Resource Guide: CHILDREN’S HEARING AIDS & AUDITORY TRAINERS

Last Updated; February 18, 2014

Dorothy Ames Trust Fund

Trust Client Services
Key Trust Mail Code NY-31-66-0942, Albany, NY
66 South Pearl Street, 9th Floor
P.O. Box 22042
Albany, NY 12207
Edward DeLuccia, Assistant Vice President
1-866-238-8650 (V Toll-free)
(518) 257-9670 (FAX)

Through grants, the fund assists deaf children in New England to purchase hearing aids and hire auditory trainers and to teach them to use their voices as distinguished from sign language. To apply, provide a copy of an audiologist report, a statement of need from parents, an estimate of cost for equipment or services requested, and a copy of the parents most recent, signed tax return.

Howard & Espa Michaud Charitable Trust

30 Skyway Drive
Unit 100
Caribou, ME 04736

Contact Person: Judy DeMerchant
1-800-432-7366(V)
TTY Users Call Maine Relay 711
493-4168 (FAX)
Email: judy.demerchant@maine.gov

This trust is designed to assist “children from the Aroostook County area, with special emphasis on children from the greater Presque Isle area, who are in need of special treatment related to audio disorders or deficiencies." Funds may be used exclusively for the care, treatment and/or furnishing of devices for children with hearing impairments or disorders. All other funding sources must be accessed first.

Insurance Companies are required to provide hearing aid coverage for children up to the age of 18 years (there are a few exceptions). Contact your insurance company for details. To view the law go to www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/24-A/title24-Asec2762.html

MaineCare

11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-011
1-800-977-6740 (V)
TTY Users Call Maine Relay 711

MaineCare provides limited coverage on hearing aids for children 21 years of age and under. Contact MaineCare for more details.

Miracle-Ear Children's Foundation

P.O. Box 59261
Minneapolis, MN 55459-0261
1-800-234-5422 (V)

The Miracle-Ear Children's Foundation works in cooperation with local Miracle-Ear Centers nationwide to provide free hearing aids, services and support materials to children age 16 and under whose families do not qualify for public assistance, yet cannot cover the expense of hearing aids. The yearly gross wages required for assistance is under $50,000, and the child must live in the United States. The Miracle-Ear Children's Foundation, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, receives funding from Miracle-Ear, Inc. and through individual donations.

Penobscot Community Health Center (PCHC)/Warren Center

P.O. Box 439
Bangor, ME 04401
941-2850 (V)
1-877-542-9000 (Toll Free V)
941-4932 (TTY)
941-2852 (FAX)
Website: Penobscot Community Health Center (PCHC)/Warren Center

Ann Marie Power, Practice Manager
MaryBeth B. Richards, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Leader

Our Mission: The PCHC/Warren Center provides evaluations, therapies and technologies in the areas of speech, language development and hearing to children and adults of Central and Eastern Maine.

Audiology: The PCHC/Warren Center provides complete audiometric evaluations performed by our licensed, certified doctors of audiology. Evaluations include a number of specialized tests for infants, children and adults that assess hearing ability and type of loss, such as nerve damage or ear infection.

Complete Hearing Aid Services: Hearing aids may be purchased through the PCHC/Warren Center after a complete diagnostic evaluation. With recommendations from the audiologists, you can choose from a wide variety of hearing aids, including programmable and digital aids. The PCHC/Warren Center offers a 30-day trial period and a two-year warranty with any new hearing aid. Hearing aid repairs and servicing are available for most makes and models.

The Regional Hearing Aid Bank: ReHAB for short, is designed to provide one hearing aid to those members of our community who are unable to afford them. It utilizes donated behind-the-ear hearing aids that can be refurbished and reprogrammed for use by another person. The ReHAB program is designed particularly for members of the community who are unable to be served by the Veterans’ Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation program, insurances or other third-party providers and whose annual income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

There is an application process and a waiting list (which can be up to three years long, depending on funding availability) for these services. Applications are available by calling the PCHC/Warren Center at 941-2850 or may be picked up at the PCHC/Warren Center office at 175 Union Street, Bangor. The contact person is Tammi LeBrecque, Email: tlebrecque@pchcbangor.org.

Donations of hearing aids to benefit the ReHAB program are always accepted. Behind-the-ear hearing aids of all makes and models are those used for refurbishment and placement. In-the-ear hearing aids are recycled, and the proceeds are then used to help with the costs of refurbishing the behind-the-ear hearing aids. Hearing aids may be dropped off or mailed to the PCHC/Warren Center office at 175 Union Street, Bangor, Maine 04401.

Cochlear Implant Mapping: Besides hosting the only such program in central, eastern or northern Maine, the PCHC/Warren Center also is the state's only cochlear implant programming/mapping facility and is one of three in New England. The others are located in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. PCHC/Warren Center staff work closely with staff of all three implant teams.