Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS, Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center
Don’t throw away those old hearing aids! (And don’t leave them sitting in a drawer.) Regardless of age or style, used hearing aids are potentially valuable. No matter who the devices were originally fitted to, used hearing aids may hold value to you or someone in need. Hearing aids can be traded in or donated for refurbishment or recycling.
Some hearing aids may have value when traded in for credit towards new technology. A change in hearing loss, need for a different style, or accessibility improvements such as iPhone connectivity or other devices may necessitate getting new hearing aids. When traded in, more recent technology can be refurbished for use by others. For sanitary reasons, the manufacturer should deep clean the devices and verify they are working correctly prior to being worn by someone else. If the technology is not outdated, refurbished hearing aids can be used as loaners in a practice or sold as a lower cost option.
Outdated or broken hearing aids that may seem obsolete can be recycled. At Blue Ribbon Hearing and Tinnitus Center, we support the Starkey Hearing Foundation and send them all donated hearing aids.
The mission of the foundation is to provide hearing aids to those who cannot afford them around the globe. Donated aids are disassembled and individual components are recycled and reused in devices that are distributed throughout the world. Donated aids can be valuable to you as a tax deduction, and valuable to those who receive the gift of hearing from your donation.
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