Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013

Resources for Kids with Hearing Loss

Male child with hearing loss being kissed on the nose by puppy.

Sorting through the wealth of information available for kids with hearing loss can be a full-time job. Fortunately, People Hearing Better is an online community that supports people of all ages who have hearing loss and their families. We've researched top resources for kids with hearing loss.

Scholarship/Financial Aid Programs and Resources for Kids with Hearing Loss

Alexander Graham Bell:
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.

AUDIENT "helps low income people nationwide access quality hearing aids and related care at a significantly lower cost. AUDIENT income qualifies families to be eligible for a discount on brand name hearing aids available through the AUDIENT Alliance's national network of dedicated hearing care providers. Brand selection includes Oticon, Phonak, Siemens, Widex, & Unitron hearing aids."

Parent-Infant Financial Aid Program
"The Parent-Infant Financial Aid Program is for families of infants and toddlers ages birth through 3 who have been diagnosed with a moderate to profound hearing loss who are in pursuit of spoken language outcome for their child. Awards are intended to assist with expenses for services such as auditory support services, speech-language therapy, tuition, etc."

Disabled Children’s Relief Fund: "Disabled Children's Relief Fund (DCRF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides disabled children with assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eyeglasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery. Blind, Deaf, Amputees, and children with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spastic Quadriplegia, Encephalitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spina Bifida, Down's Syndrome, and other disabilities receive assistance. DCRF focuses special attention on helping children throughout the U.S. that do not have adequate health insurance, especially the physically challenged. In some cases, DCRF may be the last resort."

First Hand Foundation
The First Hand Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides funding so individual children may have access to health care that would otherwise be impossible. Our mission is to directly impact the health status of a young life. Since our inception in 1995, First Hand has distributed more than $17 million to impact 151,000 lives in 82 countries.

Foundation for Sight and Sound: The Foundation for Sight and Sound through it's Help America Hear Program (HAH) provides hearing aids for men, women, and children with limited financial resources.

Government Resources: This link takes you to a site to search for benefits in your area. Look up your state and the health care options available. Once you have information on the health insurance and coverage for low income, you can call and speak with someone to find out how you would go about obtaining coverage.

Gallaudet School "The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our mission is to improve the quality of education afforded to deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to age 21 throughout the United States."

Supported by Job's Daughters International, the HIKE Fund provides hearing devices for children with hearing loss between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially. Approximately 100 children are provided with hearing devices each year through this fund.

Travelers Protective Association Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired
The Travelers Protective Association of America established the TPA Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired to provide financial aid to children and adults who suffer deafness or hearing impairment and who need assistance in obtaining mechanical devices, medical or specialized treatment or specialized education as well as speech classes, note takers, interpreters, etc. and in other areas of need that are directly related to hearing impairment.

Easter Seals:
Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.

United Health Care Children’s Foundation
"The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan. This support is in the form of a medical grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans."

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