BANGOR – The Warren Center for Communication & Learning, Bangor’s professional, not-for-profit speech and hearing center, announces its Regional Hearing Aid Bank, or ReHAB, program. The program is designed to recycle behind-the-ear model hearing aids, or BTEs, reconditioning the aids and then providing them to those who are in need.
Since the program’s first placement in February, the Warren Center has placed four BTEs, and four other donated BTEs are in the process of being placed. The waiting list for such services is long. Eligibility information and applications are available at the Warren Center.
Warren Center audiologist Dr. Amanda L. Sandera-Samoluk stated the program is essential to the community because it provides hearing aids to those who can’t afford them.
All brands of BTEs are acceptable for use in the ReHAB program as long as they are not in-the-ear models. Those who may have purchased newer hearing aids may be interested in donating their older model BTEs. Children who wear hearing aids eventually may outgrow them and those too will be valuable for someone in need.
Donations to the ReHAB program are tax-deductible; donors will be provided with a letter stating the value of the hearing aid donated.
For more information on the Warren Center ReHAB program, eligibility requirements, or to donate a hearing aid, contact Dr. Samoluk at 941-2850 or visit the center at 175 Union St. Bangor.