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What Worldwide Charities Offer Free Hearing Aids?

Numerous worldwide charities provide hearing aids to those patients in need.
A doctor or health professional can help the hearing impaired find local assistance for free hearing aids.
The Help Me Hear Foundation provides hearing aids to poor children everywhere.
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While 95% of people with hearing loss can benefit from a hearing aid, 30% of patients cannot afford one. Fortunately, there are many organizations and charities worldwide that offer free hearing aids to people who qualify. Typically, a patient will need a medical professional's diagnosis to qualify. In many cases, proven financial need will also be necessary.

The Lions Club International Foundation collects used hearing aids. After having them refurbished, the organization distributes them to patients who demonstrate financial need. The Children's Miracle Network serves children with medical needs, including hearing loss, in the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia.

The Gift of Hearing Foundation's mission is to provide low-cost cochlear implant surgery to low-income patients. The Let Them Hear Foundation provides free services to low-income, hearing impaired people without health care. Serving both children and adults, the foundation mainly cares for patients in the United States, but also conducts global trips to serve people worldwide.

Hearing for Children provides cochlear implants for children and adults around the world. It requires patients to pay what they can, and then distributes low or no interest loans to fulfill the rest of the cost. Free hearing aids are available for patients completely unable to pay. The Help Me Hear Foundation gives hearing aids to impoverished children across the world.

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Rotary International is a worldwide service organization made up of 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. They provide various health services, including free hearing aids. Assisting children under the age of 14, Miracle-Ear® Children's Foundation serves residents of the United States and Puerto Rico by providing hearing aids as well as support services.

Hear Now, a project of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, assists residents of the United States who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and have limited financial resources. United States residents may also benefit from the Sertoma Club, a civic service organization that provides hearing and speech support. The Disabled Children's Relief Fund, which helps children with disabilities obtain medical equipment, including hearing aids, is also available.

Doctors and other health care professionals can also be able to direct people in need to both local and international services that provide hearing aids at little or no cost. Schools and government health and rehabilitation services for children or people with disabilities, such as Medicaid in the United States, may also be able to help. Implant centers themselves also sometimes have charitable programs available to patients.

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anon285895
Post 12

I'm saving really hard to buy my elderly father's hearing aids. The audiologist recommended that my father takes the finance option, and it seems the easiest solution, but one that we just can’t afford. Walking out of that clinic with no more than a pamphlet was hard. It felt like I let my dad down. Dad's words were, “It’s ok love. Let's go home.” It makes me determined more than ever to help him hear.

It’s hard to watch my father’s face of confusion, the smiles, the gentle nods, the “what was that question?” over and over again The hopelessness. It breaks my heart I have cried so many tears. It’s so hard to watch someone you love struggle. Wish me luck $6500 nzd is my goal.

anon266708
Post 11

I have a brother who lost his hearing while he was sick and due to excessive antibiotics. I would love to know if there is any assistance on him getting hearing aids so he can live a normal life.

anon219995
Post 10

I would like to have the cheapest and best hearing aid for me.

anon198496
Post 9

You should check with your department of health and human services. They have free clinics and doctors that can prescribe you and recommend free medication and or medical devices. You also may want to check out any sort of living assistance, Medicare. Depending on where you live they have localized government health insurance for the uninsured. You may be qualified, or your parents, and use theirs, depending on how old you are.

anon170641
Post 8

This is a great help for those who losses their hearing capabilities. I am a mother who also had a child who had hearing problem. She is three years old now and the time we knew that she had hearing problem is when she was two. We already sent her to hearing institutions like the Manila Hearing Center but then they said that my child needed to undergo cochlear implant which cost millions.

It's bad news for us parents because we didn't have enough money to have our child get the cochlear implant. That's why whoever those who have kind hearts please help my child to be able to hear the beauty of sounds that God gave us.

youbiKan
Post 5

Well I am one of those seniors that was actually the benefactor of one of these amazing charities to give me the gift of hearing. As an elderly gentleman I have not been able to afford my own hearing aids for a very long time and because of this I always had to get by with very low quality options that made it obvious I have hearing aids in my ears.

Now that I've been given professional quality custom fitted hearing aids from my physician, I feel a lot more confidence not only the ability for my ears to comprehend my loved ones are saying to me but also in public because I don't feel embarrassed to have two pieces sticking from the protrusions of my ears.

I already have enough your hair is an old man I don't need extra thing sticking out awkwardly and making myself embarrassed in social situations. Thanks to the organization donated my hearing aids and I encourage anybody who's in the position to donate, please donate to a hearing aid charity organization.

FrogFriend
Post 4

Many seniors that are at disadvantaged economic status have difficult times obtaining the proper kind of medical attention that they need. Because of this, obtaining quality remains is difficult challenge for these seniors. Often, because of their small budgets or subsidized income space on welfare services or Social Security benefits, discount hearing aids are purchased and are popular among their groups because of their cost.

While these discount hearing aids might do an okay job, they often do not last as long as the higher-quality hearing. There is always the old saying that you get what you pay for. When we think of the market in that sense, it makes a better logical argument to afford a more costly and quality hearing aid.

Like all things that are available on the market, however there is always a difference between price and quality. Just because a hearing aid cost more doesn't mean that it necessarily is a better quality hearing aid. Because of these differences you should consult a physician specifically your physician to ensure that you are obtaining the proper type of hearing device that will continue to 80 your quality of life as you reach into your golden years.

dkarnowski
Post 3

While hearing aids are a great thing for charities to help older people with, I do think there are many parts of elderly care that are neglected and charities could definitely help with. I also think that if there are international charity organizations that are helping the elderly with free hearing aids for seniors, I think you need to get the word out about how to get free hearing aids.

After all, the people that get the most can't hear the commercials. In this case the type of marketing materials that an international charity organization would need to succeed in spreading the gift of hearing would be written material.

Hopefully these charity organizations are not dispersing the kinds of hearing aids that do not work properly. Before people give to a charity they should investigate what kind of hearing aids are being given to the benefactors of these deaths. Only the best hearing aids available on the market should be given because it will ensure longevity of a gift that has been donated to help these people hear..

FootballKing
Post 2

Any time an international charity organization has intentions of helping the elderly generations, I have to applaud. The world has seen many charity organizations that focus specifically on children but there are not that many that focus specifically on the elderly and I think that is a sad thing.

The ability to spread the gift of hearing aids to people in their elder years is a beautiful thing. The use of hearing aids enables people of older generations to continue living life normally for longer. Hearing aid prices are skyrocketing with medical costs and as healthcare insurance is becoming harder hard to obtain for the older people in our lives we must focus on helping to bring charities capable of delivering digital hearing aids to our elders.

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