Financial Assistance Resources
PROGRAMS AND FOUNDATIONS
CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS
Children with hearing loss might be able to receive hearing assistive technology at no cost if their Individualized Education Program (IEP) which specifies that they need the assistive technology (such as hearing aids or FM systems) in order to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). For more information, see the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
COLLEGE STUDENTS / WORKING PEOPLE
Prospective and current college students and other people of working age might qualify for financial assistance for hearing aids, assistive technology, and other rehabilitative services from state vocational rehabilitation agencies. If you are working but concerned you could lose your job because of your hearing loss, you might be eligible for services on that basis.
GUIDE TO COLLEGE PLANNING FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED STUDENTS
The transition from high school to college is a considerable process that can prove to be a source of significant pressure for students. This transition places particular weight upon the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. About 20,000 deaf or hard of hearing students attend college in the U.S. every year, and the challenges they face and accommodations they require pose a great personal strain.
It’s our goal at BestColleges.com to provide students with the knowledge and resources they need to succeed. We’ve created a guide to college planning for deaf and hard of hearing students, a free source of information breaking down the transition process, accommodations, scholarships, and more that hearing-impaired students should be prepared with.
HEARING AID BANKS / PROGRAMS
Local agencies serving people who are hard of hearing or deaf might also know about local hearing aid banks and other resources, such as clinics that provide services on a sliding scale basis according to income, state assistive technology loan programs, and state financial assistance programs for children with disabilities. Some states might also have hearing aid loan programs. For example, the Kansas Infant/Toddler Hearing Aid Loan Bank is a short-term hearing aid loan program for children up to three years old who have been newly identified with a hearing loss.
In some states, people with low income might qualify for hearing aids through Medicaid. People with higher income may temporarily qualify for assistance with medical expenses, including hearing aids, through the “medically needy program” administered by the county social service agency. Look in the Government section of the telephone.
STATE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS
State assistive technology programs might provide temporary loans of equipment, loans for purchasing equipment, information and referral services, and demonstration centers. To find out more about your state’s programs, visit the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Catalyst Project website.
STATE TELEPHONE PROGRAMS
State telephone equipment programs can be found via the Telephone Equipment Distribution Program Association (TEDPA). These programs vary quite widely in what they provide and what their eligibility requirements are, but some provide free or low-cost telephone equipment to eligible residents.
Veterans of military service might qualify for assistance with hearing aids and other rehabilitative services; contact the medical facility for the appropriate branch of the military. Reduced cost assistive listening systems for retired and active-duty military service members and their families – In an effort to improve the quality of life for those who serve our country, Williams Sound has proudly teamed with the Military Audiology Association (MAA) to offer the Retiree Assistive Listening Devices (RALD) program to both retired and active-duty military service members and their families.
The RALD program was created to provide these individuals access to assistive listening devices (ALDs) at a reduced cost, along with free personalized telephone support. For more information on RALD, please visit Williams Sound or Military Audiology Association Veterans Now Eligible for Telecommunications Equipment from Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH).
VDDHH program provides equipment for military veterans living with hearing or speech loss. Adaptive telecommunications equipment, including text telephones (TTY), captioned telephones and other devices are available to individuals who meet certain qualifications.
In many situations, organizations, government agencies, educational institutions and employers are required by federal or state law to provide auxiliary aids and services for communication access (but not hearing aids). Some of these situations are: employers with 15 or more employees, hotels, hospitals, senior centers and residential facilities. If you are inquiring about communication assistance in one of these situations, call the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center at 800.949.4232 (V/TTY) for more information or visit their website at ADATA.
Resource names also are linkable Many of your local civic organizations, such as the Kiwanis, may be able to provide financial assistance to purchase or acquire hearing aids and other assistive devices. Check your local phone directories or your local Chamber of Commerce for a listing of civic organizations in your area.
The following are national or state resources for assistance:
An affiliate of the EPIC Hearing Healthcare and Northwest Lions Foundation 17870 Castleton Street, Suite #320 City of Industry, CA 91748 866.956.5400 626.435.0188 Fax Email: [email protected] http://www.audientalliance.org/
BETTER HEARING INSTITUTE
Financial Assistance Guide 1444 I Street, NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20005. The Nation’s Voice for People with Hearing Loss www.hearingloss.org . EAR-WELL Email: [email protected] http://betterhearing.org/publications/eGuides/index.cfm
CAROLINA CHILDREN’S COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS PROGRAM
State funded program for North Carolina. Provide full coverage of hearing aids to children. Located at the University of North Carolina; however, families are welcomed and encouraged to receive their hearing aid fitting and care locally. Also are able to provide assistance with cochlear implant costs.
