New Hearing Aid Donation Program

Released: 12/04/17

Used hearing aids to benefit local patients

Winneshiek Medical Center Decorah Clinic Audiology has announced a new hearing aid recycling program. The program, in partnership with Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation, allows anyone to donate any brand of used hearing aids which are in turn sent in for rebate dollars from Starkey Foundation. The rebate dollars are allocated to patients who need assistance paying for hearing aids or hearing aid supplies.

“We are able to refurbish some of the donated hearing aids to loan out to patients as well,” says Cynthia See, Au.D., Mayo Clinic Health System audiologist at WMC Decorah Clinic. “Patients appreciate the opportunity to wear these demo models to experience how hearing aids can change their quality of life before making a decision to purchase.”

To donate used hearing aids, simply contact Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation and you may request a tax-deductible donation receipt if you choose. “We’re pleased to be a partner for this program,” says Holly Kanengeiter, WMC Foundation coordinator. “It’s another way we can address the health needs of our community and support those patients who are dealing with hearing loss.”

Winneshiek Medical Center Audiology specializes in evaluating and treating patients with hearing loss. In addition to fitting hearing aids, Dr. See can help with concerns about hearing, ringing of the ears, dizziness, ear fullness, ear drainage, and more. Top-quality hearing products/supplies are available at Decorah Clinic lower level reception desk. Including hearing aid batteries (by the pack or case), audiowipes, dehumidifiers, wax guards and wax loops. For more information on the WMC hearing aid recycling program or audiology services, visit http://www.winmedical.org/our-services/clinics/audiology/hearing-aid-donation-program/.

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