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Appeal for unwanted hearing aids


By Stuart Guy - Posted on 09 April 2014

Rotarian Paul Wood of the Rotary Club of Birmingham has collected over 21,000 redundant hearing aids to help children in developing countries who suffer from impaired hearing. As digital hearing aids replace analogue versions, Paul has been collecting the unwanted devices to give children in third world countries such as India the chance to hear for the first time.

The old hearing aids cannot be recycled in the UK, but there is a high demand for them in third world countries. Paul has been working with audiology centres in Warwick, Solihull and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to collect the vital equipment that can change so many lives.

Following the success of his collections in 2013, Paul is looking for people and organisations across the country to get involved to help reach his target for 2014. He commented: “We’re thrilled with the efforts of our local audiology centres as well as individual donations and we hope to take the collection nationwide.

“As digital hearing aids replace analogue versions, many people in the UK find themselves with these spare devices lying forgotten in their homes while only one in 40 people in the developing world who need a hearing aid has access to one.

“Imagine the look on a child’s face when they are supplied with a hearing device and can hear for the first time in their life. It makes all the effort worthwhile. In addition to unwanted hearing aids, we are also looking for a range of audiology equipment from hospitals such as batteries, otoscopes and audiometers."

To arrange to donate equipment please email Paul Wood.

The Rotary Club of BIrmingham is trying to attract young business people and is changing its meeting place, date and time from July.  To start with, there will be three Monday lunch time meetings (first, second and fourth weeks) at the Copthorne Hotel with 12.40 start and 14.00 finish and a Thursday meeting in the third week at the Fiddle & Bone, 4 Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B16 8AE.  It will start at 17.30 and finish at 18.30 finish with the opportunity to stay and have a meal and some fellowship after.  From February 2016, the format will be Monday lunch time meetings second and fourth week, Thursday late afternoon meetings first and third week, times being the same.  The members hope that the late afternoon meetings will attract business people from the city to join the Club as it is more convenient than Monday lunch time.  However, please check our website for any changes to this schedule as we are also planning meetings at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce when we get an appropriate speaker.

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