New state health program to help deaf and hard of hearing children

Summarized by Jeni Ten Eyck, staff writer

Indiana just announced a new program to help families afford hearing aids for their children.

Many deaf and hard of hearing children use hearing aids to hear louder sounds and some speech. However, hearing aids typically cost between $1000-$6000 and are usually not covered by private insurance companies. The Indiana Department of Health CDHHE realized it was an issue and found a way to help families.

They created The Hearing and Assistance Program of Indiana, which begins this month. Parents of school-aged children are allowed to apply for hearing aids if their insurance does not cover them. This program, along with those in other states, will hopefully help lead the way to better financial aid for hearing aids.

To read the original article and learn how to apply, click here.

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