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Paying for Children’s Hearing Aids

Are there options available to assist in funding for children's hearing aids?

Early intervention through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) also provides coverage for certain costs associated with audiology services. Early intervention services are provided either through your local school system or through your local health department, depending on the state in which you live. Check with your early intervention service coordinator to determine whether your child qualifies for early intervention and what is covered.

Hearing aid loan banks may provide hearing aids on a temporary basis to children in need. Please call your early intervention program to see if this service is available in your area.

To learn more about funding options for hearing aids or other products or services, please visit our Funding Resources page.

What is the responsibility of the school district when it comes to a student's hearing aids and hearing assistive technology systems?

If a student is eligible for services under IDEA or has a Section 504 plan (under the Rehabilitation Act), then schools are responsible to ensure that hearing aids worn in school are functioning properly. Moreover, hearing assistive technology must be provided if the student requires that service. Students with hearing loss can benefit greatly from, and are frequently provided, hearing assistive technology systems (such as frequency modulation systems) in their school. It is important that parents choose a hearing aid with capabilities (such as telecoil) to work with these systems.

Schools must also ensure that those using hearing assistive technology systems (including teachers) are properly trained.

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