We are back for another day of “Lighten Up,” and today’s topic is what to do with old hearing aids.
Hearing aids have come a long way. I remember back when I was a child that my grandfather wore them. I had the impression that they were clunky and didn’t work particularly well. Today’s technology is amazing. Hearing aids are so small you can’t see them. They are adjustable, customized, and offer tremendous improvement.
As with eyeglasses, hearing aids don’t last forever. Although they can be adjusted by your audiologist, you may periodically need a new pair as either your hearing or the technology available changes. Additionally, you may find yourself clearing out a relative’s house and come across some. What should you do with them?
The first step is to remove the batteries (see Day 18).
Although hearing aids are largely made of plastic, they are not exclusively plastic, and they are quite small. Both of these characteristics make them inappropriate for single-stream recycling.
Instead, you can send them to the Hearing Aid Project. As they say on their website,
“A hearing aid that is no longer being used can make a big difference in someone else’s life – someone who could not afford a hearing aid without your donation. Donating a used hearing aid to the Hearing Aid Project can help a child hear his teacher in the classroom and excel in school. It could help a mother or father gain employment, or obtain a higher paying position. Even just one used hearing aid can give the gift of sound, and improve a person’s quality of life.”
To donate to this charity, you fill out an online donation form, and then send your supplies to: 720 Main Street, FL 1, Kansas City, MO 64105. The organization then emails you an itemized letter of acknowledgement.
If, while clearing out a space, you also come across medication that you need to dispose of, click here for information on how to proceed.
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As wonderful as they are, hearing aids are expensive. Getting them into the hands of someone who can use them is worth the effort.
Do you have any experience with hearing aids?