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      National Resources

      • AARP
        800-424-3410
        www.aarp.org
        Consumer Guide to Hearing Aids
      • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
        202-337-5220 voice 5221 TTY
        www.agbell.org
      • Better Hearing Institute
        800-327-9355 (voice)
        www.betterhearing.org 
        Provides educational material and publications on hearing loss, aids, resources.
      • Hear Now/Hearing Foundation International, Inc.
        800-648-4327 consumers
        800-328-8602 physicians/agencies
        www.hearingaide.org 
        Purchase of hearing aids for low-income children and adults (including senior citizens).
      • Hearing Aids for Kids
        888-495-2949
        This private practice audiologist makes hearing aids available to children at a significantly reduced cost if families cannot afford; located in Utah. If unable to come to her practice, she will work through local licensed audiologists who will waive the normal fees to dispense and fit the aids.
      • HIKE – Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment
        352-688-2579
        www.thehikefund.org 
        Provides hearing aids for children ages birth to 22 from low-income families.
      • International Hearing Society
        800-521-5247 (voice)
        http://ihsinfo.org/IhsV2/Home/Index.cfm 
        Consumer information kit available for resources in own community; will help identify a competent, professional "hearing instrument specialist" in your area.
      • Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc.
        301-657-2248 voice 2249 TTY
        http://www.shhh.org 
        National organization of/for individuals who have hearing loss; bi-monthly journal, publications, annual national conference, state chapters.

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      State Specific Resources
       

      IOWA

      • Child Health Specialty Clinics (IOWA ONLY)
        319-356-1118 voice
        Will purchase hearing aids for children with special health care needs, if eligible medically and financially, and no other services are available.
      • Iowa Program for Assistive Technology
        800-348-7192 (Jennifer)
        http://www.uiowa.edu/infotech/InfoTech 
        Assistive technology loan programs, resources, relationships with vendors.

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      NEBRASKA

      • Aging and Disability Services (NEBRASKA ONLY)
        800-358-8802
        http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/index.htm 
        Will purchase hearing aids for children with special health care needs, if eligible medically and financially, and no other services are available.
      • Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership
        888-806-6287
        http://www.atp.ne.gov 
        Assistive technology loan programs, resources, relationships with vendors.

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      KANSAS

      • Assistive Technology for Kansans
        800-KANDOIT (800-526-3648)
        http://atk.ku.edu/ 
        Assistive technology loan programs, resources, relationships with vendors.
      • Children's Miracle Network Children's Mercy Hospital
         Kansas City, MO
        816-346-1370
      • St. Francis Hospital
        Topeka, KS
        785-295-8181
      • University of Kansas Medical Center
        Kansas City, KS
        913-588-5937
      • Via Christi
        Wichita, KS
        316-268-5000
      • Make a Difference Information Network (KANSAS ONLY)
        800-332-6262 
        http://www.makeadifferenceks.org

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      MISSOURI

      • Missouri Assistive Technology
        800-647-8557 (voice) 8558 (TTY)
        http://www.at.mo.gov/ 
        Assistive technology loan programs, resources, relationships with vendors.
      • Special Healthcare Needs (MISSOURI ONLY)
        800-451-0669
        http://www.dhss.mo.gov/SHCN 
        Will purchase hearing aids for children with special health care needs, if eligible medically and financially, and no other services are available.
      • United Cerebral Palsy
        800-872-5827 voice
        202-973-7197 TTY
        http://www.ucp.org 
        Financial assistance and equipment loan programs available (services vary state by state and program to program).

        Some regional programs:

        UCP of Kansas
        Wichita 316-688-1888

        UCP of Greater Kansas City (Kansas & Missouri)
        816-531-4454

        UCP of St. Louis
        314-994-1600

        UCP of Northwest Missouri
        St. Joseph
        816-364-3836

        UCP of Nebraska
        Omaha
        402-572-3686

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      Service Clubs

      These service clubs may provide financial assistance.* There may be other service clubs or local chapters in your community. In addition to these national contacts, check the white and yellow pages in your telephone book for local contacts. (Some states also have a Hearing Aid Bank sponsored by these organizations that distribute recycled hearing aids.)

      • Business & Professional Women's Clubs National Federation
        2012 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036
        202-293-1100
        www.bpwusa.org
      • Civitan International
        1 Civitan Place Birmingham, AL 35213-1983
        800-CIVITAN (800-248-4826)
        www.civitan.org
      • Kiwanis International
        3636 Woodview Trace Indianapolis, IN 46268-3196
        800-549-2647
        www.kiwanis.org
      • Lions Clubs International
        300 West 22nd Street Oak Brook, IL 60521
        630-571-5466
        www.lionsclubs.org
      • Pilot International
        P.O. Box 4844 Macon, GA 31208
        478-743-7403
        www.pilotinternational.org
      • Quota International
        1420 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
        202-331-9694
        www.quota.org
      • Rotary International
        1 Rotary Center 1560 Sherman Avenue Evanston, IL 60201
        847-866-3000
        www.rotary.org
      • Sertoma International
        1912 East Myer Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64132
        816-333-8300
        www.sertoma.org
      • Shriner's International Headquarters
        2900 Rocky Point Drive Tampa, FL 33607
        813-281-0300
        www.shrinershq.org

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      Other Possible Funding Sources

      • Area Agencies on Aging
      • Centers for Independent Living
      • Medicaid
      • Private Insurance Policies/HMOs
      • Union Benefits
      • Veterans Administration
      • Vocational Rehabilitation

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      Check your local telephone book for the location nearest you.

      This information was compiled by by Beth Jordan at Helen Keller National Center, Shawnee Mission, KS, 913-677-4562 V/TTY, Fall, 2001.