How can you recycle used hearing aids? The answer is always the same whether you decide to upgrade to a more advanced model such as cochlear implants or you got them from a departed family member: your pre-owned hearing aids need to be donated rather than getting rid of.
There are plenty of people dealing with hearing loss who could use a donated hearing aid, and a number of organizations out there that acquire and distribute those hearing aids to the individuals in need. Keep reading to learn how and why to donate used hearing aids.
Why You Should Look Into Donating Your Pre-Owned Hearing Aids
- Of the overall population, about 14% suffer from some kind of hearing loss
- 91% of adults who have loss of hearing are above the age of 50
- 15% of school-age children have some type of hearing loss
- Hearing aids would help approximately 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…
- Of those people over 70 who require hearing aids, less than 30% percent have ever had them
I think we should be concerned. Because untreated hearing loss has been connected to several health problems from an increased risk of falling to cognitive decline and depression. The importance of your hearing to your general health is supported by new research being released all of the time. Getting hearing aids can lessen these health problems (and in some situations even reverse them).
And the last compelling point is that hearing loss can cost the typical family $12,000 in income every year. But hearing aids can actually reduce that cost by as much as 50%.
For a family that loses out on $12,000 every year, it might simply not be feasible for them to pay for a hearing aid.
For a person in need, who can’t afford a hearing aid, your old hearing aids can have a huge impact on their financial stability, quality of life, and overall health. It may also help a child in school who has difficulty hearing, which could affect their ability to enter into college and make a livable wage when they get older.
Donating Your Used Hearing Aids
There are many volunteer groups and makers who help recycle old hearing aids. Stop by and we can help you find a recycling strategy. Or you can simply give us a call.