Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant Assistance Programs

HEARING AID ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

The organizations listed below may offer financial assistance towards the purchase of hearing aids to people with limited incomes.

The Hearing Aid Project

AUDIENT PROGRAM
EPIC Hearing Healthcare
3191 W. Temple Ave. Ste. 200
Pomona, CA 91768
(866) 956-5400 x 2 (Voice)
Website: http://www.audientalliance.org
E-mail: hear@epichearing.com
This program offers reduced cost hearing aids for qualifying low-income applicants.

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
(916) 558-5670 (Voice)
(916) 558-5673 (TTY)
Website: https://www.dor.ca.gov/Home/DeafandHardofHearingServices
E-mail: dhhs@dor.ca.gov
The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) purchases hearing aids for clients if needed for the successful completion of their Individual Plans for Employment. If the client has Medi-Cal, then DOR will ask them to use that service as a similar benefit to obtain one hearing aid while DOR purchases the other one.

CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYEES
(888) 225-7377 (Voice-Toll Free)
(877) 249-7442 (Toll-Free)
(800) 959-6545 (Fax)
Website:  https://www.calpers.ca.gov/page/home
Basic healthcare plans for California state employees provide a $1,000 allowance for hearing aids every 36 months.

DISABLED CHILDREN’S RELIEF FUND
(516) 377-1605 (Voice)
(516) 377-3978 (Fax)
Website: http://www.thechildrensrelieffund.org
This charitable organization grants applications that may be used for modest awards for assistive devices such as hearing aids. Applications are available between April and September.

LION FOUNDATION OF CALIFORNIA & NEVADA
850 San Jose Ave., STE 115
Clovis, CA 93612
(800) 327-8077
Website:  https://earofthelion.org/
The Hearing Foundation, legally registered as Ear of the Lion Foundation of California & Nevada Inc. is a non-profit, 501© 3 public benefit corporation. Formed it in 1982 by Northern California Lions Clubs.  It is an MD-4 sanctioned Lions program.  It has now expanded to clubs throughout California and Nevada.

HEAR NOW
6700 Washington Avenue
South Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(866) 354-3754 (Voice)
(952) 828-6900 (Fax)
Website:https://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/Hear-Now
This is a national non-profit program committed to assisting deaf and hard of hearing persons with limited financial resources
This hearing foundation offers assistance to low-income individuals needing hearing aids, medical/surgical and audiological services.

THE HIKE FUND (Children)
c/o: H.I.K.E. Board Executive Secretary
530 Elliott Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0202
(712) 325-0812 (Voice)
Website: www.thehikefund.org
E-mail: johnhauser11@gmail.com
The Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment (HIKE) Fund collects funds to award to children who are in need of hearing aids or other assistive listening devices with limited financial resources.

LIONS SIGHT AND HEARING FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
3450 East Spring Street, Suite 212
​Long Beach, CA 90806
Tel: (800) 647-6638
Fax: (888) 958-7554
Contact: https://www.lshf.org/contact-us.html
Website: https://www.lshf.org
LSH helps people who meet our guidelines to obtain critically needed hearing aids. If the applicant meets the guidelines, LSH will fund or share in the cost of providing hearing aids to the applicant, dispensed through a local hearing aid dispensary. In some cases, LSH may also cover copay costs for those with insurance.

MEDI-CAL
(800) 541-5555 (Voice-Toll Free)
Website: www.medi-cal.ca.gov
If you currently are a recipient of Medi-Cal benefits, you may obtain hearing aids through the program.

MIRACLE-EAR® FOUNDATION 
1-877-632-6320  (Voice-Toll Free)
Website:  https://www.miracle-ear.com/miracle-ear-foundation
The Gift of Sound™
With a commitment to helping individuals live and hear more fully, the Miracle-Ear Foundation was established in 1990, to offer the Gift of Sound to individuals and families in need.

SERTOMA
(816) 333-8300 (Voice)
Website: www.sertoma.org
This service organization is dedicated to helping people with speech, language and hearing disorders. Individuals clubs within the state may help with hearing aid funding.

TPA SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE DEAF AND NEAR DEAF
The Travelers Protective Association of America
3755 Lindell Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 371-0533 (Voice)
(314) 371-0537 (Fax)
Website: www.tpahq.org/scholarshiptrust.html
E-mail: support@tpahq.org
The Travelers Protective Association of America Scholarship Trust for the Deaf and Near Deaf provides financial assistance to individuals of all ages who suffer deafness or hearing impairment. NOTE: Completed application must be returned by March 1st of each year. TPA Trustees review all applications on file in April notifies recipients in May, and checks are mailed after August 1st. Recipients may receive additional aid and must complete a new application each time they seek additional help.

VETERAN’S ADMINISTRATION (VA)
California Department of Veterans Affairs
(800) 952-5626 (Voice-Toll Free)
(800) 324-5966 (TTY)
(800) 221-8998 (Voice-Toll Free Outside California)
Website: https://www.va.gov/
If you are a veteran of the armed services and you think your hearing loss may be service-connected, you may be eligible for assistive technology devices and services through the Veteran’s Administration (VA). Your local VA office will be able to refer you to the appropriate VA medical facility for assistance.

COCHLEAR IMPLANT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
The organizations listed below may offer financial assistance to people with limited incomes towards the purchase of cochlear implants.

MEDI-CAL
(800) 541-5555 (Voice-Toll Free)
Website: www.medi-cal.ca.gov
If you currently are a recipient of Medi-Cal benefits, you may obtain cochlear implants through the program.

MEDICARE
(800) 633-4227 (Voice-Toll Free)
(877) 486-2048 (TTY)
Website: www.medicare.gov
Medicare is authorized to cover cochlear implants, but will not cover payments for hearing aids.

National Resources

Air Force Aid Society
Alexander Graham Bell Association
Association of Late-Deafened Adults
Better Hearing Institute
Cerner’s First Hand Foundation (Kids)
Easter Seals
Foundation for Sight and Sound
Healthy Hearing
Hearing Loss Association of America
National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management
Oticon Pediatrics National Hearing Aid Loaner
Bank Program

The HIKE Fund
Travelers Protective Association of America
United Healthcare Children’s Foundation
US Department of Veterans Affairs

Updated 10-16-2019