How Can I Get Help Paying for My Child's Hearing Aids?
“Hearing aids range from $1,000-$4,000 per ear. Other expenses like adjustments, routine cleanings, earmolds and batteries are on top of that.”
Sticker shock. That’s really the only way to describe how you felt when your audiologist started rattling off the cost of your child’s hearing aids.
Of course, you’ll do anything help improve your child’s hearing, speech and language. So, now the question is, how?
While the potentially high cost of hearing aids can be concerning, rest assured. Even if you think you can’t afford your child’s hearing aids there are several resources available to help offset, or cover, the full cost of them.
There’s a chance a portion or all of your kid’s hearing aid costs may be covered by your health insurance plan. Call your insurance company to fully understand your insurance benefits.
The VA is the largest provider of hearing aids in the U.S. If you are a veteran or have a service connection, check with your local VA office to see if your child qualifies for hearing-related services and/or hearing aids.
Many social service organizations provide pediatric hearing aid devices and audiology services at a dramatically reduced rate to those who are uninsured, underinsured or otherwise qualify for financial assistance. Some groups will provide new or used hearing aids at a discount if you meet certain financial criteria. Your audiologist, kid’s school counselor and local United Way are good resources for finding organizations that can provide assistance.
There are a few national organizations – including the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and First Hands Foundation – that provide financial assistance to families whose children need hearing aids or hearing-related services.
Medicaid will pay for the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, including hearing aids, under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) service for eligible children and young adults under the age of 21.
Local Children’s Hospitals
Typically, there are audiology departments within local children’s hospitals. Those providers can provide referrals to area organizations or resources that could provide financial assistance for your child’s hearing aids.
There are healthcare credit cards designed for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses not covered by your health insurance.
Other Things to Note:
· The Hearing Loss Association of America has a listing of state agencies providing assistance and resources.
· If your child is on an Individual Educational Program (IEP), he/she might be able to receive hearing assistive technology at no cost if the IEP specifies the need for hearing aids.
· If your child meets certain hearing loss requirements of the Social Security Administration, he/she may be eligible for disability benefits that could help pay for the hearing aids.
Families living in Georgia have access to the Sounds Waves Pediatric Hearing Aid Program, which operates under the principle that no child should be denied hearing aids due to the inability to pay. Learn more or apply for the program today!