What to Do with Your Used Hearing Aid

What to do with an old or used hearing aid is a question which arises for many people. The hearing aid might have belonged to a relative who no longer needs it, or it may be yours and has been supplanted by a better one or by a cochlear implant.

If the hearing aid was yours, the first option to consider it to keep it as a back up or a spare. If you lose or damage your new hearing aid and are without it for a period of time, you can revert back to your old one temporarily.

If the hearing aid was originally expensive and is in good working order, you can consider selling it on a forum such as eBay or Craig’s List. But first, make sure it is legal to sell used hearing aids in your state. Not all of them allow it. To attract qualified potential buyers, make sure that your ad contains all the relevant details including the manufacturer and model, the date of purchase and current condition, warranty and battery details and the reason you are selling it. It is a good idea to include pictures. To set a price, look up ads for similar hearing ads, and base your price on the range you find there; it is unlikely you’ll get what you originally paid for the unit.

But if you can afford it, one of the best options for disposing of an old hearing aid is to give it to someone who needs one. There are organizations that specialize in collecting used hearing aids and redistributing them to people who need one, but cannot afford them. U.S. organizations that collect hearing aids and give them to people who need them include Lions Clubs, Hear Now, and Sertoma. Worldwide Hearing is an international organization that specializes in distributing used hearing aids in developing countries.

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