Hear ye, hear ye! Old and broken hearing aids needed!18:00 14/07/2011
Hearing specialists at UHCW NHS Trust are urging the public to send them their old and broken hearing aids.
The team of audiologists are holding a hearing aid amnesty during July and want the public and former patients to send in any unused NHS hearing aids, faulty or working, along with the name and address of the patient they were issued to.
The Trust will then send them to hearing aid company Starkey which posts them to its Starkey Hearing Foundation, which refurbishes them to be used in third world countries as required.
Samantha Batty, Principal Adult Audiologist at UHCW NHS Trust, has organised the amnesty. She said: “We know that often people have old hearing aids that have broken or been replaced and they’ve never got around to doing anything with them.
“In June, if they simply post them to us or drop them in to the clinic if they’re on site, we will send them to one of our hearing aid suppliers who reconditions them and then transports them to third world countries.
“One patient’s actions can mean that an old unused hearing aid in Coventry can be given a new lease of life and help improve the hearing of some of the poorest people in the world thousands of miles away.”
Old hearing aids should be sent to Samantha Batty, The Centre for Hearing & Balance, Outpatients Clinic 8, University Hospital, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry, CV2 2DX or to Samantha Batty, care of Outpatients Department, Hospital of St Cross, Barby Road, Rugby, CV22 5PX.
Hearing aids can also be dropped off at Outpatients Clinic 8 reception in the Outpatients Department, Ground Floor, University Hospital.
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