Financial Assistance For Hearing Aids

Below is a list of charities, foundations, and organizations who enjoy reaching out to families and individuals needing financial assistance for obtaining hearing aids. These same organizations also accept donations so that they can continue to help even more families.

Ear Community
Ear Community is a 501(c)(3) global nonprofit organization/charity that helps individuals who were born with Microtia and Atresia.  If you need help obtaining a hearing aid/Baha/bone conduction hearing device and have been denied by your insurance plan or can not afford to purchase one, please apply at the following link:
http://earcommunity.com/donate/application-for-a-bone-conductive-hearing-device/

Starkey Hearing Foundation and Hear Now
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
Ph: 800-328-8602 (voice-ask for Hear Now)
(952) 947-4997 Fax
http://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/hear-now.php
www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org
http://www.sotheworldmayhear.org

Cochlear Americas Scholarships
Customer Service Financial Support Line
For help with insurance appeals through
Ph: 1-800-633-4667
http://www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/us/home/funding_resources.pdf (The scholarships are available internationally) .
http://www.cochlearamericas.com/PDFs/funding_resources.pdf

AG Bell Financial Grant
The child must be three (3) years old or younger as of December 31, 20xx. Child must have a documented bilateral hearing loss and this grant is only for children with a bilateral hearing loss and is unfortunately not open to unilateral hearing loss children. Deadline to apply is usually sometime in October of every year.
http://nc.agbell.org/netcommunity/page.aspx?pid=499&srctid=1&erid=1730670&trid=25fc311b-fa3a-4fd5-a148-4248dce86f0f

United Health Care Children’s Foundation
Will cover up to $5000 in uncovered medical costs per year for people with private (not public) insurance (for hearing loss)
http://www.uhccf.org/apply_applicant.html and www.uhccf.org

Ear to Ear Foundation
The Ear To Ear Foundation is a wonderful non-profit organization that helps children obtain a BAHA who need one, but can not afford one due to insurance denials or no insurance coverage. Especially, those children who were born with Microtia and Atresia and Hamifacial Microsomia, also Treacher Collins and Goldenhar Syndrome.
Ear to Ear Foundation Inc.
PO Box 280327
Brooklyn, NY 11228
eartoearfoundation@gmail.com
http://www.eartoearfoundation.org/

CCHAT:  Cincinnati Children’s Hearing Aid Trust
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave, MLC 2018
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039
Phone: 513-636-CHAT (2428)
Contact:  Kelly Brockman, Program Coordinator
E-mail:  kelly.brockman@cchmc.org
http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/service/o/otolaryngology/cchat/default/

The Better Hearing Organization
This document takes a while to load, but is absolutely worth it. It is loaded with organizations who offer financial assistance programs for obtaining hearing aids.
http://www.betterhearing.org/pdfs/e-Guides/Financial_Assistance_for_Hearing_Aids.pdf
www.betterhearing.org

Hearing Loss Association of America
7910 Woodmont Ave, Suite 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301.657.2248
http://www.hearingloss.org/

Needy Meds
- Go to disease based assistance, then name of disease/condition list, then click on the H in the alphabet listing for “hearing loss” and look through state by state, they have excellent programs listed there that can help you obtain a hearing device and grants and financial service help. There are hearing aid banks listed that may be able to help you get a BAHA. The direct link is:
www.needymeds.org
http://www.needymeds.org/copay_diseases.taf_function=summary&disease_id=82&disease_eng=Hearing%20Loss&dx=10

Hear and Say Foundation
There are five office locations across Australia
E-mail: mail@hearandsaycentre.com.au
http://www.hearandsaycentre.com.au

Children’s Hospitals Around the World
Contact a Children’s Hospital closest to you and ask about their scholarship program. Apparently, many children’s hospitals offer financial assistance through a scholarship that you can apply for that can help you with a 35% discount toward the purchase or insurance coverage for an assisted hearing device. Income is taken into account and you must make no more than a combined income of $80,000.00 annually in order to qualify. Ask your audiology department or the Children’s Hospital hearing center about this information.
http://www.childrenshospitals.net

John Tracy Clinic and Hope For Hearing Foundation and Hearing Aid Bank
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
http://www.jtc.org/

Child Find (Child Find Project)
Early intervention services for every state in the US
(birth to three years of age)
http://www.childfindidea.org/

Birth 2 3 Organization
(birth to three years of age)
Early intervention services for every state in the US
http://www.birth23.org/

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
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
http://betterhearing.org/publications/eGuides/index.cfm

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
http://www.dcrf.com/

Disability Scholarships
http://www.disabilityscholarships.us
http://www.disabilityscholarships.us/disability-scholarships-for-hearing-impaired-students/

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
http://www.easter-seals.org/

Hearing Health 4 U
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.
1116 E Grand Canyon Street
Meridian, ID 83646
1(208) 888-5347 Voice
http://www.hearinghealth4u.com

Help Kids Hear
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
http://www.helpkidshear.org/index.html

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
http://www.thehikefund.org

Lions Club International
Assists low income individuals with purchasing hearing aids.
300 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook. IL 60523-8842
Lions Club Hearing Aid Assistance

Shriners Hospitals for Children
http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/

National Masonic Foundation for Children
http://www.masonicmodel.org/

Elks National Foundation
http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/

The Royal Purple of Canada (Elks Club)
http://www.royalpurpleofcanada.org/

Kiwanis Clubs
3636 Woodview Trace
Indianapolis, IN 46268-3196
800-549-2647 317-875-8755
FAX 317-879-0204
http://www.kiwanis.org/FindaClub/tabid/84/Default.aspx

Knights of Columbus Headquarters
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510
203-752-4000

info@kofc.org

Miracle Ear for Children’s Fund
Assists low-income children and families with purchases of hearing aids from this manufacturer. For Minnesota residents only.
P.O. Box 59261
Minneapolis, MN 55459-0261
1-800-234-5422
(763) 268-4295 Fax
http://www.mnplan.state.mn.us/star/program.html?Id=18

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
http://www.optimist.org/default.cfm?content=/districtdirectory.cfm

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
http://www.sertoma.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
http://www.tpahq.org (click on “Scholarship Trust” link under Community)

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 may offer similar services.
0110 LeFrak Hall
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-4218 Voice
(301) 314-2023 Fax
E-mail: clinic@hesp.umd.edu
http://www.bsos.umd.edu

Educational Audiology Association
3030 West 81st Avenue
Westminster, Colorado  80031
Ph:  800-460-7322
http://www.edaud.org/

Audiology Online
19141 Stone Oak Parkway Suite #104
San Antonio, TX  78258
800-753-2160 voice
210-615-6831 voice (for callers outside of US)
http://www.audiologyonline.com/