by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
Most states in the USA have a free Equipment Distribution Program (EDP) for hard of hearing people. This program includes amplified telephones and other goodies.
In some states, having a hearing loss is your only requirement. In others, you must meet their specific eligibility requirements (low income for example), or else you are expected to pay a portion of the costs of the equipment.
Click on this state EPD link, especially if you are in a lower income bracket, in order to see whether there is an EDP program available in your state. You can then click on your state link to see its program and eligibility requirements.
Note: currently this site lists the EDP programs available in 32 of the 50 states. Although not all state programs are listed here yet, more states will be added to this site in the future.