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 choose to upgrade to a more advanced model like cochlear implants or you got them from a deceased family member: donate your pre-owned hearing aids versus throwing them away.

There are plenty of people suffering from loss of hearing who could use a donated hearing aid, and a number of organizations out there that acquire and distribute those hearing aids to the people in need. Keep reading to learn how and why to donate used hearing aids.

Why You Should Look Into Donating Your Used Hearing Aids

First, here are a few important statistics about loss of hearing and hearing aids in the US:

  • Around 14% of the overall population, has hearing loss
  • 91% of adults who have loss of hearing are over the age of 50
  • 15% of school-age children have some kind of hearing loss
  • Hearing aids would benefit nearly 29 million adults with loss of hearing, 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 require hearing aids have ever had them

This is really worrisome. Because health issues like cognitive decline, increased risk of falling, and depression have been associated with untreated hearing loss. The relevance of your hearing to your overall health is backed up by new research being released regularly. Getting hearing aids can prevent these health problems (and in certain cases even reverse them).

And the last convincing point is that loss of hearing can cost the typical family $12,000 in earnings every single year. But that cost can actually be lessened by up to 50% by using hearing aids.

For a family that loses out on $12,000 each year, it might just not be feasible for them to pay for a hearing aid.

Your pre-owned hearing aid can make a tremendous impact, in the overall health, quality of life and financial stability, for an individual in need who could not otherwise afford a hearing aid. It may also help a child in school that has difficulty hearing, which could impact their ability to enter into college and make a decent living when they get older.

Donating Your Used Hearing Aids

There are many volunteer groups and makers 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.

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