Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP)

Do you know someone who has difficulty hearing but is unable to afford hearing aids?  The UWSHC Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP) provides free or low-cost reconditioned behind-the-ear hearing aids, ear molds, and batteries to individuals with low-incomes. This program is supported by generous donations from community members, Epic Systems Corporation, Starkey Hearing Technologies, the UW-Madison Student Academy of Audiology, and the former Sertoma Club of Madison.

Our clinic sees approximately one to two new HARP recipients per month during the academic year. Due the large number of HARP applicants and recipients, there is a waiting list for new HARP patients. If you are interested in the HARP program, please fill out, date, and submit an application. 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.

Financial Criteria

HARP is designed to be the program of last resort for people who have no other financial resources available. If an applicant has another source of funding for hearing aids, s/he is not eligible for the HARP program.  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.  See the HARP application for specific financial eligibility guidelines.


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 audiologists must also agree that the recipient will achieve reasonable benefit from the hearing aid(s).

  1. If you feel you are eligible after reviewing the eligibility requirements, please either:
    1. Complete the online HARP form, OR
    2. Complete, print, and e-mail or mail the PDF HARP 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 specific HARP program questions to Dr. Melanie Buhr-Lawler, HARP director at (608) 890-1504 or HARP@csd.wisc.edu.


HARP Dropoff Locations

Hearing Aid Drop-off Locations

  1. Goodnight Hall, UW Speech and Hearing Clinic
  2. Waisman Center
  3. UW Hospital and Clinics
  4. William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran's Hospital
  5. UW Hearing Services
  6. Dean Clinic Audiology Department
  7. Agrace HospiceCare
  8. St. Peter's Church
  9. Bethel Lutheran Church
  10. Cress Funeral Home, Madison
  11. Cress Funeral Home, Madison
  12. Cress Funeral Home, Sun Prairie
  13. Cress Funeral Home, Stoughton
  14. Cress Funeral Home, Madison
  15. Gunderson, Monona
  16. Joyce Ryan Funeral Home, Verona
  17. Joyce Ryan Funeral Home, Madison
  18. Ryan Funeral Home, DeForest
  19. Ryan Funeral Home, Madison

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 below.

Audiology Clinics

  • UW Speech and Hearing Clinic, RM 365, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI
  • 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
  • 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


  • The Colonial Club, 301 Blankenheim Lane, Sun Prairie, WI 53590