Recycled Sound
 
 
 
Jan Sigley, a member of the Rotary Club of Toorak, was introduced by Dianne Honey. Jan first paid tribute to Dianne and the club for their heavy involvement in supporting the programme which recycles unwanted hearing aids.  Jan’s involvement in Recycled Sound came about through a chance remark she made to a guest speaker from Blamey Saunders.  It has grown from there with over 1700 hearing aids worth $4 million placed back into the community.
Recycled Sound is a Community Service Project initiated by the Rotary Club of Toorak to collect, clean, reprogram and recycle hearing aids. The refurbished hearing aids are given to the Victorian Hearing Aid Bank. They are provided to  people who are unable to meet the expense of purchasing hearing aids which can range from $5000 to $10,000.
Many people simply struggle to live with their hearing loss. The issue mainly affects people in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, who represent our community’s most marginalised and disadvantaged. Between the ages of 24 to 65 there is no subsidy for hearing aids.
Audiologists from Blamey Saunders  and Better Hearing Australia undertake specialist cleaning and reprogramming to enable the hearing aids to be recycled. Apart from this project being a humanitarian one, it is also reducing the impact on the environment by taking the unwanted products out of landfill.
The Rotary Club of Maffra has collection points in four pharmacies; Maffra, Stratford, Priceline-Gippsland Shopping Centre and Balfours-Sale.
If you have any unwanted hearing aids and accessories that are no longer required, please donate them to the Rotary Club of Maffra for recycling. Phone Dianne on 0413569954 or email rotaryclubmaffra@gmail.com