Help America Hear

Purpose

Help America Hear offers new, high-quality hearing aids to eligible people with hearing loss. Currently, the organization offers two distinctly different programs:  

The Help America Hear Program provides quality hearing aids to low/moderate income individuals who qualify.

The Scholarship Program offers a financial and hearing aid award to five hard-of-hearing high school seniors each school year. 

Contact(s)

888-580-8886
email: info@helpamericahear.org
website: helpamericahear.org

Financial Criteria

Income and asset limits apply.

Eligibility

  • All ages; children and adults who meet the criteria of Tier 1, 2, or 3
  • Find information about the tiers under Who Can Apply on their website
  • Hearing loss mush be moderate to profound

AT Services Provided/Covered

None.

AT Devices Provided/Covered

Hearing aids

Application Process

The Help America Hear Program Download the application from their website. The application process is based on several factors:

  • Annual Gross Household Income
  • Insurance Hearing Aid Benefits, and/or co-pay 
  • Assets or investments, trusts, etc., savings, and/or checking 
  • Hearing loss must be moderate to profound. 

The Scholarship Program- 

Along with an essay, the applicant must provide: 

  1. A completed scholarship application
  2. Photo of applicant
  3. A copy of the student's Hearing Instruments Evaluation, no more than 6 months old  
  4. Copy of college or vocational school acceptance letter (if received)  
  5. A signed photo release (if the student is a minor, then the form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian). It is requested parents sign one as well.  
  6. A signed HIPAA form (if the student is a minor, then must be signed by a parent/legal guardian)  
  7. Two (2) letters of reference. One from a teacher, a guidance counselor, a coach, etc., and one individual outside of school and family (i.e. employer, community leader, college professor, etc.)
    1. Depending on the type of reference, each letter should include but is not limited to:
      1. Why do they recommend the student for this scholarship
      2. A brief description of the student’s social involvement in school and in the community
      3. Details of the student’s academic performance
      4. Extracurricular activities 

Learn more about the scholarship program on their website.

Pieces of the Puzzle

  • Individuals may apply every five years.   
  • Should be considered a funding resource of last resort. 
  • All applicants must exhaust all other financial resources including but not limited to available credit, family support, money market accounts, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, trust funds, annuities, savings/checking, and State-sponsored programs. 
  • Lists of participating hearing aid providers by state is available on the webpage Hearing Aid Providers.