If you are upgrading to a new set of hearing aids for yourself or cleaning out your grandparents’ home, please don’t throw away those old hearing aids. They could help change someone’s life in ways you just couldn’t imagine.
When you donate hearing aids to one of our NewSound Hearing Aid Centers, they are sent to the Starkey Hearing Foundation. There they are refurbished to be bequeathed to someone who would otherwise never receive the gift of hearing. All styles of hearing aids are needed. Even custom In-The-Ear (ITE) models can be reshelled.
Recycled hearing aids offer many benefits to the unfortunate who have hearing disabilities. Hearing aids can enable an adult to hold a job and provide for a family and allow a child to overcome language barriers and attend school. Your donated hearing aids promote hope for those who didn’t think there was any.
According to the World Health Organization, over 360 million people have disabling hearing loss. The majority of these people live in undeveloped countries. For over 30 years the Starkey Hearing Foundation has donated hearing aids in the United States and in over 100 countries around the world.
I was fortunate enough to participate in the “So Peru May Hear” Mission trip with the Starkey Hearing Foundation in October 2015. We fit hearing aids on an average of 500 people a day over 6 days. We fit people of all ages. Some had lost hearing over time and some had never heard before. It was an experience like no other.
I urge you to visit starkeyhearingfoundation.org and watch some of the inspiring and emotional videos from mission trips around the world. I promise you will never look at an old set of hearing aids the same.
For more information on donating hearing aids or even volunteering a little time to help folks with hearing disabilities, here are a few organizations I highly recommend.
- Starkey Hearing Foundation
- The Lions Club
- The Knights of Columbus
- The Rotary International Foundation
Also note that donating hearing aids to a qualified charitable organization is a tax deductible event. Visit irs.gov or speak to your tax professional for more information.
“Blindness separates us from things; deafness separates us from people”
— Helen Keller