Hearing Aid Grants for People Who Cannot Afford Them

hearing aid grants

The hearing impaired have unique struggles in everyday life that the hearing population does not have to deal with.  Everything from not knowing when someone is coming up behind you to not hearing a fire alarm can present dangers the rest of the world does not face.

Technological advances in hearing aids have eliminated many of these dangers, but only for those who can afford to have them.  These devices are costly, and unfortunately many who need them simply do not have access. 

Who Can Get Help?

There is hope, however, in the form of grants for hearing aids.  There are also scholarships and other programs that offer assistance to those who need hearing devices and cannot afford them.

Whether a young child deaf from birth, a senior who is losing hearing over time, or a working age adult who has suffered hearing damage, there is help available.  Some assistance is dependent on certain qualifications.

There are those that are available only to those who have been deaf since birth, and others that are available to those with hearing loss within a specific range. Most are dependent on need in relation to income and other financial information, and some are designed specifically for veterans, seniors, or children.

There are even hearing aid grants that require specific ways of communicating, such as vocally or with sign language.  Finding the assistance that fits is all in knowing where to look.

Where to Look for Help

There are numerous places that offer grants for hearing aids and other types of assistance.  Local schools and organizations that support the hearing impaired often have information on assistance or provide it themselves.

Government grants specifically for hearing aids are available, but those that qualify may be able to find help for hearing devices from Medicaid.  Veterans may be able to get assistance from VA Hospitals, and state vocation relocation agencies may be able to help those in the working world find assistance.

Audient Alliance EPIC Hearing Services

Audient Alliance offers assistance for the hearing impaired with household incomes up to 250% above the national poverty level, and there is no age qualification.  They assist children, seniors, and anyone in between. 

Ear of Lion Hearing Foundation of California/ Nevada

The Ear of Lion Hearing Foundation of California/ Nevada is an arm of the Lions Club.  It offers hearing aids for those who need them and that meet the necessary requirements.  Funds are available to those with legal residency in the United States, including those that have a green card, and that show financial need.

Prior approval of the foundation is required for those who do not meet these qualifications to receive aid.  For one person the general requirement is income less than $25,500, but exceptions can be made based on individual situations on a case by case basis.  Other requirements for application include:

  • A letter of medical clearance writing by a physician
  • A hearing exam taken within six months of application
  • Income verification

If approved, each hearing aid costs $150.

Hear Now

Hear Now offers grants for hearing aids to individuals with financial need below the national poverty guidelines.  Items considered in the award decision making process include medical expenses paid out of their own funds during the previous year.  Available assets are also considered, and there is a $100 processing fee that is non-refundable when applying for each hearing aid.  For more information send an email to nonprofit@starkey.com or call 800-648-4327.

TPA Scholarship for the Deaf and Near Deaf

The TPA Scholarship for the Deaf and Near Deaf is just like hearing aid grants in that it offers financial assistance that does not have to be paid back.  This assistance is available to those that are hearing impaired regardless of age.  The completed application is due by March 1 of each year.

The review of applications is completed by the review committee in April, recipients are notified in May, and checks are sent after the first of August.  Additional aid is available, and a new application must be filled out each time.  Preference is given to applications of the most financial need regardless of sex, race, age or creed.

There are many more sources of hearing aid grants, and there are many other forms of assistance available as well.  The key is knowing where to look for information, who to talk to, and reviewing each and every opportunity carefully to ensure all qualifications are met.  Hearing impairment is a real struggle, but there is help available.

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