Texas Hands & Voices understands the financial burdens that technology for our d/hh kids can place on families. While our chapter is not able to help families with the costs directly, we do have a list of resources which may help. Please look through the links below to see if one of these agencies, businesses, organizations or tools can help you with funding.
- HB 490 text and FAQ regarding private insurance coverage of hearing aids and CIs
- Children's Hearing Aid Texas - call or email for more information
- CHIP: The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offers low-cost health coverage for children from birth through age 18. CHIP is designed for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford to buy private health coverage.
- STAR: STAR is a Medicaid-managed care plan. This plan helps family members of any age. Texas Children’s Health Plan offers STAR in more than 20 counties in the Jefferson and Harris Service Areas.
- Dallas Hearing Foundation: The foundation’s mission is to provide medical and surgical treatment, hearing technologies, speech and hearing rehabilitation, and educational support to those who are in financial need.
- En Voz Alta @ El Paso Children's Hospital offers assistance in paying for hearing aids. Application deadlines apply. Ask your audiologist there for information.
- Run to Hear, inc: "A non-profit corporation dedicated to raising funds for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals." www.runtohear.org
- The Marquardt Foundation is working with Texas Hands & Voices to establish a hearing aid loaner bank. If you have working hearing aids that you no longer need, please contact them or us to get details.
- Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) helps people who have a disability that interferes with their access to telephone networks purchase basic specialized assistive equipment or services.
- Hands & Voices Listing of Private Funding Resources
- At HealthyHearing search for Financial aid or click on "Free Consumer Guides HAPPY" and they will send you a pdf with many resources.
- HLAA's page on Financial Assistance: Programs & Foundations
- NCHAM Financing resources –Financial assistance For Hearing aids, Better Hearing Institute [PDF] – Sample Appeal Letter
- Oticon has a hearing aid/FM loaner program (3 month loan period) for families with kids birth to three. Ask your audiologist for details.
- Comfort Audio's list of Financial Aid Links
- Other possible sources depend on the area in which a person resides: Rotary International, Quota International, Sertoma Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, and Lion's Clubs. Contact your local group.
- Military: If you are a military veteran and a member of the American Legion, they offer a discount program through Hear PO for the family
Higher Education Resources – Scholarships, Grants and Waivers
* Note: qualifications, deadlines and availability of the following vary. These have been shared with us by various sources and it is up to you to determine if they apply to your situation or not.
- Certificate of Deafness Tuition Waiver at state-supported post secondary schools in Texas – must submit a completed form, be 17 or older and establish proof of functional deafness.
- TAPED: Texas Assoc. of Parents and Educators of D/HH scholarships to deserving d/hh high school seniors and to individuals interested in pursuing degrees in the field of deaf education and interpreting.
- Texas A&M: General Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
- Sertoma: Students with clinically significant bilateral hearing loss, graduating from high school, or undergraduate students pursuing four-year college degrees in any discipline are eligible for the scholarship.
- A G Bell Scholarship
- Cochlear Scholarships
- Check with the links below, your College/University website and your HS Counselor for local scholarships.
- College Board Scholarship page
- Disability Scholarships for HI
- Mike Rowe Works: Work Ethic scholarships for youth attending tradeschools