Sunday, March 21, 2010

Part Three: Paying for Hearing Aids

Today's post is the final part of the series based on the research paper, Are 1 Million Dependents with Hearing Loss in American Being Left Behind?  By Sergei Kochkin, PhD; William Luxford, MD; Jerry L. Northern, PhD; Pam Mason, MED; and Ann Marie Tharpe, Phd.  The first two posts covered denial and stigma as reasons given by parents who choose not to aid their children.

The financial burden of hearing aids is, to me, the most understandable reason for letting a child go without hearing aids.  Private insurance does not cover hearing aids.   In most states, the burden falls to parents to pay for their child's aids.

There are some alternatives to insurance that will help with the cost.  The following bullet points with links to sources of funding are copied directly from the American Society for Deaf Children:

If all else fails and you can't afford hearing aids for your child, look into having a sound field installed in the classroom.  Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires schools to provide assistive technology.

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