Donating Used Hearing Aids

Grandpa just died? Got a new cochlear implant? Just upgraded to digital from analog? Bought a hearing aid awhile ago but it did not work as well as you wanted and you're stuck with it? Don't throw out that old or unwanted hearing aidit may still have some life in it yet, and be of use to someone who can't afford a hearing aid! Your old hearing aid could make the difference in someone's life. For an adult in need, a used hearing aid can mean the ability to get or hold a job; for a child, it can mean being able to learn better due to having access to sound at last.

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Domestic Options for Used Hearing Aids

Hear Now

If your objective is to help someone in the United States, you can donate your used hearing aid to Hear Now in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, which is part of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Hear Now takes the donated hearing aids and has them repaired, then resells them. That revenue is used to buy newer hearing aids for people who can not afford them. The Hear Now address is
6700 Washington Avenue South
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Website: Starkey Hearing Foundation

Service Organizations

Many service organizations run hearing aid banks and other hearing aid recycling programs.

Lions Clubs

The Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP) enables Lions to provide affordable, refurbished hearing aids for individuals with limited financial resources. Lions currently maintain hearing aid recycling centers in Canada and in the United States. 

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus also collect used hearing aids.


Sertoma operates a Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Program (SHARP). Some Sertoma clubs have recycling programs; if your local Sertoma club does not have such a program, used hearing aids can be sent to Sertoma International’s Sponsorship Department.

State-specific Options

Individual states also have programs, some run by the state or even county governments. A few examples:

  • California:
  • John Tracy Clinic accepts used or unwanted hearing aids. The ones that are in good shape are used for children in their program; others are sent to manufacturers for parts re-use and credit towards the cost of refurbished hearing aids.
  • The House Ear Institute of Los Angeles will reportedly accept used hearing aids.
  • Utah: The state government of Utah has a Hearing Aid Recycling Program run by its Hearing, Speech and Vision Services agency in Salt Lake City.
  • Minnesota: Washington County, Minnesota has a "Take it Back" program with the participation of local businesses.

Miscellaneous Options

Some senior citizen centers also have hearing aid recycling programs, and some hearing aid companies will also receive used hearing aids for recycling. The Ear Research Foundation in Sarasota, Florida has such a program in direct cooperation with hearing aid manufacturers.


Saint John Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Inc. has a program called HARP (Hearing Aid Recycling Program) in New Brunswick.


Australia has several programs to collect and refurbish used hearing aids. Better Hearing Australia in Victoria; Self Help for Hard of Hearing in New South Wales; Expression Australia (formerly the Tasmanian Deaf Society) in Tasmania, and the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland are examples.

International Options for Used Hearing Aids

Perhaps you prefer that your used hearing aids go to help someone in need in another country. Again, service organizations have programs that provide such assistance internationally.

Rotary Clubs

The Rotary International Foundation has a program, Help the Children Hear, which often works with the Starkey Foundation to provide used hearing aids to recipients in countries such as the Philippines, Argentina, and Honduras. The program collects used hearing aids and also buys refurbished hearing aids from the Starkey Foundation: Help the Children Hear
PO Box 98
Caldwell, NJ 07006

Help the Aged

Help the Aged is a London-based organization that helps recipients in India through their partner organization, HelpAge India. The program can be contacted at HearingAid Appeal
Help the Aged
Tavis House
1-6 Tavisstock Square, London WC1H 9NA

Liga International

Liga International (The Flying Doctors of Mercy) accepts used hearing aids in any condition and provides hearing aids to children and others in Mexico.
1464 N. Fitzgerald Hangar 2
Rialto, CA 92376

Worldwide Hearing

Worldwide Hearing accepts used hearing aids and sends them to countries in Central and South America such as Mexico. Their address is
239 Notre-Dame St. W.
Suite 402
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1T4
Website: (The website has a photo album of the usually happy children receiving their hearing aids).

4 Sources
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  1. Starkey Hearing Foundation. Hear now FAQs.

  2. Lions Clubs. Hearing aid recycling program (HARP).

  3. Sertoma. SHARP. Sertoma hearing aid recycling program.

  4. Medical Home Portal. Hearing aid recycling program (HARP).

By Jamie Berke
 Jamie Berke is a deafness and hard of hearing expert.