LOANER HEARING AID PROGRAM
Let’s be honest, children with hearing aids present unique challenges! The devices get dropped, or lost, or become a chew toy for the family pet. As parents we have all been there at one point or another so as a foundation, FHSR steps in to fund loaner hearing aid banks at pediatric clinics in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. We feel it is crucial for children with hearing loss not to miss a sound or a beat in the ordinary rhythm of their lives due to broken or lost hearing aids.
Loaner Hearing Aid Banks: Broken or Lost – We have you covered
The loaner hearing aid banks provide a bridge for the time between the broken or lost hearing aid and repair or replacement. Depending on each families’ financial health, health insurance and the manufacturers’ warranty requirements, time can be of the essence, so we step in to make sure that a child does not have to go without hearing while their aid is being repaired or replaced. This could range from a few days to a few months to up to a year, depending on the resolution. FHSR is committed to making sure that no child has to miss out on hearing while the original aid is being repaired or replaced.
Cochlear Implant Candidate Process- We have you covered
For children who are deaf and going through the cochlear implant process, there is a requirement for a 6-month waiting period from identification to implantation during which the child is to wear hearing aids. This is to rule out that the child receives any real benefit from wearing an amplification device prior to the prosthetic implant to provide access to sound. The children who are enrolled in the cochlear implant program are able to utilize hearing aids from the loaner hearing aid program during this period to assist the family so they do not have to purchase hearing aids that will only be used for a short period of time.
The loaner hearing aid banks are there for our families in their time of need while they travel a path of implantation or are in the process of repair / replacement, helping to relieve the stress of their child not being able to hear and fully participate in life’s activities.
A single hearing aid can be loaned out many times meeting a child’s hearing needs seamlessly!
FHSR is proud to support these banks through-out Chicago and the suburbs.
Hearing Technology is changing rapidly from captioning to cochlear implants, loops to language software. Follow our blog to learn more and donate to the Loaner Hearing Aid program to help keep the technology available for all children with hearing loss.