The first step for financial assistance resources for hearing aids (and other technology) is to check with your health care insurance provider to find out if they carry hearing aid coverage. After that, check out the programs listed here to find out you might be eligible for services.
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) specifies 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 others 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.
Hearing Aid Banks / Programs
Local agencies serving people with hearing loss might also know about hearing aid banks and other resources, such as clinics that provide services on a sliding scale 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. Contact your local government’s county social services and request an appointment to determine your eligibility for Medicaid.
State Telephone Programs
State telephone equipment programs can be found at the Telephone Equipment Distribution Program Association (TEDPA). These programs vary widely in what they provide and eligibility requirements. 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 through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 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 partnered 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.
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 for more information or visit their website at ADATA.
Many local civic organizations, such as the Kiwanis or Lions Clubs, might be able to provide financial assistance to purchase or acquire hearing aids and other assistive devices.
The following are national or state resources for assistance:
Carolina Children’s Communicative Disorders Program
This is a state-funded program for North Carolina that provides full coverage of hearing aids to children. Although it is located at the University of North Carolina, families are welcomed and encouraged to receive their hearing aid fitting and care locally. They can also provide assistance with cochlear implant costs.
Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC
5501 Fortunes Ridge Drive, Suite A
Durham, NC 27713
919.419.1449 – Voice
919.419.1399 – Fax
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
516.377.3978 – Fax
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
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
Hike Fund, Inc.
Provides low-income children from birth up to the age of 20 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
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
The Miracle-Ear Foundation™ is designed to support underserved Americans with a limited income and no other resources for hearing aids, such as insurance, Medicaid, VA, or other state or federal programs. Visit a Miracle-Ear store to learn about eligibility or to apply.
5000 Cheshire Parkway North
Plymouth, MN 55446
Provides aids and services to children with hearing loss.
Optimist International Youth Program
Help Them Hear Program
Contact your local Optimist Club
Provides local and national resources for hearing aid assistance.
1912 East Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64132-9990
816.333.8300 – Voice
816 333.4320 – Fax
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.
3755 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
314.371.0533 – Voice
314.371.0537 – Fax
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Updated May 2018.