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Johns Hopkins has identified the following organizations as possible sources for support and financial as stance. For more information please contact the organization directly. 

Accommodations during Treatment

Believe in Tomorrow Children's House at Johns Hopkins
Believe In Tomorrow’s hospital housing program, provides overnight accommodations to families of children receiving treatment at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, MD.

Cochlear Implant and Hearing aid Manufacturers

Advanced Bionics
http://www.advancedbionics.com/

Cochlear
http://www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/us/home

MedEl
http://www.medel.com/us/

Phonak
https://www.phonak.com/us/en.html?referrer

ReSound
http://www.resound.com/en-US

Hearing Loss Associations/Organizations

American Academy of Audiology
The worlds largest professional organization of, for and by audiologists

American Cochlear Implant Alliance
ACI Alliance unites the medical community, patients, families, advocates and other professionals to improve the acceptance of and access to cochlear implants for one simple reason: to help enrich people's lives even fuller.

American Speech Language and Hearing Association
ASHAs mission is to ensure that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders have access to quality services to help them communicate effectively. ASHA is the governing body for speech language pathologists and audiologists.

Hearing Loss Association of America
HLA is a consumer, educational organization devoted to the welfare and interests of those who cannot hear well, their relatives, and friends.

AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center
For children and adults with hearing loss, their families and the professionals who support them.

Education/Rehabilitation Resources

Adults and Children

Hearing and Speech Agency
HASA supports and facilitates individual choice in how to communicate.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University
The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.

National Cued Speech Association
An organization that promotes utilizing cued speech as a communication mode.

Maryland Cued Speech Association
The Maryland Cued Speech Association (MDCSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of children and adults in the state of Maryland to utilize and have access to Cued Speech in all settings.

National Association of the Deaf
NAD is the oldest and largest constituency organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications.

Center for Hearing and Communication
The Center for the Hard of Hearing's mission is to improve the quality of life for infants, children and adults with all degrees of hearing loss. It accomplishes its mission by providing hearing rehabilitation and human services for people who are hard of hearing or deaf, and their families, regardless of age, ability to pay, or mode of communication, and by striving to empower consumers to achieve their potential.

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
NCDB is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for children and youth who are deaf-blind. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), NCDB builds on the technical assistance activities of NTAC, the information services and dissemination activities of DB-LINK and adds a third focus related to personnel training.

Children Only

The River School
The River School provides successful educational experiences for children and their families by uniting the best practices of early childhood education and oral deaf education; and to promote clinical research and training in child language literacy.

Cochlear Implant School Toolkit
Information, tips, and strategies to welcome a child with a cochlear implant into a mainstream classroom.

Maryland Parent Connections
Programs for  Families of Young Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

John Tracy Clinic
The John Tracy clinic's mission is to offer hope, guidance and encouragement to families of infants and preschool children with hearing losses by providing free, parent-centered services worldwide.

Hands & Voices
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech 
The mission is to provide children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the listening, and spoken language skill they need to succeed. Offering services in : NYC, Philadelphia, Boston, Jacksonville, and Northampton.

Financial Assistance

Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state Vocational Rehab program that provides services to people with disabilities who want to work or keep their current employment. Programs and services for eligible individuals may include vocational evaluation, skills training, academic preparation and job placement assistance. People who are hard of hearing and trying to secure or retain employment may be eligible for hearing aids, assistive devices, interpreter services and more.
For more information contact the DORS administrative office at 1-888-554-0334 and they will direct you to your local Maryland office.

Maryland Accessible Telecommunications program provides free assistive telephone communications equipment to qualified individuals residing in the state of Maryland. MAT distributes free TTYs, amplified handsets, and other assistive devices to qualified applicants who have difficulty using the telephone. MAT does not provide hearing aids. For detailed information and an application, contact Maryland Relay Customer Service at 1-800-555-7724. For assistance outside of Maryland, find information about assistance in your state.

Maryland Technology Assistance Program may provide temporary loans of equipment, loans for purchasing equipment, as well as referral services and demonstration centers. This service does not have a hearing aid program. For more information and qualification requirements, call 410-554-9230 or 1-800-832-4827.

Miracle Ear Children’s Foundation provides free Miracle Earâ hearing aids and services to children from low-income families. To receive assistance through this foundation the child must be a resident of the United States, 16 years old or younger, in a family with an income level that does not allow for public support and in a family committed to the necessary follow-up services needed as the child grows. For more information, please call 1-800-234-5422. (better link -http://www.miracle-ear.com/miracle-ear-foundation)

Starkey Hearing Foundation, in conjunction with the HEAR NOW program, works to provide hearing aids to individuals and families with limited financial resources. This foundation assists individuals who are residents of the United States and qualify under the National Poverty Guidelines for assistance. Contact the Starkey Hearing Foundation at 1-800-769-2799 for an application and more information. (better link - https://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/Hear-Now)

United States Veterans Administration may provide hearing aids and assistive technology for eligible veterans. Depending on the eligibility and the degree of service-related hearing loss, veterans may receive free hearing aid services. Veterans must visit a local VA medical facility for services. For more information, contact the VA Health Care Benefits Center at 1-877-222-8387.

The Foundation of Sight and Sound, Help America Hear Program is a national program that provides hearing aid assistance to men, women and children who have no other resources available to obtain hearing aids. For more information, call 631-366-3461 or visit them online. 

The Disabled Children's Relief Fund is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to acting as an advocate for the rights and needs of children with disabilities. Founded in 1990, DCRF provides cash grants for disabled children, with preference given to families who do not have health insurance. Grants are provided for assistive devices, equipment, and rehabilitative services, as well as for innovative arts and humanitarian services for children with disabilities. DCRF publishes a regular newsletter entitled "The Challenger."

IMAGE (Independent Marylanders Achieving Growth through Empowerment) Center may be able to assist patients with the purchase or repair of hearing aids through their Assistive Technology Program. For more information, call 443-275-9395 or visit the website. 

Independence Now is a nonprofit organization that was created to help people with disabilities in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties remain independent. They act as a resource and advocacy center and may be able to assist with obtaining hearing aids. For more information, you may visit their website or call 301-277-2839.

The Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center through the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing sponsors several financial aid programs to obtain hearing aids for children. For more information, visit http://www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org and search “financial aid” or call 202-337-5220.

Maryland Hearing Aid Loan Bank provides infants and toddlers up to the age of 3 access to hearing aids for a 6 month period while waiting for a more permanent solution. For more information you can contact them by phone at 410-767-0739 or email Stacy Fitzgerald, stacy.fitzgerald@maryland.gov.

Hike Fund, Inc.,  the Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment fund, will provide hearing aids and/or assistive devices for children with hearing impairments between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially. An estimate of 100 children are provided with hearing devices each year. For more information, call 636-928-2101.

Civic/Service Organizations receive charitable donations to purchase hearing aids and other devices for low-income individuals. Clubs often recondition hearing aids and donate them to needy individuals.  These local organizations include: 

  • National Easter Seal Society 
  •  Kiwanis Clubs, 
  • March of Dimes, 
  • Rotary Clubs, 
  • United Way, 
  • Sertoma Clubs, 
  • Lions International and Optimist Clubs.