Within the last few years there has been a significant "green" movement. Our children are being taught songs about the 3 R's (reduce-reuse-recycle) and curbside recycling is now a standard in most communities. Instead of throwing out used goods the first thought now, thanks to the green movement, is to "pass it on". So when it comes to hearing aids, is it ok to pass them on or better yet wear them?
Wearing Used Hearing Aids
The answer is both yes and no. First if the hearing aids are behind-the- ear (BTE) hearing aids the answer is yes. If they are custom in-the-ear hearing aids, the answer is no. BTE hearing aids are more of a universal fit and when coupled with a new custom earmold they can be fit to a new person; however, it must first be determined if the BTE hearing aids are working properly and are appropriate for the hearing loss of the new wearer. To determine if the hearing aids are appropriate a full hearing test must be performed on the person wishing to wear the hearing aids to determine the amount of hearing loss. The hearing aids then must be tested and evaluated by a hearing professional to determine if they are functioning properly and if they will be appropriate for the hearing loss.
Donating Used Hearing Aids
You have purchased new hearing aids or perhaps a loved one has left behind a pair of BTE hearing aids, and you'd like to pass them on to someone in need. Good news, there are many organizations that accept used hearing aids and distribute them to persons in need. Don't throw them away, instead learn more about the various organziations who accept used hearing aids by reading Used Hearing Aids at Healthy Hearing. This article also discusses the process of determining if used hearing aids are appropriate for you.