700 Washington Avenue South
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Website: Starkey Hearing Foundation

Service Organizations

Many service organizations run hearing aid banks and other hearing aid recycling programs.

Lions Clubs
The Lions Clubs nationally have collection boxes in places such as libraries, opticians offices, and banks. The collected hearing aids are refurbished (repaired), and provided to persons in need.

Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus also collect used hearing aids.

Sertoma
Sertoma operates a Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Program(SHARP). Some Sertoma clubs have recycling programs; if your local Sertoma club does not have such a program used hearing aids can be sent to Sertoma International’s Sponsorship Department.

State-specific Options

Individual states also have programs, some run by state or even county governments. A few examples:
  • California
    • John Tracy Clinic accepts used or unwanted hearing aids. The ones that are in good shape are used for children in their program; others are sent to manufacturers for parts re-use and credit towards the cost of refurbished hearing aids.
    • The House Ear Institute of Los Angeles will reportedly accept used hearing aids.
  • Utah - The state government of Utah has a Hearing Aid Recycling Program run by its Hearing, Speech and Vision Services agency in Salt Lake City.
  • Minnesota - Washington County, Minnesota has a "Take it Back" program with the participation of local businesses.

Miscellaneous Options

Some senior citizen centers also have hearing aid recycling programs, and some hearing aid companies will also receive used hearing aids for recycling. The Ear Research Foundation in Sarasota, Florida has such a program in direct cooperation with hearing aid manufacturers.

Canada
Saint John Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Inc. has a program called HARP (Hearing Aid Recycling Program) in New Brunswick. Their website is http://www.sjdhhs.com/.

Australia
Australia has several programs to collect and refurbish used hearing aids. Better Hearing Australia in Victoria; Self Help for Hard of Hearing in New South Wales; the Tasmanian Deaf Society in Tasmania, and the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland are examples.

International Options for Used Hearing Aids

Perhaps you prefer that your used hearing aids go to help someone in need in another country. Again, service organizations have programs that provide such assistance internationally.

Rotary Clubs
The Rotary International Foundation has a program, Help the Children Hear, which often works with the Starkey Foundation to provide used hearing aids to recipients in countries such as the Philippines, Argentina, and Honduras. The program collects used hearing aids and also buys refurbished hearing aids from the Starkey Foundation: Help the Children Hear
PO Box 98
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Website: http://www.helpthechildrenhear.org/

Help the Aged
Help the Aged is a London-based organization that helps recipients in India through their partner organization, HelpAge India. The program can be contacted at: HearingAid Appeal
Help the Aged
FREEPOST, LON13616
London EC1B 1PS
Website:http://www.helptheaged.org

Liga International
Liga International (The Flying Doctors of Mercy) accepts used hearing aids in any condition and provides hearing aids to children and others in Mexico.
1464 N. Fitzgerald Hangar 2
Rialto, CA 92376
Website: http://www.ligainternational.org

Worldwide Hearing
Worldwide Hearing accepts used hearing aids and sends them to countries in Central and South America such as Mexico. Their address is
WorldwideHearing.org
P.O. Box 400937
North Cambridge, MA 02140
Website: http://www.worldwidehearing.org (The website has a photo album of the usually happy children receiving their hearing aids).

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