Find Assistance with Hearing Aid Costs
Hearing loss is the number one disability in the world, and left untreated can lead to frustration, anxiety, depression, and withdrawing from social interactions with family and friends. Financing hearing aids, batteries, and fittings, earmolds, and follow-up appointments can average $4000, which isn’t an option for some with hearing loss.
There are approximately 34 million people with hearing loss in the United States. Signs may include turning up the volume on the radio or television; difficulty understanding words, especially in crowds; frequently asking people to repeat themselves; and muffled quality of speech and other sounds. Left untreated, hearing loss can cause cochlear damage and developmental and physiological problems, especially in children.
The Nebraska Children’s Hearing Aid Loaner Bank can provide amplification free of charge until permanent amplification can be obtained. The Loaner bank will provide temporary hearing aids for children with newly identified hearing loss while they are waiting to receive their personal amplification devices. The loan period is six months and can be extended as needed. After receiving a physician’s clearance, parents can apply to the Nebraska Children’s Hearing Aid Loaner Bank through their website at www.unl.edu/barkley/nchalb, income and insurance are not a factor.
Hearing loss is also the third most prevalent condition (behind heart disease and arthritis) for those over the age of 65. Sertoma offers reconditioned hearing aids for people over 65 years of age. Sertoma offers assistance for those with lower income, and requires applicants to pay for hearing exam and ear impression. More information about the Sertoma Hearing Bank can be found at www.ncdhh.ne.gov/sertoma_hab.html.
Since hearing loss can affect individuals of all age groups, Lions Club offers assistance for low income individuals aged 19-64. Lions Club offers refurbished hearing aids and financial assistance for those with low income. More information about the Lions Hearing Bank can be found at www.ncdhh.ne.gov/lions_hab.html.