by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
© Feb, 2010, Updated Nov, 2020
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 34 sources of financial help for purchasing new hearing aids in their new publication “Your Guide to Financial Assistance for Hearing Aids”. This is a 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 30-page guide from the Better Hearing Institute website. It is in PDF format.
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”.)