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Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program

Resources: Helping to Pay for Services

Find ways to help pay for hearing devices and services.


First Hand Foundation helps families with clinical necessities, such as medication and surgeries, medical equipment, including hearing aids, and travel related to a child’s care.

Funding Assistance for Audiology Services offers suggestions on where to find funding resources in your community.

Hearing Aid Loaner Programs are a resource that can provide immediate, though temporary, access to appropriate amplification for young children with hearing loss whose parents choose that option.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) features information about how to pursue financing for hearing devices via private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and charities.

HIKE Fund helps provide hearing devices for children from ages of birth to 20 years. This is an extensive, six-page application that requires a family letter as well as a prescription from the doctor.

Starkey Hear Now is an application-based program that provides hearing help to low-income Americans.

Travelers Protective Association of America (TPAA) provides assistance to help families obtain hearing devices and treatment as well as speech therapy, note takers, interpreters, and in other areas that are related to hearing loss.

United Healthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) provides grants for medical-related services that have the potential to enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan, including hearing aids and speech therapy.

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Assistive Technology (AT) through the Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) is an Infant-Toddler Program service. Decisions about AT needs are made by the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) team.

BEGINNINGS Grants to Parents Program helps North Carolina families with children birth to 22 who have a relationship with BEGINNINGS. Assistance is available for transportation costs, therapies, devices, services, or parent education associated with their child’s hearing loss, for which no other source of funding is available.

Carolina Children's Communicative Disorders Program (CCCDP) provides communication devices, as well as UNC physician, audiological, and speech services for qualifying children with hearing and other communication disorders.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program provides funding for hearing aids not covered by insurance for children ages 0 to 3 who are diagnosed with permanent hearing loss at no cost to the family.

North Carolina Medicaid serves low-income parents, children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) offers three programs that expand school choice for eligible students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The Opportunity Scholarship, Disabilities Grant, and Education Savings Account can cover tuition and required fees at a participating nonpublic school. In addition, the Disabilities Grant and Education Savings Account can cover certain other expenses related to educating a child with a disability.

Additional Resources


This Resource List is provided by the North Carolina Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program and its partners including members from the Burke County Learning Community, service agencies, family support organizations, and parents of children with special healthcare needs as a service for individuals who wish to locate pediatric audiology resources in their local area, statewide, and nationally. The NC EHDI Program makes no warranty of the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of this information, and shall not be liable for any decision made in reliance on this information. It is the user's responsibility to verify this information.



Updated: January 23, 2020