Old devices could help developing countries

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PEOPLE are being called upon to donate their old hearing aids to help children in developing countries.

Specsavers Hearing Centres in Havant and Waterlooville are collecting donations for Sound Seekers, a charity dedicated to helping people, especially the young, who are deaf or hard of hearing in the world’s poorest communities.

It is hoped the donated devices, when reconditioned and reprogrammed, will help create a brighter future for those living with hearing loss in the developing world.

Clive Harrod, hearcare director at Specsavers Hearing Centres in Havant and Waterlooville, said: ‘Living in the UK, we are extremely lucky to have access to such robust hearing healthcare programmes. Oversees, charities like Sound Seekers are providing vital care to those who are not as fortunate.

Stuart Riddick, of Sound Seekers, added: ‘Without hearing and communicating, it’s hard to go to school, thrive in a community, or hold down a job. Your hearing aids could enable a child to stay in school or an adult stay in a job.’