How to Support the National Hearing Aid Project

June 15, 2016

The mission of the National Hearing Aid Project is to provide access to hearing aids and related hearing health services to those that otherwise could not afford them. By becoming a collection center, establishing collection centers in your community, or doing an online fundraiser, your club can help us fulfill this mission.

Become a Collection Center:
Collected hearings aids of any age or condition will go directly to our Hearing Aid Bank where they will be put into an inventory for use by audiologists who have agreed to provide clinical services to recipients of the project. Sertoma headquarters can supply your clubs with brochures that give information about how to donate aids to us, or your club can simply collect them and send them in bulk to our headquarters.

Establish Collection Centers:
Start by making a list of possible sites in your community. Locations can include, but are not limited to:

  • Retirement/rest homes
  • Hospice programs
  • Funeral homes
  • Offices of audiologists and ENTs
  • Places of worship
  • Grocery stores

Following that, contact or visit each site and ask if they would consider being a collection center. We can provide you a flyer that explains the program and how to contact Hearing Charities for collection brochures and display stands. Then simply thank them for their time and your part is complete. All we ask is that you provide us a list of those you contacted so we may follow up.

If the site chooses to become a collection center, we will ship the materials directly to them. From the site www.hearingaiddonations.org, the collection center may also download a badge to add to their website.

Help Raise Funds:
As we approach the launch of the project, we will also be rolling out our personal fundraising website. You or your club can help by doing an online fundraiser on behalf of a hearing aid recipient, or to simply support the efforts of the project. The website makes it easy to personalize your page with a photo and story about why this cause matters to you, and sharing your page with family and friends is as easy as sending emails and posting to social media. We also welcome our members to hold their own community fundraiser to benefit the project. With your help we can ensure that the National Hearing Aid Project has a strong and successful start!

Join our efforts in supporting the National Hearing Aid Project, and contact us at hcoa@sertomhq.org with any questions regarding how you or your club get involved!

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4 Comments

  • John Stephens says:

    1-What is the address to mail hearing aids?
    2-Are there any printed materials that could be placed in various locations to aid in collecting hearing aids?
    3-How does one go about submitting a person for receipt of a hearing aid?

    • Merritt Whitley says:

      Hello John,

      Thank you for your interest in the National Hearing Aid Project. At this time, your contact information and inquiry has been sent directly to the National Hearing Aid Project Manager. The answers to your questions will be sent to you as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience and questions. If there is anything else we can do, please let us know!

      Thank you!
      Sertoma Inc.

  • Renee Ward says:

    Has the database been formed yet?
    Who will have access to the database once it is formed?
    If a candidate finds a match on the database, who will do the programming and fitting of the hearing aid?
    Thanks,
    Renee Ward

    • Merritt Whitley says:

      Hi Renee,

      Great questions. Your information has been sent to the National Hearing Aid Project Manager directly. She will be in contact with you shortly to address your questions in more depth. Thanks for taking interest!

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