The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at NC 5501 Fortunes Ridge Drive, Suite A Durham, NC 27713 919.419.1449 – Voice 919.419.1399 – Fax http://www.med.unc.edu/earandhearing/pediatric-services/cccdpgrant/coverage
CHILDREN OF THE SILENT WORLD
Assists children from low-income families with purchasing hearing aids P.O. Box 2425 Cridersville, OH 45806. https://www.answers4families.org/family/grandparent-caregivers/health-care/fundingtoolkit-parents/children-silent-world
DISABLED CHILDREN’S RELIEF FUND
Provides assistance to families of children with disabilities, with preference for children with physical disabilities and little or no health insurance. P.O. Box 89 Freeport, NY 11520 516.377.1605 – Voice http://www.betterhearing.org/hearingpedia/hearing-loss-resources/children/disabledchildrens-relief-fund
DOROTHY AMES TRUST FUND
Assists children in New England states with hearing aids and assistive technology. Key Bank Trust Client Services Attn: Ed Deluccia Mail Code NY-31-66-0442 66 South Pearl Street, 4th Floor P.O. Box 22042 Albany, NY 12201 866.238.8650 – Voice 518.257.9662 – Voice 518.257.9670 – Fax http://www.betterhearing.org/hearingpedia/hearing-loss-resources/financialassistance/dorothy-ames-trust-fund
More than 400 local service centers with varying services; some assist low-income adults and children with hearing aids and other rehabilitative devices. 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60606 312.726.6200 – Voice 312 726.4258 – TTY 312 726-1494 – Fax 800-221-6827 http://www.easter-seals.org/
FOUNDATION FOR SIGHT & SOUND
The Foundation for Sight & Sound provides hearing aids to individuals with limited financial resources. P.O. Box 1245 Smithtown, NY 11787 888.580.8886 Email: [email protected]foundationforsightandsound.org . http://www.foundationforsightandsound.org/
GEORGIA LIONS LIGHTHOUSE FOUNDATION
The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation provides hearing aid assistance for approximately 1,000 low-income Georgia residents every year. The Lighthouse partners with 150 hearing providers across the state, four hearing aid manufacturers, and multiple other health organizations to provide these services. The program is funded in large part by the Georgia Public Service Commission. 5582 Peachtree Road Atlanta, GA 30341 404.325.3630 – Voice 800.718.7483 – Voice, Outside Metro Atlanta 404. 636.5549 – Fax http://www.lionslighthouse.org/
GIFT OF HEARING FOUNDATION
Working closely with the medical community, the Gift of Hearing Foundation will provide financial support to help a select number of economically disadvantaged patients receive cochlear implants. Can provide financial assistance to those whose insurance coverage will not provide for the cost of cochlear implants. 95 Old Boston Neck Road Narragansett, RI 02882 617.661.4327 (HEAR) – Voice or Text Email: [email protected] http://www.giftofhearingfoundation.org/
Helping low income people break the barrier of the high cost of hearing aids by providing quality new and used hearing aids at a very affordable price. Financial assistance is available. 6003 West Overland Road, Suite 105 Boise, ID 83709 208.724.3155 Email: [email protected] http://www.hearinghealth4u.org/
HELP KIDS HEAR
Founded by parents of children with hearing loss and is dedicated to helping parents find the information and resources they need in dealing with a deaf/hard of hearing child. Email: [email protected] http://www.helpkidshear.org/
HIKE FUND, INC.
Provides low-income children from birth up to the age of twenty years with hearing aids and assistive devices. (Supported by Job’s Daughters International). The HIKE Fund, Inc. c/o John Hauser, Executive Secretary 530 Elliott Street Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0202 712.325.0812 Email: [email protected] http://www.thehikefund.org/
JOHN TRACY CLINIC
The John Tracy Clinic provides parent-centered services worldwide to young children with hearing loss, offering hope, guidance and encouragement. 806 West Adams Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90007-2505 213.748.5481 Voice 213.749.1651 Fax 213.747.2924 TTY 800.522.4582 Email: [email protected] http://www.jtc.org/
LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL
Assists individuals on low income with purchasing hearing aids. 300 West 22nd Street Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842 630.571.5466 Email: [email protected] http://www.lionsclubs.org/
Provides aids and services to hearing impaired youth. Optimist International Youth Program Help Them Hear Program Contact your local Optimist Club 800.500.8130 http://www.optimist.org/
Assists persons on low-income with purchasing hearing aids. 1912 East Meyer Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64132-9990 816.333.8300 – Voice 816 333.4320 – Fax http://www.sertoma.org/
TRAVELERS PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION
Provides assistance for mechanical devices, medical care, and/or specialized education or treatment, to those who demonstrate financial need. Grants may be used to purchase hearing aids, assistive listening equipment, or may help with the cost of a cochlear implant. Applies to U.S. citizens only. Go to website, click on Scholarship Trust. 3755 Lindell Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63108 314.371.0533 – Voice 314.371.0537 – Fax http://www.tpahq.org/
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND HEARING AND SPEECH CLINIC
Provides speech-language therapy, hearing evaluations, and aural rehabilitation services to the community at reasonable fees. NOTE: This is one example of a university that offers these services. Check universities in your area with hearing and speech clinics, they might offer similar services. 0100 Samuel J. LeFrak Hall College Park, MD 20742 301.405.4213 – Voice 301.314.2023 – Fax Email: [email protected] http://hesp.umd.edu/landing/
The Nation’s Voice for People with Hearing Loss hearingloss.org
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 657.2248
The information noted herein is provided in the websites listed. We are not responsible for contact information that is not current or valid. If you find any contacts not working, please let us know by email to [email protected] Updated July 20, 2016