Deaf Awareness

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: or telephone: 01354 651892
Or email: Dr Michael Nolan on

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.
"Thank your for your donations. A recent story from Sri Lanka let me know of a local Tuk Tuk taxi driver who had given up his work owing to difficulties hearing instructions from his passengers. Thanks to a donated hearing aid, he is now back at work and able to support his wife and children. Without Lions help, the family's future would have been very bleak."
Dr Michael Nolan
Audiological Consultant

Other Lions recycling initiatives

For more information on Lions Clubs involvement in spectacle recycling see: