When You Can’t Afford Hearing Aids, There May Be Other Options
A common reason people don’t act on their hearing loss is that they fear the solution will be unaffordable. Hearing aids are not always covered by insurance, so that means they might be too large out-of-pocket expense for people. Since people assume hearing aids are too much of a financial investment, they continue to live with hearing loss, but they never learn that there’s help available.
There are programs for people who may not be able to afford hearing aids. Last month, I did a mission trip to Houston to work with flood victims of Hurricane Harvey. We helped restore a woman’s house who needed hearing aids but couldn’t afford them. Ultimately, she received a pair of donated hearing aids which is one of the best options for people who cannot afford them otherwise.
Starkey Hearing Foundation provides the gift of hearing to those who need it. They donate more than 100,000 hearing aids each year to those in need, all across the globe. An initiative, called HEAR Now, provides hearing aids for people with net incomes under $19,058 for a single, or $25,743 for couples. The only cost associated is a hearing test and a $125 application fee per hearing aid request.
This is just a couple of the options available for people who cannot afford hearing aids. Some of the other options to look into if you cannot afford hearing aids are:
- U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: If you are a veteran, you may qualify for financial assistance from the VA. If you qualify, your hearing aids, batteries, and repairs will be provided to you at no cost to you.
- Lion’s Club International: This organization supports those who are deaf or have hearing loss. They collect used hearing aids and send them to be refurbished and distributed to those in need and they have a foundation that provides hearing aids to those with a limited income.
- Vocational Rehab: Your state vocational rehab office may be able to get you assistance in paying for hearing aids if they required for your work.
- Sertoma: This organization runs a hearing aid recycling program that refurbishes used hearing aids and distributes them to local people in need.
- Hearing Loss Association of America: There are many resources available on this website including organizations or programs to help you if you cannot afford hearing aids.
- Audient: This program helps low-income individuals qualify for hearing aids and related care at significantly lower prices.
This is just a small list of the available resources should you not be able to afford hearing aids. Don’t think that just because you can’t afford them, you are out of luck. Your hearing health is important and price should not discourage you from treating your hearing loss.