The following are national or state resources for financial assistance. List is courtesy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (www.asha.org)

FUNDING RESOURCES THROUGH LOCAL AGENCIES/PROGRAMS:
Audiology Services and Hearing Aids

AUDIENT ALLIANCE

An affiliate of the Northwest Lions Foundation for Sight & Hearing
EPIC Hearing Healthcare

17870 Castleton St. Suite #320
City of Industry, CA 91748
626-435-0188 Fax
1-866-956-5400
E-mail: info@audientalliance.org
Website: http://www.audientalliance.org

BETTER HEARING INSTITUTE

Financial Assistance Guide

1444 I Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 449-1100 Voice
(202) 216-9646 Fax
1-800-EAR-WELL
Website: http://betterhearing.org

CHILDREN OF THE SILENT WORLD
Assists low-income children with purchasing hearing aids.
P.O. Box 2425
Cridersville, OH 45806

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, New York 11520
(516) 377-1605 Voice
(516) 377-3978 Fax
Website: http://www.dcrf.com/

DOROTHY AMES TRUST FUND

Assists children in New England states with hearing aids and assistive technology.

Christine L. Cook, Assistant Vice President Trust Officer
Key Trust Company of Maine
P.O. Box 1054
Augusta, ME 04332-1054
(207) 623-5527 Voice
(207) 623-5662 Fax

EASTER SEALS

Over 400 local service centers with varying services; some assist low-income adults and children with hearing aids and other rehabilitative devices.

230 West Monroe Street, Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 726-6200 Voice
(312) 726-4258 TTY
(312) 726-1494 Fax
1-800-221-6827 Toll-free
Website: 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
(631) 366-3461
E-mail: info@foundationforsightandsound.org
Website: www.foundationforsightandsound.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 CI Implants.

95 Old Boston Neck Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
(617) 661-HEAR (4327)
E-mail: info@giftofhearingfoundation.org
Website: http://www.giftofhearingfoundation.org

HEAR NOW

Provides recycled and used hearing aids to low-income persons.

6700 Washington Avenue South
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
1-800-648-4327 V/TTY
Website: www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org

HEARINGHEALTH4U

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 available.

33 E Idaho Ave #200
Meridian, ID 83642
(208) 571-1934
Website: http://www.hearinghealth4u.com

HELP KIDS HEAR.org

Founded by parents of hard of hearing kids and is dedicated to helping parents find the information and resources they need in dealing with a deaf/hard of hearing (DHH) child.

E-mail: info@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 Hike Board Executive Secretary
10115 Cherryhill Pl.
Spring Hill, FL 34608-7116
(352) 688-2579 Voice and Fax
E-mail: ceterrill1@aol.com
Website: http://www.thehikefund.org

 

 

 

 

HOPE FOR HEARING FOUNDATION
AND HEARING AID BANK

(has moved to JOHN TRACY CLINIC)
Offers hope, guidance and encouragement to families of infants and preschool children with hearing losses by providing free, parent-centered services worldwide.

806 West Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007-2505
(213) 748-5481 Voice
(213) 749-1651 Fax
(213) 747-2924 TTY
Toll-free in U.S: (800) 522-4582
Website: http://www.jtc.org/

Let Them Hear Foundation
1900 University Avenue, Suite 101
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-462-3143
Fax: 650-462-3144

The Let Them Hear Foundation was established in 2003 and is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation in the State of California. This Foundation offers a Cochlear Implant and Pediatric Hearing Aid Program providing services to patients in Northern California and around the world.

 

LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL

Assists low income individuals with purchasing hearing aids.

300 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842
E-mail: programs@lionsclubs.org
Website: http://www.lionsclubs.org

MIRACLE-EAR FOUNDATION

Serves children and adults with hearing loss who have exhausted all possible resources for their hearing health with hearing aids. Visit a Miracle-Ear store to learn about eligibility or to apply.

5000 Cheshire Parkway N
Plymouth, MN 55446
1-800-234-5422
Website: http://www.miracle-earfoundation.org

OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL

Provides aids and services to hearing impaired youth.

Optimist International Youth Program
Help Them Hear Program
Contact your local Optimist Club
1-800-500-8130
Website: http://www.optimist.org

The Pediatric Hearing Aid Loaner Bank (Oticon)
Oticon, Inc.
29 Schoolhouse Road
Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone: 800-526-3921
Fax: 732-560-0029

The Hearing Aid Loaner Bank is a program offered by Oticon Pediatrics and provides hearing aids for children, birth to three, who are in need of immediate amplification and are waiting for 3rd party reimbursement.

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation
MN017-W400
P.O. Box 41
Minneapolis MN 55440-0041
1-855-MY-UHCCF (1-855-698-4223)

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a non-profit charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of children’s lives. Thanks to the generous contributions of many donors, UHCCF has been able to touch the lives of thousands of children and their families through much needed medical grants. These medical grants help improve access to medical services and items that are not covered, or not fully covered, by a family’s current commercial health benefit plan. Since being founded in 1999, UHCCF has granted over $15M to over 5,000 families across the country. Grants have helped pay for necessary medical services and medical equipment such as physical therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, and medical equipment such as orthotics, wheelchairs and hearing aids for children.

 

SERTOMA

Assists low-income persons with purchasing hearing aids.

1912 East Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64132-9990
(816) 333-8300 Voice
(816) 333-4320 Fax
Website: http://www.sertoma.org/

STARKEY HEARING FOUNDATION

Assistance for low-income individuals permanently residing in the U.S. with no other resources to acquire hearing aids.

