Help! I can't afford to buy hearing aids

Posted by hammock2015 @hammock2015, Mar 26 12:34pm

I am in need of a pair of hearing aids but cannot afford them. I am disabled and my soc. sec. disability checks out me WELL below poverty level. I do have a new insurance policy starting on April 1st but it only covers so much. Are there any companies, foundations or whatever else that can help me get hearing aids?

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In the state where I live we have a Division of Vocational Rehabilitation program. It is run by the state. If your hearing disability is keeping you from working this program will give you everything you need to get into the workforce again free of charge, including not only the hearing aids but also educational training and other things that you may need while you are transitioning back into the workforce. If you are unable to take this route, I would still recommend making an appointment with a counselor of this program who would most likely know of referrals to other areas of help that would benefit you. Best Wishes

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I just heard a nice presentation from the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation of Southern California. They help people with hearing and vision problems to get glasses and hearing aids. Contact them at lshf.org and see if they can refer you to the Lions Sight & Hearing in your area. Don't give up.

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@lamb2828

I am partially deaf with my left ear,and loosing my hearing with my right ear also.I had my hearing tested ,i didn't realize my hearing lose was that bad..I have a job that requires me to be able to hear,I can not afford to buy the hearing aids,what I make at my job barely takes care of my rent and electric.Medicare will not cover the cost.I am 68 years old,and I will eventually loose my job if I can not hear,Please can someone help, tell me where I can get the help I desperately need. I live in Palm Bay ,Florida Brevard County. Thank you for the ones that can help me

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@lamb2828 Your problem is very common and unfortunate. There are a couple of choices that I am aware of. One is to contact your state's Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing. They sometimes have connections to groups (like the Lions Club or Rotary) that have hearing aids as one of their projects. The 2nd is Starkey Hearing Aids. Starkey has a Foundation that it sponsors whose mission is to bring hearing assistance to those who can't afford them. They do it internationally as well as domestically. The Domestic group is called the Hear Now Program. You have to qualify as being financially in need and complete an application. The link is https://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/Hearing-Assistance.

The 3rd option is called Hearing The Call and is a national organization of audiologists with the same goal – finding a way together hearing assistance to those who can't afford them. There is a Hearing The Call chapter in Sarasota. It looks like the only one in FLA that I could find. Its link ishttps://hearingthecall.org/hearcare/ What is different about them is they arrange to find affordable hearing aids for those that qualify under the financial requirements but they also ask the recipient to give back thru community service hours.

I hope you find help there one of these groups. Lack of insurance for HA's is a serious problem and several groups, including HLAA of which I am a member, are working with Congress to try to get changes to the Medicare laws. Unfortunately with all that is going on in the world right now, this will move to the back burner again. Good luck. Mike

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I am partially deaf with my left ear,and loosing my hearing with my right ear also.I had my hearing tested ,i didn't realize my hearing lose was that bad..I have a job that requires me to be able to hear,I can not afford to buy the hearing aids,what I make at my job barely takes care of my rent and electric.Medicare will not cover the cost.I am 68 years old,and I will eventually loose my job if I can not hear,Please can someone help, tell me where I can get the help I desperately need. I live in Palm Bay ,Florida Brevard County. Thank you for the ones that can help me

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@lamb2828

I am partially deaf with my left ear,and loosing my hearing with my right ear also.I had my hearing tested ,i didn't realize my hearing lose was that bad..I have a job that requires me to be able to hear,I can not afford to buy the hearing aids,what I make at my job barely takes care of my rent and electric.Medicare will not cover the cost.I am 68 years old,and I will eventually loose my job if I can not hear,Please can someone help, tell me where I can get the help I desperately need. I live in Palm Bay ,Florida Brevard County. Thank you for the ones that can help me

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Hi @lamb2828, I'd like to add my welcome. You'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion where @hammock2015 also asked about how to afford hearing aids. Click VIEW & REPLY to scroll through the helpful responses from other members.

@mikepa offered a very comprehensive reply with organizations to contact in your state. I hope you'll return to let us know what you find out.

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@mikepa

@lamb2828 Your problem is very common and unfortunate. There are a couple of choices that I am aware of. One is to contact your state's Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing. They sometimes have connections to groups (like the Lions Club or Rotary) that have hearing aids as one of their projects. The 2nd is Starkey Hearing Aids. Starkey has a Foundation that it sponsors whose mission is to bring hearing assistance to those who can't afford them. They do it internationally as well as domestically. The Domestic group is called the Hear Now Program. You have to qualify as being financially in need and complete an application. The link is https://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/Hearing-Assistance.

The 3rd option is called Hearing The Call and is a national organization of audiologists with the same goal – finding a way together hearing assistance to those who can't afford them. There is a Hearing The Call chapter in Sarasota. It looks like the only one in FLA that I could find. Its link ishttps://hearingthecall.org/hearcare/ What is different about them is they arrange to find affordable hearing aids for those that qualify under the financial requirements but they also ask the recipient to give back thru community service hours.

I hope you find help there one of these groups. Lack of insurance for HA's is a serious problem and several groups, including HLAA of which I am a member, are working with Congress to try to get changes to the Medicare laws. Unfortunately with all that is going on in the world right now, this will move to the back burner again. Good luck. Mike

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Thank you for all the information,you have been a great help to me

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@bobbiefriend

I just heard a nice presentation from the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation of Southern California. They help people with hearing and vision problems to get glasses and hearing aids. Contact them at lshf.org and see if they can refer you to the Lions Sight & Hearing in your area. Don't give up.

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Thank you for the information,I will get in contact with them

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@bookysue. If you will send me a delivery address, I will send you a set of hearing aids. They were very expensive and will likely need to be adjusted for you, but hopefully will help you. I am nearly deaf, so I can fully appreciate what you are going through. My email is digrben@gmail.com

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If your hearing loss is servere and you are tested (paid by medicare) a choclear implant is paid by medicare

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