Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP)

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Notes from HARPs director, Dr. Melanie Buhr-Lawler:

(8/05/2014): Due to a large number of recent HARP applicants and recipients, we currently have a waiting list for UW HARP patients. If you are interested in the HARP program, please fill out, date, and submit an application, and we will process it when we are able. We continue to welcome and appreciate used hearing aid donations to the program, as the donations are how we are able to provide refurbished hearing aids that patients receive.


The UWSHC Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP) provides free or low-cost reconditioned behind-the-ear hearing aids, ear molds, and batteries to low-income people who meet the program’s criteria. The HARP is supported by generous donations from community members, the former Sertoma organization of Madison, Starkey Hearing Technologies, and Epic Systems Corporation.


  • Financial criteria. HARP is designed to be the program of last resort for people who have no other practical financial resources available. Other options for assistance include private insurance, state Medicaid programs, BadgerCare, Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans Administration, church groups, family or friend assistance, or other state or local programs.

    HARP may not be the appropriate program for applicants who have family support or funds in money market accounts, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, IRAs, certificates of deposit (CDs), checking/saving accounts, stocks, bonds, or T-bills. HARP considers all these factors when determining eligibility.
  • Location. To provide complete support services, HARP gives preference to people living in Dane county and surrounding communities.
  • Audiologic criteria. People who have moderate to profound bilateral hearing loss are given highest priority because of the significant impact this can have on communication. Our audiologist must also agree that the recipient will achieve reasonable benefit from the hearing aid(s).


  1. If, after careful review of your situation, you feel you are eligible, please complete and submit the
    HARP application form .
  2. If you pass the financial screening, you will be seen at the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic for an audiological examination, which will be paid for by HARP.
  3. If, based on the results of the audiologic examination, you qualify for a hearing aid, the audiologist will provide a hearing aid evaluation, including earmold impressions if needed.
  4. Later, at a separate appointment, you will be fitted for a refurbished hearing aid(s) provided through the HARP program.

The HARP program has limited resources, but attempts to accommodate all qualified applicants provided continued funding remains available.

Please direct any questions to (608) 890-1504.

Hearing Aid Recycling Locations

Our hearing aid drop-off locations provide the program with an important source of aids and needed funding. Used hearing aids should not sit idle, so please drop off or mail any old hearing aids at one of the following locations:

Audiology clinics

  • UW Speech and Hearing Clinic, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI (drop off or mail to Melanie Buhr-Lawler, 365 Goodnight Hall, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706)
  • UW Hospital and Clinics, Audiology Section, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI
  • UW Hearing Services, 1 South Park Street, 6th Floor, Madison, WI
  • Dean Clinic Audiology Dept., 1313 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI
  • Waisman Center, South Tower Audiology Booth, 1500 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI
  • William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran's Hospital, Audiology, 2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison, WI

Funeral homes

  • Joyce Ryan Madison, 5701 Odana Road, Madison, WI
  • Joyce Ryan Verona, 118 N. Franklin Street, Verona, WI
  • Ryan Madison, 2418 N. Sherman Avenue, Madison, WI
  • Ryan DeForest, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest, WI
  • Cress Madison, 3610 Speedway Road; 3325 E. Washington Avenue; 6021 University Avenue, Madison, WI
  • Cress Stoughton, 206 West Prospect Street, Stoughton, WI
  • Cress Sun Prairie, 1310 Emerald Terrace, Sun Prairie, WI
  • Gunderson, 5203 Monona Drive, Monona, WI


  • St. Peters Church, 5001 N. Sherman Avenue, Madison, WI
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI


  • Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI