Helping to address hearing loss and deafness
In the UK, one in six people are affected by hearing loss. Deafness is the country’s second largest disability. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2050 over 900 million people globally will experience disabling hearing loss. Here’s how Lions Clubs throughout the British Isles can get involved:
Deaf awareness training
The Lions Hearing Forum, launched in 2014, is a Multiple District project helping Lions Clubs and members of the public to become more aware of the challenges presented by deafness and hearing impairment, and how these can be addressed.
Deaf awareness training sessions, run by Lions members, can be organised in local communities.
Collect used hearing equipment
Lions Clubs are invited to collect unwanted, or broken, analogue and digital hearing aids and audiological equipment from individuals, audiologists, hearing retail outlets and hospitals. Since May 2015, Lions have collected almost 90,000 hearing aids and ancillary items.
Dr Michael Nolan of the Starkey Hearing Foundation receives donations for sorting and refurbishment. Adults and children with hearing impairment whose lives have been transformed after receiving recycled hearing equipment live in countries including: Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Lesotho, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Madagascar, Ukraine, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, Philippines and Papua New Guinea
For more inforrmation contact:
Lion Derek Rutter by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01354 651892
Or email: Dr Michael Nolan on Michael_nolan@starkeyfoundation.org
3 Ways to donate used hearing equipment
You can send a small number of hearing aids – do not include boxes or batteries – by post to: Dr Michael Nolan, Lumb Gaps Barn, Haslingden Old Road, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire BB4 8TT.
Hearing aids and equipment can be included with donations of used spectacles being sent to Chichester Lions Club for forwarding to Dr Nolan. See link below for details of donating used spectacles.
Large donations can be sent to Dr Nolan (at the above address) free of charge (excluding Ireland) using Parcel Force. Follow these steps:
- Pack the donation – include a note detailing which Lions Club has donated, and provide a contact address or email so an acknowledgement of receipt can be sent.
- Call 0344 800 4466 and follow voice instructions for those with a contract.
- Quote contract number: R233259, say this if for: Lions Clubs International, and ask for 48 hour service.
- Provide details to arrange for the package to be collected.
Other Lions recycling initiatives
For more information on Lions Clubs involvement in spectacle recycling see: http://lionsclubs.co/MemberArea/spectacles-recycling/