Specsavers in Hartlepool is doing its bit for charity by appealing for old hearing aids from customers to donate to people in the developing world.
Hearing Centre in Hartlepool for Four Years
The opticians, which has been dispensing hearing aids to the town for more than four years, has teamed up with Sound Seekers, a charity dedicated to helping deaf and hearing impaired in the poorest communities across Africa.
Just one in 40 people in need of a hearing aid have one
The opticians will donate the recycled hearing aids to the charity for use in their projects across Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia. Sound Seekers is currently helping to build a secondary school for deaf children in Kenya which has a deaf population of 625,000 people. Only one in 40 currently have a hearing aid.
Director of the Specsavers in Hartlepool, Ian Walker said: ‘We are known for our glasses collections, however many are unaware we can make use of old hearing aids as well. By supporting Sound Seekers we can help in finishing the deaf school and providing a solution to the issues these children face, plus an education which will help them live their lives to the full.
‘Very often an old hearing aid is something people keep stored away in a drawer but by donating it to Sound Seekers, it can make a real difference to someone’s life.
‘We are keen to raise further awareness of the scheme so we would urge anyone who can help to donate in store.’
A collection bin for donated hearing aids is now permanently located inside the Specsavers store in Hartlepool.