Is it possible to recycle used hearing aids? Whether they were owned by a departed family member or you decided to upgrade your hearing aids to something fancier like a cochlear implant, the solution is the same: your pre-owned hearing aids need to be donated instead of getting rid of.
There are a lot of people suffering from hearing loss who would benefit from donated hearing aid, and a number of institutions out there that acquire and distribute those hearing aids to the people in need. Keep reading to discover how and why to donate used hearing aids.
Why It’s Worthwhile to Donate a Used Hearing Aid
- Of the overall population, about 14% have some kind of hearing loss
- Of all of the adults suffering from loss of hearing 91% percent are above 50 years old
- There is evidence of hearing loss in 15% of school aged children
- Hearing aids would benefit nearly 29 million adults with hearing loss, but…
- …only 16% (4.6 million) of them actually use hearing aids
- The general age for first-time hearing aid users is 70, but again…
- Fewer than 30% of people over 70 who need hearing aids have ever used them
I think we should be concerned. Because neglected hearing loss has been associated with numerous health issues from an increased risk of falling to cognitive decline and depression. The importance of your hearing to your general health is supported by new studies coming out regularly. These health issues can be prevented and in certain instances reversed by hearing aids.
And hearing loss will cost the typical family up to $12,000 every year which should be an extremely persuasive point. But hearing aids can actually mitigate that cost by as much as 50%.
For a family that loses out on $12,000 each year, it may just not be feasible for them to pay for a hearing aid.
Your pre-owned hearing aid can have a huge impact, in the health, quality of life and financial well-being, for an individual in need who could not otherwise afford a hearing aid. It might also help a child in school who has a hard time hearing, which could impact their ability to enter into college and make a livable wage when they’re older.
Donating Your Used Hearing Aids
There are numerous volunteer organizations and manufacturers who help recycle old hearing aids. Come and see us so we can guide you on the right recycling choice for you. Or give us a call.