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What to look for when seeking hearing aid financial assistance?

What to look for when seeking hearing aid financial assistance?

Hearing aid financial assistance can be a helpful way for families and their loved one to receive financial assistance to cover medical expenses associated with hearing aids. There are many types of options for hearing aid financial assistance available to you in the United States. This article is to help you with getting financial assistance for hearing aids. Below of some of the resources that might be helpful to you.


1. Federal programs

In some states, people with low income may qualify to receive Medicaid benefits on hearing aids. 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. Check with your County Social Services if you qualify for Medicaid.

College students and people in the working age can get help with hearing aids, assistive technology, and other rehabilitative services from state vocational rehabilitation agencies.

Veterans of military service by William Sound and Military Audiology Association increases access to assistive listening devices at a low cost. Also, they may receive free personalized telephone support.

Telecommunications Equipment from Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides adaptive telecommunications equipment, including text telephones (TTY), captioned telephones (CapTel) and other devices to individuals who meet certain criteria.


2. Non-profit organizations

There are a number of hearing aid financial assistance programs and services if you seek help from your local non-profit organization. Here are a few examples of national and state organizations that offer individuals with hearing aid services and support for free.

1) Children of the Silent World assists low-income children with hearing aids.

2) Disabled Children’s Relief Fund provides assistance to families of children with disabilities; children with physical disabilities and little or no health insurance are attended to first.

3) Easter Seals have about 400 local service centers that assist low-income adults and children with hearing aids and other rehabilitative devices.

4) Foundation for Sight and Sound along with EarQ Group assists individuals with limited financial resources in receiving hearing aids.

5) Georgia Hearing Aid Distribution Program provides hearing aids to Georgians; however, you may have to check your eligibility requirements.

6) Gift of Hearing Foundation provides financial support to patients who are in the low income group in receiving cochlear implants.

7) Hear Now provides recycled and used hearing aids to patients in the low-income group.

8) Hope for Hearing Foundation and Hearing Aid Bank works to ameliorate the families of infants and preschool children with hearing losses by providing parent-centered services.

9) Optimist International provides hearing aids and rehabilitative services to youth with hearing impairments.


3. Online Fundraising

Besides governmental programs and non-profit organizations, one could look for financial assistance towards hearing aids and related rehabilitative services with the help of medical fundraising Web sites. There are two types of online fundraising Web sites. Firstly, there are non-profit sites that run your fundraising for free. Secondly, there are for-profit sites that charge a small fee on the donations you receive; they need that money for administrative purposes.

If you are thinking of online fundraising, you may have to follow these steps:

Step 1: Sign up with the Web site.

Step 2: Create a fundraising page.

Step 3: Personalize your story by including your picture or a video.

Step 4: Share the link with friends, family, and colleagues through social media or by sending them an email.

Step 5: Plan a community event to increase donations.

Step 6: Send a thank you message to all your donors. Besides being a good will gesture, it will help donors spread the word to others.

Before starting a fundraiser, be sure to check for fees and costs associated with starting a fundraiser. There are many services out there, where only a few will provide free fundraising services to individuals in need.


References:

1. Hearing aid sticker shock and things to consider when purchasing: http://www.nchearingloss.org/article_costofhearingaids.htm

2. Financial assistance for hearing aids: http://www.infanthearing.org/financing/docs/Financial_Assistance_for_Hearing_Aids.pdf

3. Financial assistance: programs and foundations: http://www.hearingloss.org/content/financial-assistance-programs-foundations