How can you recycle used hearing aids? Whether they belonged to a deceased family member or you chose 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 rather than getting rid of.
There are a lot of people suffering from hearing loss who could use a donated hearing aid, and a few organizations out there that collect and circulate those hearing aids to the people in need. Read on to discover why it’s important to donate your used hearing aid and find out how you can go about it.
Why You Should Look Into Donating Your Pre-Owned Hearing Aids
- Of the overall population, around 14% suffer from some type of hearing loss
- Of all of the adults suffering from loss of hearing 91% percent are over the age of 50
- 15% of school-age children suffer from some kind of hearing loss
- Almost 29 million adults with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids, but…
- …hearing aids are actually used by only 16% (4.6 million) of them
- The average age for first-time hearing aid users is 70, but again…
- Less than 30% of individuals over 70 who require hearing aids have ever used them
I think we should be concerned. Because untreated hearing loss has been linked to several health problems from a greater risk of falling to mental decline and depression. The importance of your hearing to your general health is backed up by new studies being released all of the time. These health issues can be prevented and in certain situations reversed by hearing aids.
And the last persuasive fact is that hearing loss can cost the ordinary family $12,000 in earnings each 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 each year, it may simply not be feasible for them to pay for a hearing aid.
Your used hearing aid can have a huge effect, in the health, quality of life and financial well-being, for an individual in need who couldn’t otherwise afford a hearing aid. It may also help a child in school that has a hard time hearing, which could affect their ability to get into higher education and make a livable wage when they get older.
How to Donate Your Used Hearing Aid
There are lots of volunteer groups and manufacturers who help recycle old hearing aids. Come and see us so we can advise you on the right recycling choice for you. Or give us a call.