Children now qualify for more hearing aid assistance

The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education at the Indiana State Department of Health is working to make hearing aids more available to deaf and hard of hearing children in Indiana through changes to the Hearing Aid Assistance Program of Indiana.

As of July 1, children age 3 and older are eligible for up to $2,000 per hearing aid, including bone anchored hearing aids, through a participating audiologist. Previously, children age 5 and up qualified for up to $1,500 per hearing aid.

Most private insurance carriers do not cover hearing aids, which can cost as much as $6,000 a pair.

The Indiana General Assembly appropriated funding to create the program, which launched in 2016 to ensure that Hoosier children can obtain technology that provides optimal access to their auditory environment.

For more information or to find a participating audiologist, contact the Indiana State Department of Health HAAPI administrator at 317-828-0211, email info@HAAPIndiana.org or visit the HAAPI website at www.HAAPIndiana.org.