6700 Washington Avenue South
Eden Prairie , MN 55344
800-328-8602 (voice-ask for Hear Now)
(952) 947-4997 Fax
Website: http://www.sotheworldmayhear.org

TRAVELERS PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP TRUST FOR THE DEAF AND NEAR-DEAF

Provides assistance for mechanical devices, medical care, and/or specialized education or treatment, to those who demonstrate financial need. U.S. citizens only. Grants may be used to purchase hearing aids, assistive listening equipment, or may help with the cost of a cochlear implant.

3755 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 371-0533 Voice
(314) 371-0537 Fax
Website: http://www.tpahq.org (click on “Scholarship Trust” link under Community)

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CIVIL SERVICE ORGS

Many community service organizations receive charitable donations to purchase hearing aids and other devices for low income deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Clubs often recondition hearing aids and donate them to needy individuals. Below is a listing of the national offices for several service organizations. Start by contacting the national office of the civic organization and ask how to locate the local chapter. Funding resources may not be available at all local chapters. Eligibility requirements and availabity of funds may change without notice.

Civitan International
1 Civitan Place
Birmingham, AL 35213-1983
Phone: 205-591-8910
Toll Free: 1-800-CIVITAN

Lions Clubs International
300 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60521
Phone: 708-571-5466

Auditory equipment is furnished to schools with hearing-impaired students, and scholarships are issued to youngsters with this disability. Lions conduct screening programs for children and adults, support a variety of rehabilitation services, and provide and repair hearing aids for the needy.

BPO Elks of the USA
2750 N. Lakeview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-1889
Phone: 773-755-4700

Knights of Columbus
Headquarters
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-752-4000
E-mail: info@kofc.org

Ruritan National, Inc.
P.O. Box 487
Dublin, VA 24084
Toll Free: 877-787-8727 call to locate a local club

 

 

 

 

 

Local clubs fund needs in their communities. Individuals should work directly with local clubs. Ruritan clubs are only located in the eastern U.S. (Kansas to the Atlantic Ocean, New York State to Florida).

Sertoma International
1912 East Myer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64132
Phone: 816-333-8300

Kiwanis, International
3636 Woodview Place
Indianapolis, IN 46268-3196
Phone: 317-875-8755
Toll Free: 800-549-2647

Pilot International
244 College Street
P.O. Box 4844
Macon, GA 31213-0599
Phone: 912-743-7403

The main objective of this organization is to promote the awareness and prevention of brain-related disorders, and improve the lives of those affected by such disorders through education, volunteerism, financial support, and research.

Quota International
1420 21st Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 202-331-9694

Quota International provides funding for infant hearing screening programs.

Rotary International
1 Rotary Center
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 708-866-3000

 

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PRIVATE RESOURCES FOR ADULTS

The AgrAbility Project
1146 ABE Building
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1146
Voice/TTY: 800-825-4264

The AgrAbility Project assists agricultural and agribusiness workers who have hearing loss. Education and assistance are available to accommodate disabilities, eliminate barriers, and create a favorable climate among rural service providers for people with disabilities (including hearing loss).

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FEDERAL FUNDING RESOURCES

Audiology Services and Hearing Aids

Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administers Medicare, the nation's largest health insurance program, which covers nearly 40 million Americans. Medicare is a health insurance program for people over 65 years of age, some individuals with disabilities under age 65, and people with end-stage renal disease.

U.S. Veterans Administration (VA)

The VA system's National Audiology and Speech Pathology Service provides high quality, comprehensive, state of the art clinical services to veterans with hearing, speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders.

It is National VA Policy that hearing aids are furnished to eligible veterans in accordance with the restrictions defined in a VA Directive 2002-039 released July 5, 2002. Briefly, the Directive explains that eligibility for hearing aids is currently limited to veterans with a documented service connected hearing loss, veterans receiving a disability rating of 10% or more (for a condition other than hearing loss), and some veterans with very special needs. With the exception of veterans with documented service connection for hearing loss, an eligible veteran must be currently enrolled in and receiving healthcare from a VA Medical Center or VA Outpatient Clinic. Hearing aids are not customarily provided to non-service connected veterans. However, if there is a medical reason, a VA Physician can refer a non-service connected veteran for a hearing evaluation.

If you are not certain about your eligibility status, check your local phone directory for the number of your local Veterans Benefits counselor, or call your nearest VA and ask for the Veterans Service Center. You may also contact the VA Health Benefits Service Center toll free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or check online at the Veterans Health Administration Web site.

Tricare-US Department of Defence Military Health System

5111 Leesburg Pike
Skyline 5, Suite 810
Falls Church, VA 22041-3206
877-874-2273-Tricare Regional Office North
800-444-5445-Tricare Regional Office South
888-874-9378-Tricare Regional Office West

Eligible Tricare beneficiaries will receive all medically necessary and appropriate services and supplies, including hearing examinations administered by authorized providers that are required in connection with this benefit. This benefit is extended to family members as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2002. Eligible beneficiaries who suspect that they or a family member may have a hearing loss should schedule an appointment with their primary care manager for an initial examination. The primary care manager will then refer the beneficiary to an audiologist for any necessary tests.

For more information and to review eligibility requirements, visit the Tricare Web site or call the appropriate regional office. Overseas beneficiaries may call 888-777-8343.

GovBenefits.gov

GovBenefits.gov helps citizens access government benefit eligibility information through a free, confidential, and easy-to-use online screening tool. After answering some basic questions, the user receives a customized report listing the benefit programs for which the user, or person for whom he or she is entering information, may be eligible.

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