One of the country's only schemes collecting unwanted and unused hearing devices has made its biggest donation yet to charity.
The Hearing Care Centre has collected over 8,000 individual hearing instruments and hundreds more pieces of assistive equipment in an initiative to tackle hearing loss in developing countries.
We established our ‘Hearing Aid Recycling Scheme’ in April 2011 encouraging members of the public to donate unwanted, unused or broken hearing instruments.
The latest haul of equipment has been collected over a 30-month period and was presented to Lions Club International, who work with a number of initiatives around the world helping people in third world countries, that would otherwise have no access to hearing healthcare. The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2050 over 900 million people globally will experience significant hearing loss.
Karen Finch, Managing Director of The Hearing Care Centre, is passionate about enabling everyone to hear to their full potential, “So many hearing aids sit in people’s top draw and never see the light of day again. Somebody could be benefitting from these incredible devices, and this is what this scheme aims to achieve. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has made a donation.”
Mark Keable, President of the Lions Club in Ipswich (pictured above) said “Each year the President of the Lions Club elects a ‘President’s Project’ and this year mine is for the Suffolk Deaf Association. Therefore, this scheme could not be more relevant to what I am trying to achieve, I am thrilled that we have been able to facilitate the donation of such a large number of hearing systems that will change the lives of so many.”
To find out more about the hearing aid recycling scheme and how you can get involved, visit hearingcarecentre.co.uk/hearing-aid-recycling