If you are having hearing problems, but think you can’t afford a hearing aid, a local Lions Club may be able to help.
Lions Clubs International have been collecting eyeglasses for years, and now Lions Clubs in the district representing Minnesota, Manitoba and Sasketchewan are also collecting used hearing aids.
Working with Starkey, a hearing aid company, the Lions collect the hearing aids at collection boxes throughout the community. In Sauk Centre, sites include but are not limited to Unger Furniture, First Lutheran Church and Coborn’s. The used hearing aids are sent to Starkey who recycles the usable parts, giving the Lions a credit balance so they can establish a revolving fund.
People eligible for the program need to have income under the government poverty level. They will have to provide a balance sheet as well as their tax returns for verification.
Those who qualify will work with an audiologist who does the testing at Medical Assistance rates at the Amdahl Hearing Centers in Alexandria and St. Cloud. Once testing is done, then selection and fitting of the hearing aid that best fits the individual is completed by Amdahl, who orders the hearing aid from Starkey.
For more information about the program, in Sauk Centre call Lions Club member Richard Betlock at (320) 352-2773.