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The Utah Department of Health's Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP) is seeking used hearing aids for families who cannot afford them and don't qualify for Medicaid.

The aids can cost from $1,000 to $3,000 or more. Each year, 150 Utah children are born with hearing problems.

The recycling program reconditions used devices that are in good shape. Those that can't be used are sold for salvage or sent to a manufacturer for credit toward the purchase of new hearing aids.

To donate hearing aids, make a cash donation, or to see if your child qualifies for HARP, call 801-584-8215.

Donors will receive a self-addressed, stamped packing envelope. The program also accepts assistive listening devices such as FM systems that can be used in school classrooms.

Send them on your own to Children's Hearing and Speech Services, 44 N. Mario Capecchi Drive, Salt Lake City, UT, 84113.