Any parent who has a child affected by hearing loss knows the staggering expenses that can come with it. Affecting nearly 2 in every 1,000 babies born each year, congenital hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects today. And, due to illness, injury, infection, and other causes, more children lose their hearing later in their life. With the high cost of pediatric hearing aids, many families who lack insurance may not be able to cover the expense for their child.
The Sound Waves Pediatric Hearing Aid Program was created by the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation in the belief that no child should be denied hearing aids due to the inability to pay. Through funding from the telephone relay service (TRS) fund granted by the Georgia Public Service Commission, children from birth to 19 years old who are uninsured may be provided hearing aids at deeply discounted cost.