Hearing abilities may get weaker as people get older, yet it might be expensive to afford the necessary equipment to solve these problems. Seniors who are having financial challenges may benefit from some of the helpful products and services that the federal government, state agencies, or local non-profit organizations offer. Here is the list of programs and services that assist older people with hearing aid.
The Veterans Health Administration
This is a division that was formed and has been financed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve veterans’ state of health. Hearing loss is one of the most common complaints among veterans. Many veterans who were in the service are experiencing hearing loss later in their lives. Those veterans who are financially not in a good position and need hearing aid are qualified for the help of this administration. Beneficiaries will be receiving free hearing aids or a certain amount of discount to have the necessary equipment. For further information and apply, please follow the link https://www.va.gov/health/ or make a phone call at 1 800 827 1000.
Medicaid is one of the biggest health care support for low and moderate-income people that was formed and has been managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This division has a lot to offer for low and middle-income senior residents throughout the country. This program covers the expenses of various illnesses including hearing loss. However, the hearing aid can differ from one state to another. While some states pay for all the necessary hearing equipment based on the condition of the applicant, some of them cover only basic needs. Hence, people who want to apply for this benefit should directly get in touch with its local office by checking out its website at https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/index.html or contact the toll-free number 1 800 633 4227.
Hearing Loss Association of America
This non-governmental charity-based organization was constituted by Howard E. “Rocky” Stone in 1979 for low and moderate-income people who need hearing support. This is the largest and the most efficient organization when it comes to hearing aid in the country. Even though it presents different programs in each state, it covers its applicants’ hearing equipment expenses. Besides, it promotes educational videos to present a general picture for the ones who are having difficulties with what they are going through. These educational videos are about hearing loss basic facts, hearing loss symptoms, hearing loss diagnosis, hearing loss treatments, living with hearing loss, hearing loss causes and prevention, and lastly hearing aids, cochlear implants, and assistive listening devices. These educational videos are free and useful to understand the scope of the condition. This organization also offers employment, educational, and social activity opportunities for their recipients to be successful later in their lives. Some of its other services are as follow
- Hearing Life: This is a monthly magazine that features personal life stories to inspire and empower other people who have hearing loss. There are plentiful articles and information about the technological developments in the hearing field Participants of the HLAA can have this magazine by hard copy or online.
- Hearing Life E-News: This is a weekly newsletter that indicates the members about breaking news on various hot topics. It sends weekly news to people’s email addresses. You can sign up for this service at their website.
- Walk4Hearing: This is the largest meeting event for people with hearing loss across the country. Walk4Hearing hosts people from different states who have hearing loss, their families, and friends. All those people come together and walk for awareness about hearing loss, communication access problems, and good hearing health.
- Get in the Hearing Loop: It is specifically designed to offer educational support for people with hearing loss. Especially technological developments have been increasing in recent years. All necessary information and updates are provided by this service.
- Webinars: HLAA organizes monthly webinars on hearing loss issues and explains to people about the recent improvements. Even though some members may not be able to participate in these webinars, they are recorded for people to watch later.
These are some of the services that were presented by the Hearing Loss Association of America. Low and moderate-income senior residents who have hearing loss are prioritized by this organization. Since its services and benefits are very comprehensive, it is better to be part of this community as early as possible. The link to their official website is as follows https://www.hearingloss.org/programs-events/ or make connections with 301 657 2248.
Miracle-Ear Foundation’s Gift of Sound Hearing Aid Program
This non-governmental charity establishment was built in 1990 to provide Gift of Sound to households and individuals who cannot afford to buy it. It has been funded by the Miracle-Ear company itself. Senior residents who are having a hearing loss and need financial assistance are eligible for this benefit. Find out more information at https://www.miracle-ear.com/miracle-ear-foundation or dial Customer Service at 800 241 1372.
Starkey Hearing Foundation
Starkey Hearing is a local company that assists low and middle-income people with hearing help across America and all over the world. Anyone who struggles with hearing loss and cannot purchase necessary equipment is qualified for the support no matter where they live. Older individuals with hearing loss and facing economic problems are prioritized by this organization. To read more and to apply please follow the link https://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/Contact-Us or give it a call at 866 354 3254.
Lions Clubs International Foundation
This non-profit foundation was built in 1917 to improve communities in need all around the world. It has a special program called Lions Affordable Hearing Aid Project. Seniors who need help with their hearing loss are eligible for this benefit. This foundation has various local offices in each state. Anyone interested can communicate with their staff and benefit from hearing aid and educational support. The extent of the help can differ based on the applicant’s condition and the state. To learn more information, please visit https://temp.lionsclubs.org/all/pdfs/lcif/lcif128.pdf or by phone at 630 203 3837.