TROY — Troy residents can now recycle used and unwanted hearing aids to help others in Miami County. The Troy Lions Club, known for recycling eyeglasses, have started a new project to also recycle hearing aids. All of the used hearing aids will be cleaned and reprogramed by hearing professionals to help financially eligible Miami County residents obtain better hearing.
The key to this new program is the collaboration of the local Lions club with Upper Valley Hearing and Balance.
“Today’s hearing aids are like small computers that can be programed for an individual’s needs,” said Troy Lions Club member Steve Kaplan. “The doctors of audiology at Upper Valley Hearing and Balance were already helping people that could not afford new aids in this way. The problem was a lack of used hearing aids to work with. Hopefully we can help fill in that shortage.”
To kick off this new project, the Troy Lions Club will hold a “Collection Saturday” from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 at the Troy-Miami County Public Library. Residents that have older, used and unwanted hearing aids are encouraged to donate them at this time. Lions Club members will be on hand to accept the aids and answer any questions. After the Saturday event, the club will have a special collection box permanently at the library. Hearing aids can be dropped off there any time.
The Lions will continue to collect and recycle used eyeglasses with their collection boxes around town. They ask that hearing aids be taken to the special box at the library.
“Since Lions Club purchase new eyeglasses for people that can’t afford them here in the United States, used eyeglasses that are collected are recycled to developing countries in Central and South America,” Kaplan said. “One of the exciting things about this hearing aid project is that, thanks to Upper Valley Hearing and Balance, the donated aids will stay here in Miami County to help local residents.”
The Troy Lions Club is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to community service. The club helps income-eligible individuals obtain eye exams and glasses, and provides pre-school vision screenings. The Troy Lions Club also provides scholarships and supports many community programs.
For more information visit their website at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/Troy_OH or call 335-7345.