If you’re not sure what to do with old hearing aids or are looking for a unique way to be charitable this holiday season, there are many programs set up to take your old hearing aids. No matter the type, age, and condition of the hearing aids, they can be donated to a variety of programs that will clean up and refurbish hearing aid donations for those in need. Below are some programs where you can donate hearing aids that will ensure they get into the hands of those who need them.
The National Hearing Aid Project
Created by Hearing Charities of America, the National Hearing Aid Project addresses the increased demand for hearing aids by providing hearing aids to low-income individuals on a national scale. Low-income individuals can apply to receive the hearing aids they receive and refurbish.
The project also performs hearing health evaluations for those who cannot afford them. To donate, the process is quite simple. Those donating fill out a form with their basic information and list the type of hearing aids they’re donating. If you’d like to donate to the National Hearing Aid Project, visit their donation page.
Help America Hear
Previously Foundation for Sight and Sound, Help America Hear raises awareness and provides financial assistance to those with visual and/or auditory impairments. This is primarily by raising funds and providing donations to other charities and organizations that have either conducted research or provided assistance to impaired individuals.
To donate hearing aids to Help America Hear, simply visit their donation page and fill out the donation form, and include it in the package with the old hearing aids. If you’d like to donate to Help America Hear, visit their donation page.
Lions Club is another organization that ensures old hearing aids are put to good use by providing them to those in need. The Lions Club has Lions Hearing Aid Recycling Centers where you can drop off old hearing aids—Lions Club also has a program for old eyeglasses for those looking to donate both.
Lions Club is best used for those looking for an in-person drop-off, as they will redirect you to the National Hearing Aid Project if you’re planning on shipping used hearing aids. Visit the Lions Club’s website for more information.
Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Program
The Sertoma civic clubs fund the nonprofit program, Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Program. This program specifically is designated for low-income individuals who live in Oklahoma. Instructions on the donation and application process are found on the program’s webpage, where it includes the mailing address for hearing aid donations.
Starkey Hearing Foundation: Hear Now
The Starkey Hearing Foundation has a Hear Now program where they collect hearing aids for recycling purposes to donate to those with no other resources to attain hearing aids. To donate, simply package and ship your used hearing aids to the address listed on the Hear Now page.
Sometimes a local audiologist, library, optometrist, senior center, or community center will offer donation bins for hearing aid drop-offs. If you want to drop off in-person, this is a great way to donate as well. Thank you for giving the gift of hearing this holiday season!