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Kentucky Assistive Technology Network collecting used hearing aids to be refurbished and reused

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It may sound too good to be true, but a local organization plans to help hundreds of people with hearing loss in Kentucky.

The organization is collecting used hearing aids. The plan is to clean and refurbish the hearing devices and then put them in the ears of people in need.

"Usually, when I get home at night, I try to make sure the battery compartment is open," said John Perry, who suffers from hearing loss.

Perry is trying to get just a few more months out of his hearing aids.

"They're quite old, I am definitely due for an upgrade but insurance doesn't pay for them," said Perry.

Perry's hearing aids are nearly 10 years old.

"New ones are quite expensive," He explained.

Neither insurance nor Medicare will help cover the cost of new hearing aids, but there is one other option in the works.

"We are collecting any and all hearing aids," said Jim Brown, with KATS.

Brown is coordinator for the Kentucky Assistive Technology Network or KATS.  He says, "We're asking people individuals to donate old hearing aids that they have."

The organization is refurbishing the used hearing aids and putting them in the ears of people who can't afford to spend several thousand dollars on new ones.

"There has been a huge call in this area," said Brown.

Brown says new hearing aids are expensive and thousands in Kentucky are doing without. "It can run in the thousands, you know you are looking at 2 to 3 to 4 thousand dollars for hearing aids."

"You could get a used car for that and these things are expensive, they break," said Perry.

That's why the KATS option sounds good to Perry.

"That's money that can go for other health needs verses the hearing aids," said Perry.

The organization Plans to start giving out the refurbished hearing aids in the next few months.

You can find information about donating or even getting one of the refurbished hearing aids here.

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