Suffolk hearing care specialist, The Hearing Care Centre, has this month launched its brand new appeal to help thousands of hard-of-hearing individuals who have limited financial resources across the world.
The Suffolk Hearing Aid Recycling Scheme, which has been created in co-operation with Lions International, requires members of the public to donate unwanted, unused or broken hearing instruments, no matter how old or in what condition.
These hearing aids are then recycled, repaired or refurbished and sent to countries in need by Lions International representatives.
The World Health Organisation estimates that 278 million people worldwide have moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears. Yet, current annual production of hearing aids is estimated to meet less than 10% of global need.
The poor are especially affected because they are unable to afford the preventative care necessary to avoid hearing loss, or hearing aids to improve their hearing.
The Hearing Care Centre, who offers local, private hearing care services in Suffolk, has established well over a dozen donations points across the county, including GP Surgeries and Health Centres in: Botesdale, Bury St Edmunds, Eye, Felixstowe, Framlingham, Hadleigh, Halesworth, Ipswich, Needham Market, Newmarket, Southwold, Stowmarket and Woodbridge.
For those who live outside of Suffolk donations can also be made via post to: Recycling Scheme, The Hearing Care Centre, 5 High Street, Ipswich, IP1 3JZ.