Oftentimes hearing aids are not covered by private insurance companies and children who need devices, even those who are not financially disadvantaged, too frequently go without. The organizations below provide assistance for purchasing hearing aids and auditory support equipment for those who can’t afford the high cost of such devices.
Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment (HIKE) Fund
Recently, we were awarded a grant from this organization for a portable FM system for our son. Since 1985, more than 2,500 children have benefited from this philanthropic project of Job’s Daughters International. The income cap to receive assistance is $100,000, so many middle-class families who usually earn too much to receive help can benefit from this corporation’s generosity.
Be an Angel
Hearing aids, financial assistance, personal equipment, and respite care are all products or services that this group offers. Children ages 0 to 21 who have a hearing impairment that stunts their development or decreases their quality of life are prospects for this award. The financial situation of the family is considered, but no income ranges are present on the application.
The Lions Club International
This organization works all over the world to lend a helping hand to those in need. From empowering youth to earthquake devastation relief, the Lions Club makes a global impact. While providing sight is one of the Lions Club’s main missions, local chapters determine eligibility based on income and communicate with Lions Affordable Hearing Aid Project to award hearing devices to those in need.
Starkey Hearing Foundation
After more than 50 years of giving so the world can hear, William F. Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation, won’t stop. The last thirty years he has expanded his organization from a small Minnesota workforce to a global one. From identifying those in need to providing ongoing education for those helped, this foundation changes lives one ear at a time. The Hear Now Program organizes the hearing aid help in the United States.
This is just a sampling of places who are willing to help. For more resources in your state, visit this page. As always, please leave a comment below with any additional resources that you find, so I can keep the site as up-to-date as possible.