Many persons with hearing loss do not realize they may be covered by the ADA in their workplace or public facilities and loopholes were addressed in 2008.
Hearing loss is the third largest health problem after heart disease and arthritis in America today. When people cannot afford hearing aids it impacts their work and earning potential, relationships, education opportunities, and their ability to participate socially.
Approximately 95 percent of people with hearing loss can be helped by hearing aids, only 23 percent use them. Cost of hearing aids is a primary reason for not seeking help. NIDCD's working group is investigating ways to make hearing care affordable.
The Hearing Foundation (Ear of the Lion) was founded by Lions Clubs in California and Nevada to provide financial assistance for hearing aids for individuals who cannot afford them.
Help Me Hear Foundation provides financial help for hearing aids and cochlear implants for children with hearing loss, when their families cannot otherwise afford to pay for these devices and services.
The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation provides affordable digital hearing aids and hearing screenings to low-income residents. Assistance also is provided for hearing aids for seniors.
Oticon Hearing Foundation made a $27,500 donation by the to the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF) to support graduate audiology scholarships.