Hearing Aid Funding and other Resources

Compiled by Beth Jordan, Helen Keller National Center, KS office

May 2006

 

AARP

888-687-2277 voice

www.aarp.org

Thorough resource titled “Consumer Guide to Hearing Aids” and other publications

 

Ahearingaid.com

800-468-9298

www.ahearingaid.com

Major brand hearing aids at 50% off suggested retail price, hearing aid repair with free shipping, inexpensive batteries with several locations throughout the US. Computer access not required for purchase.

 

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf

866-337-5220 voice   202-337-5221 TTY

www.agbell.org

Several publications about hearing aid care and consumer handbooks

 

Audient Alliance for Accessible Hearing Care

877-283-4368 voice

www.audientalliance.org

Affordable hearing aids for persons who meet low income guidelines

 

Better Hearing Institute

800-327-9355 voice

www.betterhearing.org

Educational material and publications on hearing loss, aids, resources

 

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA or SHHH) 

301-657-2248 voice   2249 TTY

www.shhh.org

National organization of/for individuals who have hearing loss; bi-monthly journal, publications, annual national conference, state chapters

 

HIKE–Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment Fund

352-688-2579 voice                                         

www.thehikefund.org

Provides hearing aids for children age birth to 21 from low income families; parents must call for an application

 

International Hearing Society

800-521-5247 voice

www.ihsinfo.org

Consumer information kit available for resources in own community; will help identify a competent, professional “hearing instrument specialist” in your area

 

Lions Affordable Hearing Aid Project (AHAP)

630-571-5466 ext 615 voice

www.lionsear.org

After years of research, the Lions developed a low cost, high quality hearing aid which at a little over $100 has proven to perform as well as aids that sell for $2,000; available through Lions Clubs in partnership with local audiologists

 

Miracle Ear - National

877-268-4264 voice

www.miracleear.com

Resources for purchase of hearing aids for children

 

The Starkey Hearing Foundation

800-328-8602 voice or 800-648-4327 voice

www.sotheworldmayhear.org

Ask for or click on the Hear Now program

Persons with low income can purchase a hearing aid for the cost of the application process ($100 for one or $200 for two) 

 

Other Possible Funding Sources:

Area Agencies on Aging

Centers for Independent Living

Medicaid

Private Insurance Policies/HMOs

Union Benefits

Veterans Administration

Vocational Rehabilitation


*Check your local telephone book for the location nearest you

 

Service Clubs that May Provide Financial Assistance

There may be other service clubs or local chapters in your community.  In addition to these national contacts, check the white and yellow pages in your telephone book for local contacts.  (Some states also have a Hearing Aid Bank sponsored by these organizations that distribute recycled hearing aids.)


 

Business & Professional Women’s Clubs

National Federation

2012 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20036

202-293-1100

www.bpwusa.org

 

Civitan International

P.O. Box 130744

Birmingham, AL 35213-0744

800-CIVITAN (800-248-4826)

www.civitan.org

 

Kiwanis International

3636 Woodview Trace

Indianapolis, IN 46268-3196

800-549-2647

www.kiwanis.org

 

Lions Clubs International

300 West 22nd Street

Oak Brook, IL 60523

630-571-5466 ext 615

www.lionsear.org

 

Pilot International

P.O. Box 4844

Macon, GA 31208-4844

478-743-7403

www.pilotinternational.org   

 

Quota International, Inc.

1420 21st Street, NW

Washington, DC 20036

202-331-9694

www.quota.org

 

Rotary International

1 Rotary Center

1560 Sherman Avenue

Evanston, IL 60201

847-866-3000

www.rotary.org

 

Sertoma International

1912 East Myer Boulevard

Kansas City, MO 64132

816-333-8300

www.sertoma.org

 

Shriner’s International Headquarters

2900 Rocky Point Drive

Tampa, FL 33607-1460

813-281-0300

www.shrinershq.org

 


Service club information from Sound Beginnings, Kansas Resource Guide, 2001. Updated Spring, 2005