by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A question I get asked is:
Where can I get financial help for purchasing hearing aids? They are so expensive, and I can’t afford them, but need them. Can you help me?
There are a number of sources of help, but ferreting them out is quite a chore. The good news is that the Better Hearing Institute has just done all that work for you.
You can find 69 sources of financial help for purchasing new hearing aids in their new publication “Your Guide to Financial Assistance for Hearing Aids”. This is the first comprehensive guide of this kind of information. It contains information on charitable foundations, private organizations, insurance plans, corporate benefits and government programs that can help you get the hearing aids you need.
Be aware that your eligibility for financial assistance may depend on where you live (various organizations/states/counties may require you to live in their “area” to be eligible. In addition, you will be subject to a means test in order to prove that you really can’t afford new hearing aids. Often, you will find there is a sliding scale of funding depending on your means. In some cases, if your income is below a certain threshold you may be eligible for 100% (or close to 100%) funding.
You can download a free copy of this valuable 48-page guide from the Better Hearing Institute website. It’s currently the 3rd link down.
Note: While you are on this web page, you may want to download some/all of their other great guides in this series. These include:
- Your Guide to Better Hearing
- Your Guide to Your Child’s Hearing
- Your Guide to Hearing Aids
In addition, the Northern Virginia Resource Center has published a 6-page fact sheet entitled, “Financial Assistance for Buying Hearing Aids” which you can download. (It’s the second link under “Hearing Aids”.)